Ever since I was young, I have watched Dan on television and seen videos of him racing. I’ve always thought that he was a very talented and succesful racing driver, especially as someone who won the Indycar Series in 2005, as well as winning the Indy 500 twice. I have always seen Dan as a fighter and an out and out racer. He reminds me a little of Senna, although I think Dan was a very calm and collected driver. He is someone whom I really wanted to meet at some point in my career.
Mastering racing on ovals at those tremendous speeds cannot be easy. When you are racing wheel to wheel with your competitors and going side by side through the corners it must take a lot of skill, nerve and fearlessness. I respect those drivers because of their bravery and courage to race and also their pure passion in motor racing.
On a free Sunday, Dad and I will always tune in to watch Moto GP. Dad has always been a fan of two wheels as he used to own and ride Harley-Davidsons back at home.
I went to a Moto GP race a couple of times when I was younger and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of these. The last time I went was a couple of years ago in Sepang and I met Marco Simoncelli for the first time there. Dad and I have always remembered the name Simoncelli because of his talent, but also his unmistakeable, famous hair. Marco was a young and very dominant rider. His desire was always to win and to be a front runner. Even though he wasn’t with a front running team, he’d always motivate them to be the best and I think it’s always teamwork that produces the results. I admired Marco because of his friendly, approachable nature and he was very kind to me when I met him.
I saw both crashes live on television and felt very sad that we lost Dan and Marco in these accidents.
I will fondly remember both these motorsport heroes. Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli Rest in peace.