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IndyCar driver Dana dies in crash at Homestead

Written by: Staff

WASHINGTON, Mar 26 (Reuters) IndyCar driver Paul Dana died today after his open-wheel car collided with another car during a practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Dana, 30, slammed into a car driven by Ed Carpenter at about 200 mph after Carpenter had spun, hit the wall and nearly slowed to a stop, according to Tom Blatter, a spokesman for Dana.

Both drivers were loaded onto a helicopter and delivered to Jackson Memorial Hospital in downtown Miami, he said.

''Trauma personnel worked on Paul and then pronounced him dead at the hospital a little before noon,'' Blatter said.

Dana was in his second year in the racing series, and this year he joined the Rahal-Letterman team, named after owners TV talk show host David Letterman and racing legend Bobby Rahal.

Dana qualified in ninth position for today's Toyota Indy 300, his highest ever.

Reuters PDS VP0030

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