this one is for my husband. and it requires a little story as a prelude.
back in the days after college, i had an awesome roommate that LOVED racing. southern racing (nascar). i was never a fan, but when there were short tracks and restrictor plates, i could watch it (lots of wrecks). in nascar, wrecks are sorta cool i guess.
fast forward to 2006. i went to my first indy car race with nathaniel. it was hot. really hot. still, i'm not a fan of racing but those cars are FAST. and loud. it didn't win me over but i think indy racing is a tougher sport than nascar and i WAY more respect those racers. wrecks are not cool and incredibly dangerous. we went to another race that summer in richmond and i had a migraine. yea, again, it was ok.
nathaniel is a HUGE dan weldon fan. so last night when we saw on tv that he was killed in a massive pile up wreck, that was really really sad and surprising. not only is he a good racer (eh, he won the 2011 indy500) he is also a husband and a daddy to two adorable, young little boys and loved by many many folks - even ashley judd who was sobbing in the 5 lap tribute. so, so sad. i bet he was a nice guy. nathaniel said he was (i'm pretty sure he met him) so i believe him.
so, long story over, here's my manic monday tribute to dan weldon. and nathaniel. hope you find another racer to cheer for (helio).