IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who died in a horrific crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, had a close call at Texas Motor Speedway three years ago.
He was practicing for a race in June, 2008 when his car hit the wall, lost a wheel and overturned in the infield.
"Something just broke and it shot me straight," "he told reporters after the crash, adding: "Just life, sometimes... just life."
Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage paid tribute to Wheldon in a written statement issued Sunday evening:
"On behalf of the entire staff at Texas Motor Speedway, our sincere condolences go out to Dan's wife Susie and their two young boys, Oliver and Sebastian. Dan was a tremendous race-car driver and even more tremendous as a person. I was fortunate to get to know Dan over the years with the series annually visiting Texas Motor Speedway and he always arrived with that infectious personality and charming wit. His outstanding skill in the cockpit and his personality and good nature out of it will be greatly missed by the entire IndyCar community."