Dan the man - a personal recollection

Dan the man - a personal recollection

The world of motorsport is still stunned by the loss of Dan Wheldon. Jeff Olson was Dan's ghost writer for USA Today and gives his own thoughts on the man whose talent made him a winner and nature universally popular

During the early hours of Saturday morning, the phone pinged with an email from Dan Wheldon. We'd worked on a first-person column for USA Today on Friday evening, and he was worried that the first draft might be too negative.

I had to smile at that. There he was, with far more important things on his mind, awake way too late in Las Vegas, worrying that his column wasn't upbeat enough, so he had to ask the guy who ghosted it.

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