The Dangers of Racing

Hello Topspeed,
Paul Dana, a driver in the Indy Racing League, was recently killed in an on-track accident. What do you think about this?

Bob W. from Yonkers, New York

Hello Bob,

Anytime a racing driver loses his life in a racing accident, it affects every driver differently. I was deeply saddened by the news of Paul Dana's death. It is always sad news to me whenever a fellow racing driver is injured or killed. My practical view on this issue though is the same as most drivers. Being injured or killed while racing cars is an occupational hazard. It is a risk that we accept and willingly take in the pursuit of our racing passions. When another driver dies in a racing accident, we are harshly reminded of this risk. Once on the track though, no racer dwells on the issue anymore. We have a job to do and allowing any distraction to our focus while competing would only jeopardize the safety of everyone on the racetrack.

I did not know Paul Dana personally but I had followed his career somewhat. He was a driver that worked very hard to achieve his dream of racing in the Indy Racing League. His life was cut short as he was about to enjoy the fruits of his labor and therein lies the great tragedy. On the flipside though, so many people in this world breathe their last without ever pursuing, let alone achieving their dreams. Every day, people rush off to work at some job they dislike. They only exist and pass the days of their lives fulfilling mundane tasks in return for a paycheck. I believe in living life to the fullest and through my racing, I am able to accomplish this. Paul Dana was living his life to the fullest. That's what matters the most. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Dana family.

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