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Baltimore Sun staff | October 17, 2011
GP Sports Management is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our dear friend and client, Dan Wheldon. Dan was a winner. For the past 11 years we were privileged to watch Dan become a champion on the track and a devoted family man off it. He loved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was immensely proud to have his name etched twice on the Borg Warner trophy alongside some of the Indy 500 greats. He touched so many people in racing and around the world with his warm smile, his charming personality and his genuine good nature.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard stops mid-sentence. He glances at the ceiling in the hotel conference room where he has been ensconced for most of the day. "I actually don't know how the crowd is out there," he says. "How is the crowd out there?" Bernard, in his third season leading America's top circuit of open-wheel racing, spends his race weekends not strolling the grounds of tracks or simply gland-handing in VIP rooms. The days leading up to each race, with team owners and drivers gathered in one place, are used for business.
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October 16, 2011
The following is a statement from INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard: "INDYCAR is sad to announce that Dan Wheldon passed away from unsurvivable injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan and his family. INDYCAR, its drivers and teams have decided to end the race. We will run a five-lap salute in honor of Dan. "
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Kevin Cowherd | September 1, 2012
The drivers don't like to talk about it. IndyCar isn't crazy about the subject, either. But there's no getting around the danger of open-wheel racing. You don't have to be a genius to figure out why. Take Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore. For openers, you'll have 25 cars racing at ridiculously high speeds around a tight 2.04-mile course in the heart of a city. Throw 25 super-competitive drivers into the mix. Now add road surface changes from concrete to asphalt, 300 manhole covers, blind turns and light-rail tracks and the potential for disaster is everywhere.
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By Sandra McKee | October 18, 2011
I was covering motorsports for four years before I saw someone die in what might be considered a senseless crash. I didn't know Ricky Knotts, a 28-year-old driver who had spent every dime he and his parents could muster to qualify for the 1980 Daytona 500. He died on Valentine's Day in a simple crash, a crash exactly like the one that would claim seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt's life 21 years later. I was there for Earnhardt's death, too. Both of those accidents at first glance might seem innocuous, but they were both devastating, head-on collisions into the outside wall at Daytona International Speedway.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Simona de Silvestro walked through the lobby of an Inner Harbor hotel Thursday looking comfortable in her white shirt and black jeans. "I feel like I'm back home," the IndyCar driver said. "It was one of the best races we had last year, and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the race track here. " De Silvestro was one of the first drivers to come here to promote last year's inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Thursday, one day after officials confirmed the race will return Labor Day weekend, she was back with her newly designed HVM Nuclear Clean Entergy race car with a new Lotus engine that has proven powerful in practice.
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Kevin Cowherd | September 1, 2012
The drivers don't like to talk about it. IndyCar isn't crazy about the subject, either. But there's no getting around the danger of open-wheel racing. You don't have to be a genius to figure out why. Take Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore. For openers, you'll have 25 cars racing at ridiculously high speeds around a tight 2.04-mile course in the heart of a city. Throw 25 super-competitive drivers into the mix. Now add road surface changes from concrete to asphalt, 300 manhole covers, blind turns and light-rail tracks and the potential for disaster is everywhere.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard stops mid-sentence. He glances at the ceiling in the hotel conference room where he has been ensconced for most of the day. "I actually don't know how the crowd is out there," he says. "How is the crowd out there?" Bernard, in his third season leading America's top circuit of open-wheel racing, spends his race weekends not strolling the grounds of tracks or simply gland-handing in VIP rooms. The days leading up to each race, with team owners and drivers gathered in one place, are used for business.
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By Chris Korman and Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
When they sweep through the streets of Baltimore next weekend, driving some of the most powerful cars in the world at speeds that make their sport as dangerous as any, the IndyCar drivers will be mostly anonymous. Two veterans who have dominated the series, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, might be familiar names, but only because of outside interests. Castroneves won a "Dancing With the Stars" TV competition; Franchitti is married to actress Ashley Judd. Seeing their sport on the fringe of the mainstream for all but one race a year - the iconic Indianapolis 500 - has tormented racing insiders, who relentlessly promote the quality of the current circuit.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 20, 2011
Funeral services for IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg (Fla.). Wheldon, 33, was killed in a 15-car crash on lap 11 during Sunday's IndyCar series finale at Las Vegas Speedway. His wife, Susie, released the following statement and invited members of community to attend the service: "Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days.
