to show that racing series like Formula One, need to use new channels like Social Media, to help keep and expand their fan base, plus provide better access for the fans at racetracks in general.
with Takuma Sato. In many ways, what really brought a tear to my eye as a person, just like all of us on this earth, was the way that Dan’s widow, Susie, was invited by Dario and his wife Ashley, to accompany them on the Victory Lap round the “BrickYard”. It just made the celebration and tribute to Dan himself by all his peers, friends and family, so poignant, that emotions, in some way, do really spring to the forefront, and when Dario said this line, I just couldn’t help how I was feeling: “Now my face on the Borg-Warner Trophy will be on either side of Dan’s.”
This great man, who was a two-time Indy 500 winner and the 2005 Indycar Series Champion, was the only guy to win the Borg-Warner Trophy at the “Brickyard” with two different sets of teeth, but no matter what his teeth looked like, he always had that “million dollar smile.” Plus we also know that the future of the IZOD Indycar Series, in the way of safety, has been helped and shaped so much, by the time Dan spent behind the wheel of the Dallara chassis that would be called the “DW12” in his honour, after we lost him in the tragedy at Las Vegas, which will help the current field and future racers entering the sport to feel safer at high speeds, so through this car, he lives on with us in spirit.
To Susie, Holly, Clive, Oliver, Sebastian and the rest of the Wheldon family,
We all still deeply mourn the loss of Dan, who has lit up our lives by the way he was as a man, as a racer, and as a human being. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, as you continues your lives without a truly wonderful individual, was unique in his own way.
We all can help each other through these hard times, through strength of character and being together, and know this, I’m sure that Dan will be looking down on us all, before riding off in his own DW12, looking over us like a guardian angel from the skies. So, I'll be there to pray for you all, just like a lot of the fans and motorsport fraternity will continue to do so over the years and decades to come, and always remember Dan in the best way possible.