- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - More than a dozen IndyCar drivers met with series officials for three hours Monday to discuss ways to make the sport safer.

The meeting is in response to Dan Wheldon’s death on Oct. 16 in a fiery, 15-car crash at the season finale in Las Vegas and comes less than 48 hours after his funeral in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, two of Wheldon’s closest friends, say they talked about how to prevent another fatal crash. Neither discussed specific proposals. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Brian Barnhart, the series’ president of competition, both attended the meeting.

Kanaan says drivers must continue to push for better safety measures during the six-month offseason.

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