On this day seven years ago, March 26th, 2006, Paul Dana suffered a terrible crash in a practice session for the Toyota Indy 300, the opening race of the 2006 Indycar Season at Homestead, Miami. Ed Carpenter hit the wall coming out of turn two due to a flat tire and his car came to a stop in the middle of the track. Paul Dana was racing along the low line of the track where he hit a piece of debris, causing him to loose steering ability in the car. With no control over the car, he headed straight for Carpenter's car who was now close to coming to a halt on the track. Dana made massive contact with Carpenter's car, sending Dana airbourne and Carpenter into a violent spin. Both were transported to a local hospital in Miami where Paul Dana was pronounced dead. Paul is survived by his wife Tonya, and he is always in our thoughts and prayers. We lost a great person and friend in the paddock, one who was part of the effort to get Ethanol in Indycar. Rest in peace Paul.
Paul Dana at Homestead in 2006 (Photo from F1Fanatic.Co.UK,
no credit listed)