Monday, October 24, 2011

IndyCar Has Drivers Meeting At IMS

((HT: WTHR-TV/Fox59- Indianapolis))

A group of about 20 IndyCar drivers met at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with management to discuss safety in the wake of Dan Wheldon's death on the track in Las Vegas.

"We all got to talk a lot and listen a lot and look at how we can improve things going forward in all areas,"
Dario Franchitti said. "I think it was a very positive and productive meeting and that's the first step. We all want to improve things. It was a massive shock what happened to Dan last week. But we saw in MotoGP yesterday (where rider Marco Simoncelli was killed during the Malaysian Grand Prix) that racing is a dangerous business.

"How we react to this is critical and I'm very encouraged by what I saw today," Franchitti added. "There's still a lot of heavy hearts -- massively -- but everyone is very positive about the outlook. This is the first step and we'll move forward with it."

Kris Kirschner is outside IMS in the dark with a preview...

Randy Bernard, CEO of IndyCar, hasn't said much since the prepared statement he gave in Las Vegas announcing the passing of Wheldon. But Franchitti and other drivers admitted there's a long way to go...

“He had nothing to do with how poorly we were all driving,” Graham Rahal said...

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