Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 9/28/14

KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 3: Dan Wheldon, driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Andretti Green Racing Jim Dallara Honda, leads Tony Kanaan, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Team 7-Eleven Dallara Honda, and Scott Sharp, driver of the #8 Delphi Fernandez Racing Panoz Honda, during the IRL Indycar Series Argent Mortgage Indy 300 on July 3, 2005 at the Kansas Raceway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Gavin Lawrence/Getty Images)
Following the tragic death of Dan Wheldon during the Las Vegas 300, the Indycar series has received harsh criticism from both within motorsport and from outsiders, suggesting that lessons needed to be learned and that the sport needs to make changes. Guest post from Isabella Woods. Mostly criticism has centered on the circuit, the Las Vegas Speedway, and how a congested field of 34 cars, the largest field outside the Indianapolis 500, was allowed to compete on such a narrow and short oval. But critics have also condemned the sport as a whole, suggesting Indycar racing is generically unsafe. Critics say that tragic accidents, such as the one in Las Vegas where 15 cars piled into each other and resulted in the death of the 33-year-old Wheldon, were inevitable. And these voices are not from outside motorsport either. Former British Formula One driver, Nigel Mansell, who also won the Indycar world title in 1993, said, “In Indy racing, there is simply nowhere to go. When an accident ha...
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