In the aftermath of Dan Wheldon's death during the Las Vegas IndyCar race, the last things we need are knee jerks and snap judgements.
Please, let the investigation proceed. Strike that ... rather ... please insist that the investigation proceeds. Demand that IndyCar officials and outside experts take a hard, methodical, science-based and objective look at what happened and why, with the goal of making IndyCar racing even safer.The facts and the truth are what we need, not posturing and pretense or being overly concerned with how the facts and truth "make people look." In other words, the inquiry should neither be a quest to find a scapegoat nor a whitewash.
Nobody needs to see gory photos, for example, but then again don't use a supposed concern of sensitivity to Wheldon's family as a blanket excuse to do everything behind closed doors. Some discomfort is part of the price we're all going to pay here, but a balance between disclosure and privacy can be found. By ensuring that members of the public can see for themselves that everything was done properly now, IndyCar will head off years of allegations that corners were cut and sacred cows were spared.
Similarly, all ideas for safety improvements should be welcomed from anyone who wants to offer them, so long as they are motivated by genuine concern (as opposed to spite, quest for profit, open hatred etc. etc.). MORE ideas are needed, not fewer. Vilification of someone who has the courage to offer an idea will only result in fewer ideas being offered by others.
The AP's Jenna Fryer wrote a very good, reasoned column Tuesday no how IndyCar should proceed. Read it here. We all have our rights to express our ideas, outrages and so on. And right now a lot of people are pissed and edgy and emotionally hair-triggered. A lot of us find us at stage three of the grieving steps -- anger and bargaining -- where "frustration gives way to anger, and you may lash out and lay unwarranted blame for the death on someone else."
Consider this my plea for restraint. Jumping the gun on the investigative process can actually damage the prospects for positive changes to come out of such a horrible event.