Different cars, different drivers, different fan base. But racing is racing and these guys relate to one another. Here are some thoughts from the world of NASCAR on the passing of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon.
Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO: “NASCAR offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Dan Wheldon, his teammates, and the entire IndyCar Series community for their tragic loss today. They will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
Driver Jeff Gordon: "Spent a little time with Dan Wheldon several years ago in Paris for Race of Champions. Great guy, great driver. Will certainly b missed."
Driver Jimmie Johnson, via Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wheldon family... My heart hurts for all of the IRL community."
Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway president: "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."