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Dan Wheldon and Jimmie Johnson Crashes Put Racing and Life in Perspective

While many people focused their attention on this weekend's NFL action and the MLB playoffs, the racing world witnessed a set of horrific accidents, one of which led to the death of popular IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon.The IZOD IndyCar championship race in Las Vegas was the season finale for the series, and there was a lot of excitement in the air.  It would be the first time the series raced in Vegas in 11 years.  Dan Wheldon, who had not secured a full-time ride in 2011 (despite winning the Indy 500), gained entry into the race because he was part of a sponsored gimmick that if he had won, he and a fan would split $5 million.If not for this gimmick, Wheldon would have never raced today.While there may have been excitement in the ai...

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