I adore high speeds; it's the inability of a driver to control a machine at those high speeds that is the stepping off point for my enthusiasm. At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for one example, steps have been taken over the past couple of decades to rein-in the unbridled speeds that the cars are able to achieve, simply because of the limitations of the human brain and physiology to handle those speeds on that particular venue. It seems, at first impression, that a track like Vegas was not adequately considered from this viewpoint. Despain and Miller reported this evening that the drivers, today, prior to the start of this race, seemed more apprehensive and even afraid than anyone could remember them being in a long time. When you have palpable FEAR amongst men and women of this caliber of bravery, there just might be something wrong happening. The recriminations and charges and lawsuits will all unfold as they always do, though, so we'll see something happen. It will be interesting to see just what happens.
As a die-hard CART fan (who has never watched an IRL race), Greg Moore was the first thing that came to mind. The second thing was that Texas race that they cancelled a few years ago. I just don't think open wheel cars are meant to race at these 1.5 mile ovals, although in this case perhaps the track had little to do with it. I'm sure theories will abound in the coming days.
Whatever the case, Godspeed, Dan. Seemed like a talented guy.
The problem stems from the fact this generation of Dallara makes zero downforce from the underbody, so as soon as it gets the nose in the air it takes off like a kite.
The 90's cars made most of their downforce from the underbody, and you never saw wrecks like this.