Dan touched many people and was very unique, whether it being his extensive shoe collection or his tenacious ability behind the wheel of a race or going out of his way for his fans. His loss has left a void that can never be replaced.
This isn't 2006 -- and Marco is a veteran now, easily qualifying for his seventh Indy 500 this year. Confident but not cocky, the 25-year-old is realistic about his chances. Over lunch at Palm Too in New York, he answered my questions.
If an NFL player wears his socks funny, he gets fined. But if a coach (Detroit's Jim Schwartz) acts like an idiot and challenges another (49ers' Jim Harbaugh) to a fight on television? The league takes a pass.
When I think about my conversation with Dan Wheldon last week, and some of the others that I had with Dan through the years, I think of the way in which he had learned to give himself so unselfishly to the sport he loved.
Wheldon will start from the back of the record 34-car grid. But if he makes it to the front for the checkered flag, Wheldon and a lucky fan will split the $5 million dollar GoDaddy Challenge grand prize.