Dan Wheldon Crash Video: Watch Danica Patrick React to Dan Wheldon Tragedy

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 17, 2011

Tragedy struck the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday when Dan Wheldon lost his life in the final IndyCar race of the year. 

The race would be the last IndyCar performance for Danica Patrick who is making the jump to NASCAR racing full time. In this video, we get a glimpse into a hopeful Danica Patrick who was unaware of the extent of Wheldon's injuries. 

As the racers sat and waited for the track to be cleared, Patrick met up with an interviewer to break down the horrible crash that took the life of a legendary driver and man who was beloved by those that knew him. 

The video starts with slow-motion video taken from Patrick's on-board camera. You can tell right away how close one can be to devastation when traveling at such high speeds. 

As the reporter states, there is nothing that can be done to avert a car from such disaster. There is no time to move around the crash. Fate and blind luck are the only ways to stay clear of tragedy. 

Wheldon lost his life as his car went airborne during a huge crash and he was unable to control an automobile he was a master at driving. 

Patrick breaks down the crash as she saw it to the right side of her lane. She was fortunate to be on the inside lane of the incident. You can see right away that she would have been in the pileup had she been a couple lanes to the right. 

The heart-wrenching moment is when she mentions Wheldon with the hope that he is alright. Moments later the racers would find out that they had lost one of their own. Patrick and her colleagues will never be the same as the sport lost a great performer, and a truly great friend. 

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