“There’s a deal you make, and it’s that you can get killed.” That’s how Robin Miller, a veteran of racing who’s covered IndyCar for 47 years, described it to Marshall Pruett in Road & Track.
It’s a sad but inevitable truth—one that becomes harder and harder to comprehend as racing gets safer. Today, drivers in the fastest types of racing on earth routinely walk away from the types of accidents that would have been fatal not that long ago. Racing’s annual body count is steadily dwindling; ironically, that makes each new death, like Justin Wilson’s or Jules Bianchi’s, that much more difficult to rationalize.
How are we supposed to cope with it? How much danger should we accept in motorsports? When the thrill of speed is the inherent attraction—for drivers and fans alike—is death just a necessary byproduct? Marshall Pruett talked to some veterans who lived through racing’s deadliest days to get some perspective. Read all about it over at Road & Track.