I don’t know a lick about auto racing, but this is more than just auto racing. Helio Castroneves won the opening race of the IndyCar series yesterday, holding off a surging Scott Dixon for the checkered flag in St. Petersburg, Florida. That’s great and all, but Castroneves’ celebration is what makes the win all the more special.
In turn 10 of the racetrack, they renamed it Dan Wheldon Way. Wheldon, who was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed last year during the final race of the season in Las Vegas.
It’s been six months since the Dan Wheldon accident. An accident that took the life of a driver in their prime. And an accident that shook the racing world to the core. To celebrate his win, Castroneves drove to turn 10, and did his patented “Spider-Man” climbing of the net, pointing to the Dan Wheldon Way sign.
After climbing down from the fence, Castroneves was overcome with emotion – understandably so.
It’s hard to put ourselves in the situation with these drivers. I mean, losing a friend is tough enough. But losing a friend in a way that could end your life in a split second has to be overwhelming.