Moments of sadness, humor, intrigue and reflection were woven into 90 minutes of music and videos within a stage lit Conseco Fieldhouse.
Randy Bernard was stoic in expressing his legacy. His old Andretti Green Racing teammates were comic with their telling of stories. Mike Hull combined a little of both as did many of the others.
In the end, Dan Wheldon was remembered in his tribute Sunday afternoon as he was in life: A man with many passions and different sides of his personality that endeared him to fan of racing or the man on the street.
"I love him like a brother," said Tony Kanaan, who was teammates with Wheldon at Andretti Autosport. "I'm grateful for the time we got to spend with him on Earth. Although that time here is done, our time together is not over."
It was Kanaan-along with Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta-who poked the most fun and drew the loudest reaction with their stories of pranks against Wheldon through the years.
Whether it was talking about messing around with his hotel room during a Japan race or his well organized locker, the comments were a light hearted relief in a week of sadness for the Izod IndyCar Series.
"I think that's what hits home, is all the fun times everyone had with Dan," said driver Graham Rahal of Sunday's memorial. "That's the memories most of us have of him."
Rahal and others will have those memories beyond the service at Conseco Fieldhouse, especially tomorrow. The drivers of the Izod IndyCar Series and Bernard will meet in Indianapolis to discuss various issues with the series moving forward, most notably safety.
"I think now's the time, nows the time to for everybody to get out there and say the things that need to be said and make the changes that need to be made," said Rahal. "We're gonna request a lot of things but we have what almost six months till we hit the track so they've got plenty of time with all the engineering in this world to make the changes that we ask for.
"There should be no excuses."
Safety figures to be the paramount issue of the discussion following the circumstances of Wheldon's death and previous concerns with the high speeds in Las Vegas.
"I'm looking forward to seeing changes push forwad. It was an eye opener for us, there's no doubt it was a freak accident, something that I don't think any of us we're prepared for," said driver Alex Lloyd of his hopes for Monday. "There was obliviously a lot about safety things like that at this kind of a race track but no one believe something like this could happen. I certainly didn't.
"I really look forward to really trying to push this sport forward as far as safety goes."
Since the death of Wheldon has touched so many in the racing world, Rahal believes that the shock of the tragedy will put more weight on the suggestion of the drivers.
"Its sad to say but up until this point even things that the drivers have said, its almost as if we don't matter," said Rahal. "Now I think we've got a little more power and I think as a drivers association hopefully we can stand up and make the changes that we all believe in," said Rahal.
"If you look at the emails, everybody's saying the same things, everyone wants the same changes and hopefully we can make it happen."
That being said, however, Rahal has faith that Bernard will listen to the drivers and be a catalyst in making the series safer.
"I know Randy's really eager to work with us and I know he's taken a lot of heat over the last few days," said Rahal. "But if anybody has been there to help us and support us in the changes that we ask for, its going to be him."