"Everybody in Indycar died a little today." -Chip Ganassi
"It's a black day for the sport. We came here hoping for a good season-finale and ended up losing a very close friend and a very good racing driver." -James Hinchcliffe
"Everybody in Indycar considered Dan a friend. You saw what the reaction was. Dan was one of those special, special people, from when he first showed up at Indycar." -Dario Franchitti
"On behalf of everyone at Sam Schmidt Motorsports, our prayers go out to all of his family, especially his wife, Susie, and their two children." -Sam Schmidt
"Dan was always a very happy guy; he was always smiling. He was a funny, great person that touched a lot of people. He will be missed." -Oriol Servia
"He was a good guy, good family man and really seemed to have a bright future, not only as a driver, but as a television personality as well." -Bobby Rahal
The news shocked the world. Everyone remember all the great times spent with Dan. He is missed.
On a personal note, the only time I talked to Dan was at Iowa in 2011, when he was commentating for Versus. We talked for about five minutes, and then my parents and I walked back to the stands. While we were walking back, the golf kart carrying Dan passed us. We all yelled "HEY DAN!" and he gave us the worlds biggest grin and waved to us. That would be the last time we would ever see Dan.
Three days after I started this blog, Dan died. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing or what I had planned on accomplishing with the blog. I was just running with it, doing things a bit half-ass so to speak. Once he died, I was torn up inside. That's when I started taking this blogging thing seriously. I can't quite explain why, I just felt like I owed Dan something for being such a terrific human being. I started writing to the best of my ability in tributes to him following Las Vegas, and it has subsequently transferred over to my non-DW blog articles. I hope I have made him proud. RIP brother.
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