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December 15, 2011

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Brett Brown

What exactly did they nail? That Wheldon died from impact to the catch fence? I knew that the afternoon of the accident some two months ago. The experience of some of the drivers and the the number of drivers in the race were not "major factors". Were they medium factors? If so, who is responsible for increased number of participants in the Las Vegas race many of whom had limited to no experience on a high speed oval and what is being done to rectify this?

pressdog

They nailed the execution of the report findings. The report is about as thorough as you're going to find for a racing accident. Compare this effort to the investigation of Paul Dana's death, if there was one, because to my knowledge the findings were never publicly released. The fact that there's no smoking gun kind of big revelation makes the work to investigate and compile the report and the way it was presented no less impressive. You have to do this when someone dies because you don't know anything for sure until you look at the evidence and data. Also, small data points turned up today can lead to big innovations in safety down the road. What they nailed was the conduct of the investigation and the presentation of the findings.

KT

Good recap Pressdog, I agree.

Tim

The report is incorrect in two respects. One, regarding "field density," on page 5, footnote 12. The AAA's 400-foot-per-car rule at Indianapolis created the 33-car field. Two, the concept of 'relatively unrestricted movement within the racing pack not previously experienced," on page 20. Similar multi-lane racing has been experienced and touted at Michigan and Fontana. CART broke up potential packs with the Handford device. Regardless, here's hoping they learn something from it.

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