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Need to Know News: Racing vet Dan Wheldon dies in crash at Vegas IndyCar race; Iran willing to look at Saudi plot evidence
October 17th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Need to Know News: Racing vet Dan Wheldon dies in crash at Vegas IndyCar race; Iran willing to look at Saudi plot evidence

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For October 17, 2011 – Racing vet Dan Wheldon dies in crash at Vegas IndyCar race, Iran willing to look at Saudi plot evidence, St. Louis Cardinals are headed to the World Series...

• Racing vet Dan Wheldon dies in crash at Vegas IndyCar race: "Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday of "unsurvivable injuries" sustained during a multi-car wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300. He was 33. The rest of the race - the marquee event of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships - was canceled."

• Iran willing to look at Saudi plot evidence, minister says: "Iran is willing to look at evidence that an Iranian man plotted to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, the country's foreign minister said Monday, even as he denied the allegations had 'the necessary basis in fact.'"

Investors on edge over Europe, earnings: "U.S. stocks opened lower Monday as investors remain worried about Europe's debt crisis, while digesting mixed earnings reports from Citigroup and Wells Fargo."

• Americans urged to live MLK's ideals at memorial dedication: "As the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was officially dedicated Sunday, speakers called for carrying on King's ideals and values and confronting issues including bullying and social and economic justice for all Americans. "Nearly 50 years after the March on Washington, our work - Dr. King's work - is not yet complete," President Barack Obama said at the dedication ceremony."

'Improbable postseason' continues for Cards with World Series birth: "With power and bullpen pitching, the Cards won Game 6 12-6. The Brewers self-destructed early, giving up nine runs in the first three innings. Once a postseason long shot, St. Louis now has a World Series date with Texas."

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  1. donna

    hi Piers ..i saw you all your show..intristing Jackie Collins.but the good thing is we are diffrent chararter..i mean all the people..she had her story ..i my .story and and.in life from mistakes we learn not from good things we do ..
    i am following you..thank yous

    October 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. M Cannon

    Piers,
    Re: Dan Wheldon's death.
    The crucial point, seldom mentioned, is that these cars are completely unsuitable to tracks like Las Vegas, etc.

    I have made my living in open-wheel racing for 25+ years and am appalled that we continue to risk the lives of our drivers on the high-bank ovals. These cars have have no business running wheel-to-wheel at 220+ mph – it's recipe for disaster as we've just seen.
    (There is a small but vocal group that will dispute this but they are also simply race fans, not professionals that live this life every day. They have no "skin in the game")
    In simple terms, these cars are just too fast for high-banked-ovals; let them run free and the combined G forces exceed what humans can tolerate, mandate drag levels that slow the cars and you wind up with "Pack Racing". And that's where the danger lies – NASCAR gets away with a bit of rubbing, in IndyCar any contact has serious consequences.
    Going forward, the new "Dallara Survival Cell" chassis will come on line for 2012 but that's akin to offering Band-Ads to cancer patients; the fundamentals are that IndyCars are too fast and the drivers too exposed to be racing on these NASCAR oriented tracks.

    October 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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