Sad Racing News

Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway a IRL driver lost his life in a warm up session before the race. Driver Paul Dana failed to notice that another car had spun to a stop slamming into it at close to 200 mph. 2 hours later he was pronounced dead at a hospital. I am not a IRL fan that much and I didn't see it happen only seen it on the news. All I know is being a race fan this is a sad day for race fans. This is the last thing we want to hear. My heart goes out to all the IRL fans and to Paul's family and friends.

Paul Dana, a 30-year-old St. Louis native and Indianapolis resident, made his Indy Racing League IndyCar Series debut in 2005 driving the #91 Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing entry.
Dana's wife, Tonya, was in Indianapolis, where the couple lived, and was notified of her husband's death while attending a church service.
Talk show host Davis Letterman co-owns half the team along with Rahal issued this statement.

"Paul Dana's passing is a terrible tragedy and I want to express my condolences and sympathies to his family and friends," Letterman said in a statement. "I did not know Paul personally, but we were all proud to have him on our team and are deeply saddened by his tragic passing at such a young age."

Rahal Letterman Racing is saddened today by the death of driver Paul Dana. Dana a 30-year-old rookie from St. Louis, Missouri succumbed to his injuries following a practice accident Sunday morning at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Out of respect for Paul and his memory the team has withdrawn its remaining two entries for Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series race.

Dana is survived by his wife Tonya Bergeson-Dana and his family.

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