NASCAR

Wheldon wreck still on drivers' minds

Share This Story

Holly Cain

Holly Cain has covered racing in all its forms for 21 years, winning multiple awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors and Society of Professional Journalists for feature and news writing. She chronicled NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace's final season, authoring a book called "Rusty's Last Call." Follow her on Twitter.

MORE>>
   
 

Dr. Christopher Carr, who has worked with IndyCar drivers as well as Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes during a 30-year career, wouldn’t define the sport of racing as “dangerous” despite the chance of death. He says that’s because it’s risky in a controlled environment.

We're No. 1

These drivers all have one thing in common. They are 2011 champs.

“From just an environmental standpoint, different sports have different expectations of danger,’’ Carr said. “Soccer players don’t expect a fatality during a match. But in motor racing and sports like downhill skiing, they just all know there’s a potential for negative consequences every time they compete.’’

“I realize that this is a part of it,’’ said Ganassi Racing driver Graham Rahal, the 2008 St. Petersburg winner, whose father, Bobby, is a former Indy 500 and series champion.

“I know the risks that go along with it. I’m not going to have any second thoughts. It does put things in perspective, though, and makes you kind of realize you need to enjoy every single day we are here.

“I believe racing is what I was born to do and I will keep doing it. I’m sure there will be guys that think about (Dan Wheldon's accident) and think about often. That’s why it’s important for us to get back racing.’’

More Stories From Holly Cain

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NASCAR Videos

TRUCKS: Erik Jones gets his 2nd career win - Iowa 2014 Posted: Jul 12, 2014
Erik Jones holds off Ryan Blaney for the win in Iowa.

TRUCKS: Timothy Peters wrecks Ron Hornaday - Iowa 2014 Posted: Jul 12, 2014
Timothy Peters deliberately wrecks into Ron Hornaday under caution on Lap 63.

CUP: Kyle Busch Shatters Track Record in Qualifying - Loudon 2014 Posted: Jul 12, 2014
Kyle Busch reacts to winning the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Danica_Patrick/browse/featuredproduct/974547/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_974000/ff_974547_xl.jpg&w=100 26.95 Chase Authentics Danica Patrick Big Rig Tri-Blend T-Shirt - Charcoal
    Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kyle_Busch/browse/featuredproduct/1011659/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011659_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Kyle Busch One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Matt_Kenseth/browse/featuredproduct/1011661/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1011000/ff_1011661_xl.jpg&w=100 9.99 Matt Kenseth One Spot Gauge T-Shirt - Black
    Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Carl_Edwards/browse/featuredproduct/1041164/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1041000/ff_1041164_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Chase Authentics Carl Edwards 2013 Driver Schedule T-Shirt - Ash