Being a race fan has never been the easiest thing in the world. On one side you have those who don’t understand why you could watch cars go around in circles for hours upon hours and on the other you have the race fanatics who give you a bad name. Coming from a Dale Earnhardt, Jr fan this is especially true. Then there are days like today that you wish you were never introduced to the sport of auto racing.
Death. The one subject nobody, let alone those involved in racing want to talk about. It gets shoved so far into the background with all the talk of safer barriers and hans devices, and all the other safety improvements that have been made that when it happens it seems as though the world stops spinning. And today in a fiery 15 car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the world stopped spinning.
I have always liked Dan Wheldon. I can’t say I watched Indy cars religiously but living in Indianapolis it’s all you hear about in the month of May. Even without having a full time ride this year Dan seemed happy just to be in the Indianapolis 500. In fact I am certain I have never seen him without a smile on his face or an upbeat attitude.
There is one thing I know for certain. Everything in this world happens for a reason sometimes we never know why something happens, but the last lap of the Indy 500 was explained fully for us today.
We as fans will always remember the wins and the heartbreaking finishes. Only in very extreme circumstances do we remember the exact date something happened, but only in these situations do we come together as race fans to honor those who have passed doing what they love to do.
February 18, 2001.
March 27, 2006.
October 16, 2011.