IRL Driver Paul Dana Dies After Collision

On the opening day of the Indy race season, a tragic crash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

During a final practice run, a fatal collision took the life of 30-year-old rookie driver, Paul Dana.

Just after 10 a.m. Sunday morning, driver Ed Carpenter lost control and slammed into a wall. Several cars avoided hitting Carpenter, but Paul Dana was not able to move out of the way in time. Dana's car slammed into Carpenter's at a speed of about 200 miles an hour.

Both drivers were air lifted from the scene. Paul Dana died just before noon.

Carpenter is said to be awake and alert at a Miami hospital.

Sunday's Toyota Indy 300 was to be Paul Dana's first for the Rahal Letterman racing team. Dana's Rahal teammates, Danicka Patrick and Buddy Rice did not participate in the race.

"Obviously this is a very black day for us," said team owner Bobby Rahal. "On behalf of all of our team, our prayers certainly go out to Paul, his wife Tonya, and the whole Dana family."

Maya Golden reporting,