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Tonight race car driver Dan -- was on top of the world when we interviewed him in June.
He just won the Indy 500 for the second time but even more than that.
He seem to have found that perfect balance between a spectacular public life in a warm family life.
We'll tragically that life came to an end yesterday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a horrific multi car crash.
While his death will renew questions about why someone would put their life on the line in the name of sport.
We suspect -- it would have answered as Kyle Petty did after his nineteen year old son was killed in a NASCAR crash ten years ago.
-- said that farmers far.
And racers race just because there's a tragedy you don't abandon your family business.
And yesterday after Weldon dyed his fellow competitors did what racers do.
They got in their cars and they drove around in the track in tribute.
Here now is the interview we did with band back in June.
Your treasure the Indianapolis.
I but it was one of the most dramatic in history in the very the last -- rookie driver JR -- was on his way to victory when He lost control and hit the wall.
The driver who have been in second place -- -- -- Sped past the crippled lead part of you know 100 running of the 85 -- a truce not a million.
In times it -- a stunning win but what made the victory even sweeter is that they have Weldon -- The guy who would take it is child a while back but after taking home the win and two point six million dollars.
Well then believe it or not is still looking for works hard to believe but.
The winner of the Indy 500 still doesn't have a car for Saturday's who -- in Texas.
We've all that we welcome Dan Wheldon I get a carver Saturday night every -- big.
By the way your winner before this is the second -- -- the Indy 500 so -- gradually -- -- spectacular win but why did you have a car in Saturday's race.
But I have to -- some of that is is is mindful.
You know mice at this stage I'm in pain in my career right now it's very important for me to be in the right equipment.
We'll honestly what stages that in your career -- hi I'm getting towards the end of get a little bit older now but it's it's it's very not even thirty but -- part of what do you 32 as a lot of young -- now that it they that a come in and that.
But for me personally as well it's very important set to be in equipment -- -- The has the ability to win.
And failure to Hickey is what you're saying He might be a little bit alike are saying it's it's very easy to -- to get forgotten in this business and say you have to establish itself in the right team in.
I join -- how -- -- -- from now there's 500 he's a he's a friend of mine.
He didn't He didn't sign me up.
Insomnia is I think we we bugs not -- -- one another's.
You know that turned out to be very very positive.
Now for me it's important I'd like to continue with Brian know potentially one of that you know the big things.
But it's it's it's about getting the funding to to do the job properly they're gonna as as I say in the intro.
While wouldn't necessarily say eight how to that my work up at a downward -- just it was it was best of both parties -- -- -- battles and mutual understand by the way He was not.
Hurt in that in that crash correct not serious I think dismantling maybe -- there was a and I talked to -- since none I haven't and you know what it.
Is seeing that clip I think it's very easy to game Monday Morning Quarterback for what what people done I think understand as the -- was trying to go around the outside of was running at a price -- price.
If you had just sat behind that -- potentially because of the closing -- -- because we're doing speeds in excess of 225.
Miles path right now.
I would probably got a good run on him and another take him anyway before the stuff and issuance it's it's very easy to criticize the -- when you out of the -- company you -- -- when yen when you're in the rice cotton.
The Indianapolis 500 is on the line you're gonna do whatever the way how -- -- your averages about 170 right during the race that that yet the average of the -- the rice -- self was 170 collapse.
States that we do in the right said that I think the -- up to them 224.
Miles an outside.
Well when when you saw the action were you at all concerned I didn't.
When you're going that fast it doesn't take much to get your windows platform for you at all concerned that that pieces -- firm might -- young attractive and get human events.
Was that you've got to understand -- -- hundredth anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 this is the biggest rice in the -- -- best writes in a lot of pieces of the other current bid again about going through no matter whatever hand this is my -- any rights to -- I was going for it but it was important for me to you know miss that -- like you -- I've seen it costs actually get turned over.
By by hitting -- basis that the breaks out I was still focused at that point on getting getting through that making sure -- -- -- come back across tracked what we.
It was I'd say what that William mascot -- look good going.
Finish line about that.
What are you gonna do.
When you hang up your steering wheel or whatever you hang up when you quit -- Rod it's just opening up good 55.
Six years left in -- but it's about getting itself position but for right now I'll be doing the -- coverage.
I'm on TV this weekend at the Texas 27 -- -- -- it's less you're you're driving this thing unless but the time time and time is running out and and I have to say it.
It's it's important for people to non I'm trying not to be a -- here.
-- I have I have been offered.
It's some situations to drive a Texas but again it's it's not right and you can do more damage that way than.
Then just kind of grasping that that first opportunities.
Does not disrespect -- says tonight is teams it's just that making sure you put yourself in the right situations as business.
You have by the way far from being your -- you're you're a great -- both on and off -- -- -- -- involved in alzheimer's they're researcher mom has alzheimer's she's actually under sixty she's Nelson is right yes 57 and for the Indianapolis father is a very emotional when for me on palm -- lot of different reasons -- They want the one in particular was I was representing the Alzheimer's Association.
You know I've seen how it affects.
In my family and sending -- people you know the I laughed in off family.
So it was.
It was it was very much and on -- and a privilege in this this -- many more people than I think people realize now that with the disease and it doesn't just -- that.
That particular person and affects the loved ones and friends family and friends and so left enough from for me to do -- -- hopefully we we we -- more awareness.
I'm an adult that have not opposed effect in the future well to devote the window to the families of the folks sums that's a that's a pretty good devotion for the -- -- while the great to see a congressional okay my second time on attrition.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Dan's wife and his children.
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