IRL Driver Paul Dana Dies After Crash (MIKE HARRIS, AP Motorsports Writer)
Driver Paul Dana died after a two-car crash Sunday during the warmup for the season-opening IRL IndyCar Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The other driver, Ed Carpenter, was awake and alert at a Miami hospital, IRL officials said.
Dana, 30, a former motorsports journalist with a degree from Northwestern, was a rookie who competed in three IRL races for Ethanol Hemelgarn Racing last year with a best finish of 10th in the race at Homestead.
The Toyota Indy 300 race was expected to be run as scheduled. Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Racing for which Dana was to race this season, said the team’s other two cars â€” driven by Danica Patrick and Buddy Rice â€” will be pulled out of the race.
“Obviously, this is a very black day for us,” Rahal said. “This is a great tragedy.”
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