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By Chris Korman and Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
When they sweep through the streets of Baltimore next weekend, driving some of the most powerful cars in the world at speeds that make their sport as dangerous as any, the IndyCar drivers will be mostly anonymous. Two veterans who have dominated the series, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, might be familiar names, but only because of outside interests. Castroneves won a "Dancing With the Stars" TV competition; Franchitti is married to actress Ashley Judd. Seeing their sport on the fringe of the mainstream for all but one race a year - the iconic Indianapolis 500 - has tormented racing insiders, who relentlessly promote the quality of the current circuit.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Simona de Silvestro walked through the lobby of an Inner Harbor hotel Thursday looking comfortable in her white shirt and black jeans. "I feel like I'm back home," the IndyCar driver said. "It was one of the best races we had last year, and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the race track here. " De Silvestro was one of the first drivers to come here to promote last year's inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Thursday, one day after officials confirmed the race will return Labor Day weekend, she was back with her newly designed HVM Nuclear Clean Entergy race car with a new Lotus engine that has proven powerful in practice.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 20, 2011
Funeral services for IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg (Fla.). Wheldon, 33, was killed in a 15-car crash on lap 11 during Sunday's IndyCar series finale at Las Vegas Speedway. His wife, Susie, released the following statement and invited members of community to attend the service: "Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days.
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From Sun staff | October 18, 2011
IndyCar will hold a public memorial service for driver Dan Wheldon, who died Sunday after an accident during a season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was 33. He is survived by his wife, Susie, and two young sons. The Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund has been established to benefit the family. Contributions to the fund can be made, starting Wednesday, at the following address: Fifth Third Private Bank Attn: Dan Wheldon Family Trust 251 North Illinois St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
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By Sandra McKee | October 18, 2011
I was covering motorsports for four years before I saw someone die in what might be considered a senseless crash. I didn't know Ricky Knotts, a 28-year-old driver who had spent every dime he and his parents could muster to qualify for the 1980 Daytona 500. He died on Valentine's Day in a simple crash, a crash exactly like the one that would claim seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt's life 21 years later. I was there for Earnhardt's death, too. Both of those accidents at first glance might seem innocuous, but they were both devastating, head-on collisions into the outside wall at Daytona International Speedway.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 17, 2011
GP Sports Management is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our dear friend and client, Dan Wheldon. Dan was a winner. For the past 11 years we were privileged to watch Dan become a champion on the track and a devoted family man off it. He loved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was immensely proud to have his name etched twice on the Borg Warner trophy alongside some of the Indy 500 greats. He touched so many people in racing and around the world with his warm smile, his charming personality and his genuine good nature.
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From Sun staff | October 18, 2011
IndyCar will hold a public memorial service for driver Dan Wheldon, who died Sunday after an accident during a season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was 33. He is survived by his wife, Susie, and two young sons. The Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund has been established to benefit the family. Contributions to the fund can be made, starting Wednesday, at the following address: Fifth Third Private Bank Attn: Dan Wheldon Family Trust 251 North Illinois St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
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By PETER BLAIR | April 17, 2006
NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Subway Fresh 500 Site -- Phoenix When -- Saturday, 8:25 p.m. TV -- Ch. 45 (8 p.m.) Track -- Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval) Distance -- 312 laps, 312 miles (502.1 km) 2005 winner -- Kurt Busch 2005 pole-sitter -- Jeff Gordon Last year -- Busch, who started second, led 219 of 312 laps and beat Michael Waltrip by 2.315 seconds in the first Nextel Cup night race at the track. Jeff Burton was third. INDY RACING LEAGUE Indy Japan 300 Site -- Motegi, Japan When -- Saturday, 12:01 a.m. TV -- ESPN (Saturday, noon, tape delay)
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October 16, 2011
The following is a statement from INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard: "INDYCAR is sad to announce that Dan Wheldon passed away from unsurvivable injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan and his family. INDYCAR, its drivers and teams have decided to end the race. We will run a five-lap salute in honor of Dan. "
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