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Tragic Accident During the Indy Race

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Paul Dana, Toyota 300

Tragic Accident During the Indy Race

Julie Smith
March 30, 2006

A tragic crash took away Paul Dana’s life during the Indy Race opening day at the Homestead-Miami Speedway last Sunday.

Ed Carpenter lost control and crashed his car against the wall and after some spinning ended up in the middle of the race track. Most of the drivers got to avoid hitting Carpenter’s car but Dana couldn’t. He crashed at an approximated speed of 200 miles an hour during the final warm up for the season–opening race.

Paul Dana who was 30 years old died just before noon. This was the first time Dana raced for the Rahal Letterman Racing Team. After the awful accident during the Toyota Indy 300 the other two teammates: Danicka Patrick and Buddy Rice wouldn’t participate in the race out of respect for Dana.

Carpenter suffered of a bruised lung, and was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Monday. According to a statement he is awake and alert.

What everybody is wondering now is why Dana didn’t see the signs. Yellow lights where there to let him know something was happening and he should be careful.

IRL President Brian Barnhart declared that even when the series didn’t call it an investigation, they are looking into the accident: this includes reviewing video of the incident, skid marks on the track and the cars involved.

About the Author: Julie Smith is one of the most recognized copy writers on Sports Betting and currently writes for Instant Action Sports. Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety on your site, make sure to leave all links in place and do not modify any of the content.



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