Sadly a member of the Rahal/Letterman racing team, by the last name of Dana, was killed during the final practice for the opening race of the season when he collided with another driver whose car had crashed off the wall and spun back down to the bottom of the track. His car was split in two, it was a horrific scene.
What I am curious about is why the accident couldn't have been avoided. That may seem like a ridiculous question when you consider the speed he was travelling. However in F1 cars the carbon brakes can bring the car from 200MPH to a dead stop in what seems like less than ten seconds. From the time the car that Dana crashed into first hit the wall to the time he impacted it was a full seven seconds.
I can't help but wonder why a spotter on an oval track with an open line of communication to the driver couldn't have told him that there was a crash directly in front of him and that the car was spinning down the track towards the bottom. They seem to have no problem doing this in Nascar to avoid accidents, so why can't Indy racing do it? Was such a safety precaution even in place? Or are the Indy Cars severely lacking in Brake power unlike their F1 cousins because they race on an oval and don't need good brakes for lots of sharp corners and hairpin turns?
Forget the brakes though, the crash was eerie in that he slammed literally head on into the car which wasn't spinning wildly or even moving fast at the point of impact, as a matter of fact it looked like it was coming to a standstill when the collision occurred. Dana however drove full speed into it almost as if he had no idea it was there, seemingly without any attempt to swerve or slow down. Should there be an investigation into this? any Indy car experts out there who can shed light on this tragic accident?