Dan Wheldon Crash in Las Vegas Speedway Raises Track Critics

By on Oct 18, 2011 in Racing, Sports Comments
Dan Wheldon of England
Dan Wheldon
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The Dan Wheldon crash in Las Vegas Speedway on Sunday has earned criticisms from Jimmie Johnson, and IndyCar drivers, according to reports by several international news sites on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

Reports say that drivers have been critical of the steeply banked mile-and-a half oval of the Las Vegas Speedway track. The drivers believed that the track is suited to stock cars rather than open-wheel cars. According to the drivers, they were left with a little margin of error when at a top speed of 220 mph and in a crowd of 34 drivers.

Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion explained that he never experienced running at 225 mph. The NASCAR champion stated that “there’s very little crumple zone around the driver, it’s an open cockpit and then you add open wheels — it’s just creating situations to get the car off the ground at a high rate of speed. And you can’t control the car when it’s off the ground.”

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