Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 60 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 60 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
INDYCAR NEWS 

Will Power says Las Vegas race was a "recipe for disaster"

Dan WheldonWill Power has described IndyCar's race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a "recipe for disaster" following the huge accident that took Dan Wheldon's life.

Power was one of the 15 drivers involved in the accident, the Australian's car going airborne and hitting the wall at very high speed.

He was lucky to escape serious injuries, however.

This year's IndyCar series' runner-up reckons, however, that the decision to race at Las Vegas was wrong.

"Racing on this sort of track is too fast and too close," Power told Triple M radio in Sydney. "When you are averaging 370 km/h and you are inches apart... It was a recipe for disaster in my mind.

"I had voiced my opinion over the last few years that when we run on these mile-and-a-half super speedways with high banking, it creates this pack racing. It takes one little mistake from someone and the result is never good.

"It is always a hard hit into a wall, it's always a big crash. The formula can be fixed (but) I am sure they will take a pretty close look after what happened."

Power admitted he feared for himself after his car went airborne, the Australian convinced that he would hit the catch fence like Wheldon.

He admitted he felt very lucky to walk away from the crash.

"I have been running on these ovals for a couple of years now and your worst nightmare is to end up airborne and heading toward the catch fence," he said.

"The catch fence just destroys the car. A lot of guys have had their legs destroyed - there's been some pretty big injuries. So I thought, 'this is it, I am heading towards the catch fence'.

"But the way my car landed ... I hit the road first then went into the wall then I saw a heap of flames and I can't really remember what else. I was lucky. You just have to land the wrong way and it's all bad.

"Unfortunately, Dan ended up on the catch fence and that's what got him. It was a very sad day for IndyCar to lose a guy like Dan, a champion - it's unbelievable."

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
  RELATED STORIES
Barnhart says banking not to blame
IndyCar wants teams' co-operation
Pole contact caused Wheldon's death
IndyCar drops 2012 Las Vegas race
Zanardi hits out at pack racing
2012 Dallara to be called DW12
Franchitti: We should race on ovals
Power suffers compression fracture
Drivers hail 'productive' meeting
Wheldon crash analysis continues
Wheldon honoured at public memorial
Stewart: IndyCar criticism unfair
Bernard promises thorough investigation
Wheldon family reveals funeral date
NASCAR to honour Wheldon
Mosley urges IndyCar to stay calm
Webber: Vegas race was too much
FIA not involved in Vegas investigation
FIA to assist in Wheldon investigation
Las Vegas boss defends venue
Coulthard: Indy should limit speeds
Dallara to name car after Wheldon
Wheldon's team boss could quit
Head trauma caused Wheldon's death
Andretti: Wheldon crash a 'one-off'
Tracy urges safety push on fencing
Hildebrand leaves hospital
Johnson: IndyCar should quit ovals
Mann released from hospital
Wheldon's family pays tribute
BRDC mourns loss of 'great talent'
IndyCar cancels prize ceremony
Power released from hospital
Motorsport pays tribute to Wheldon
Franchitti 'numb' over Wheldon loss
Wheldon dies from injuries
Wheldon airlifted to hospital
Finale red-flagged after huge crash
Indy title rivals expect better race
Kanaan takes Las Vegas pole
Kanaan leads final practice at Vegas
Patrick tops first Vegas practice
Haymarket