Dan Wheldon passed away on Sunday in a fiery, 15-car crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The crash jolted the race world and left many struggling to make sense of what just happened. And there just aren't any answers.
Wheldon was writing before the race and sharing his thoughts with USA Today in a series of blog posts. The last came on Saturday as his team made its final preparations for Sunday's race. He talked about his crew, the work being done to prepare for Sunday and hypes the race up as an amazing show.
This is going to be an amazing show. The two championship contenders, Dario Franchitti and Will Power, are starting right next to each other in the middle of the grid. Honestly, if I can be fast enough early in the race to be able to get up there and latch onto those two, it will be pure entertainment. It's going to be a pack race, and you never know how that's going to turn out.
He ended his blog as one would expect: by looking forward to the race and promising to put on a show.
As long as I can find some speed and keep up with the pack, I'll do everything I can to put on a show.
It's all so eerie to look back on now. Just one day ago, those were his words. His blog post served as a window into his mind as the race approached. His thoughts and concerns were centered around finding more speed and being able to work his way through the pack as he chased $5 million.
A day later, he was gone in an instant after a horrific crash that nobody will soon forget.