Pack racing was exciting but dangerous. I submit that the biggest hazard with single seaters was always the open cockpit. And oval racing intensified this effect. The biggest danger Indycars had on ovals and pack racing was the specter of getting into the catch fence. Because at the wrong angle, your head was exposed. If you look at all the fatalities in CART/Indy in the last 25-30 years, most of them would have turned out differently with over head protection.
Greg Moore, Dan Weldon, Jeff Krosnhoff (road course). These 3 were all violent wrecks where the point of impact came within the drivers compartment.
Paul Dana and Justin Wilson. Debris entering the drivers compartment.
Tony Renna. Both debris and impact are believed to be factors.
Since 1990, the only other fatalities were Jovy Marcelo, Scott Brayton and Gonzalo Rodrigues (road course). All of which were the result of no Hans and no SAFER barrier.
This race had 80 lead changes.
Edited by YamahaV10, 30 December 2021 - 05:21.