Dana's business sense, drive put him in IndyCar seat

Paul Dana was a bright, articulate and driven individual. It was these qualities that got him an IndyCar ride. It was these qualities that also cost him his life, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: March 29, 2006, 8:03 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Paul Dana was intelligent enough to earn a journalism degree from Northwestern University, but that didn't prevent him from being bitten by the racing bug.

That bug came with a fatal bite Sunday. Dana, a 30-year-old IndyCar Series rookie, died while practicing for the IRL opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making for an extremely somber start to the 2006 open-wheel season. It was a tragic end for a bright and articulate young man who found that writing about car racing ...

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