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IndyCar drivers will talk safety at Monday meeting

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Dan Wheldon was killed in a crash last Sunday in Las Vegas. Dan Wheldon was killed in a crash last Sunday in Las Vegas.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard

INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar drivers are expected to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday for a meeting to talk about the crash that killed Dan Wheldon.

The expression of love for the two-time Indy 500 champion and his family continues to grow.  People are leaving mementos of their love for Wheldon and support for his family outside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Drivers were scheduled to meet at the Speedway at the request of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard.

Bernard e-mailed drivers this weekend, saying he'd like to get together with them to talk about Wheldon's deadly crash. Everyone in the racing family focused on mourning his death and celebrating Wheldon's life this weekend.

"We all love what we do. We understand there is an inherent danger in it. At the same time, we need to sit down, look and talk about different issues, see if there is anything that can be improved," Ed Carpenter said Sunday.

Monday, the focus may switch to safety at the Speedway and at all IndyCar tracks, steps already being taken with new cars Wheldon himself was testing.

"As long as these cars are open cockpit, an accident like that, the end result will not be different. Hopefully, we can prevent cars from going airborne," said Graham Rahal.

"We have to prevent cars from taking off in the air. I don't know exactly how we do that, we'll talk about it [Monday]," said Alex Lloyd.

Bernard has taken some criticism this past week, but as IndyCar began its investigation into the crash, others say he wasn't to blame and that changes need to be addressed.

Eyewitness News will bring you the latest on the meeting throughout the day.

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