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06/23/2013

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1. Did they stop the race in 1955? Would there not have been a riot had they stopped this years race after only ten minutes? The chaos may have caused more injuries.

2. NASCAR is a show, just like all oval racing. Talent is not needed, just lemmings to follow the show and think it is real and that is why people can just stay in the series forever without winning.

3. People are starting to see through oval racing for the fraud that it has become. Lucky dogs, green white checkers, and free passes are not racing, so fans are leaving and I can't blame them. Even local tracks are going to do themselves in trying to con fans into thinking the racing is more competitive then it really is with all the gimmicks.

Now that NASCAR has finally discovered fuel injection, wouldn't electronic pit lane speed limiters be appropriate? It's been said that something like that could be used to hide traction control, but it's obviously not a problem in F1. Enough of this cat-and-mouse game to see what each driver can get away with.

The Europeans are just doing things the "old way". The F1 race which claimed Ayrton Senna's life wasn't cancelled. And of course the CART race at Fontana that claimed Greg Moore's life wasn't cancelled, nor the race in Toronto that killed Jeff Krosnoff (they red flagged it and waved the checkers so the running order under caution stood, not a cancellation). When you said the Las Vegas race should have continued, I actually agreed with you -- given the examples above, as that's how it's always been done. Cancelling the race appears to be a more recent phenomenon.

Motor racing isn't like most other sports. Motor racing is extremely dangerous. It always has been, and it always will be. The simple fact is that every year people die in motor racing, and all the drivers and their crews know it. It doesn't just take skill to climb in behind the wheel of a race car, it takes guts. The same is true for the people climbing over the wall to serve in a pit crew. They all willingly, and eagerly participate in racing knowing that it could cost them their lives.

It's a sad day when anybody dies. But death is a part of racing and anybody who doesn't acknowledge this is living a lie. Life doesn't come to a halt because people die, and neither should a motor race. I honestly believe the best way to honour a fallen driver is to acknowledge their commitment, their determination, their perseverance, and their willingness to risk it all by restarting the race - in their name.

The Le Mans race should not have been stopped for this fatal incident. (Third lap out?? Kidding me?)
All it required was a lengthy full course yellow to repair the guard rails.
A driver is never pronounced dead at the scene, if they did, the inquest would have indeed required a shut-down. No racing series and promoter risks that situation. Race car drivers (and motorbike riders too) always "die" in the hands of the doctors.
It is not valid to compare this to the Weldon accident. That event wiped out a lot of cars, and caused serious fence damage.
Le Mans has seen much worse in its history.

The NASCAR tracks' spectator capacity reflects the boom times of the 1990s. "Earnhardt, Winston, big $$$ from new TV deals." Detroit supply companies were on the up. Every small team could get blue chip sponsors. Many if most of those companies have disappeared since.
This year, the Michigan Speedway already had reduced number of grandstands. Down-sizing was clearly visible. They cannot do much however with the permanent main grandstands, so they just close off sections.

Nope, I don't believe organizers should stop race as a general rule after a fatality. Major race, especially an enduro, never. Minor races, such as locals, regionals? -possibly/probably/depends.
I think Norris you were right originally about Dan Weldon, & a tribute parade, missing man formation perhaps, would have been more appropriate than cancellation. The problem was that the car/track package was flawed & needed changes.
But Le Mans? definitely not. LOgistically, how could you?
But should we scrutinize car safety, tracks, specific accident corners? Most emphatically, but that has to be done on the cold Monday morning, not in the heat of the moment.

Le Mans has a very long historical tradition of not stopping the race for fatalities, stretching back to at least 1955 when scores of spectators were killed by a car flying through the stands(where there were very real issues of roads clogged with fans heading home while ambulances were rushing to the track for the 80+dead and wounded).

To Cancel Le Mans would be akin to cancelling the whole season of Indy, F1, NASCAR or any other series as the Le Mans series consists of 1 race.
Death is tragic, life is precious, but by no means is it so precious that the rest of life won't continue.
You run the race in the persons honour, you take significant steps to increase safety, and you move on. Is it callous, sure, but so is an awful lot of life, people die for far less than that in every city throughout the world.
Stabbed for $20,

We want to talk about death, lets be real and talk about death and tragedy, thousands dead of starvation every day and could be alleviated for a fraction of what it costs F1 to go racing every year, thats a tragedy. Technology developed in racing cars being used to control drones that drop bombs on civilians in the Middle East having killed thousands more innocent civilians than "bad guys".
Context is important, and to isolate ourselves with it because someone died doing something we love doing/watching is nothing but willful ignorance of the realities of life and death around the world

To sanitize sport to the point where risk is eliminated and the risk takers will find another sport, be it airplane racing, bull fighting or jumping out of balloons 30km up.

It's sad it's terrible, horrible sad event, but it's a part of the sport, always has been, always will be so long as the sport exists. And with 7 Billion of us out there, 1 fewer isn't even a drop in a bucket.

Le Mans.
Hi Norris
NO the race should have not been stopped. Race drivers take a calculated risk. Death and injury even though not wanted are part of the game. A driver either accepts that or does not race. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time! These days political correctness BS is applied to everything. If life is so precious than we should not do anything,not even cross the road. Do we stop traffic for a day if a pedestrian is hit by a car and dies on a public road? Is their life less precious? They did not deliberately go out and put their life at stake. Ok maybe some idiot pedestrians do. Do we stop airline flights if a plane full of people go down? A motorcar/bike race is a motorcar/bike race period. There is time after the race to grieve...not during.
Clive Rayman

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