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October 18th, 2011 by Luke | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized |

Dan Wheldon’s fatal accident in the IndyCar Series finale in Las Vegas has left the wider motorsport community in shock.

As V8 Supercar driver James Courtney, who Wheldon was set to join at the Gold Coast 600, explained, it was a reality check for race drivers everywhere.

Several thoughts keep popping back into my head in the aftermath of the Indy 500 winner’s passing. Firstly, that Wheldon’s two young boys won’t ever get to know their Dad.

If that’s not sad enough, neither of the Englishman’s lads is old enough now to remember their Dad in the future.

Secondly, car racing is just that – car racing. In happier times, not too many of the participants or crews look to be having fun, despite it being a form of entertainment. I’m probably guilty of it myself.

Head to a V8 Supercar round and you would think most people there had dropped their lolly bags. Guys, it’s only car racing; a sporting pursuit that, despite being many people’s passion, means little in the grand scheme of things.

The end of the Bathurst 1000 reminded me of why I love the sport. Two great drivers, Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes, going at it hammer and tongs after seven hours in a magical setting. Great stuff.

Earlier on race day, a driver in the Touring Car Masters escaped a wreck that could have left him seriously injured. Or worse. Especially if his 1968 Mustang had not been converted to right-hand drive somewhere along the line. Thankfully.

Next stop Surfers Paradise. A black cloud will hang over it given the tragedy in Las Vegas, yet it’s also possible the reality check will have everyone in the right frame of mind. We love it, but it’s only car racing.

Wheldon’s death was not just a reality check for drivers, but for the whole racing community.

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