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IndyCar CEO, drivers to discuss safety at meeting Monday

Dan Wheldon

As fans continue to honor and remember Dan Wheldon, IndyCar drivers are also turning attention to the future of their sport, hoping Dan's legacy can live on through improvements to the IndyCar Series.

IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard has called a drivers meeting for Monday.
Bernard sent an email to all of the drivers, asking to meet with him at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to discuss recent events and the death of Dan Wheldon.  

The letter said it was for drivers only but not mandatory.

"I think now's the time to get out there and say what needs to be said and make the changes that need to be made," said Graham Rahal, Ganassi Racing.

Bernard stated he felt he should call the drivers together, because most of them were in Indianapolis for Wheldon’s memorial service Sunday.   

At the memorial, Bernard spoke about Wheldon's dedication to making improvements to IndyCar.

"His commitment to improving and advancing every aspect of our sport is well known,” said Bernard. “The innovations that emerge from these innovations can have repercussions not just on race tracks but in passenger cars just another measure of the impact Dan had on our lives and on IndyCar."

Bernard stated Monday’s meeting was to discuss “recent events,” and drivers are ready to share their thoughts on what should be done.

"It's sad to say but up until this point even things the drivers have said, it's almost like we don't matter, and now I think that we've got a little more power,” said Rahal. “And as a drivers association make the changes we all believe in, and I think if you look at the mails everybody's saying the same thing."

The meeting is expected to focus on safety issues and the future of IndyCar.  Drivers said it is also a way to not pass the blame, but to pass along recommendations, as well as take a tragic loss and make it a gain for the sport.  Rahal also said he knows Bernard will help and support drivers in their suggestions.
Wheldon, a two-time winner of the Indy 500, died from injuries sustained in a 15-car accident at the Las Vegas Indy 300 Sunday.  

"It was an eye opener for all of us, no doubt,” said Alex Lloyd, Dale Coyne Racing. “It was a freak accident, something that I don't think any of us were prepared for there's obviously a lot of talk about safety things like that at this kind of a racetrack but we didn't believe that something like this could happen. I certainly didn't, so I'm looking forward to really trying to push this sport forward as far as safety goes."  

The meeting is expected to begin at 10 a.m.

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