Danger comes with territory for IndyCar wives

Emma Davies Dixon

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Danger is something that comes with the territory when you’re the wife of a race car driver.

“My stomach drops out of me every time I hear that yellow flag,” said Emma Davies Dixon, wife of Scott Dixon.

But, she says Dan Wheldon’s death added even more perspective to the dangers that come with racing.

“That changed things,” said Dixon.

While Dan’s death made the danger real to many in the IndyCar community, it’s part of life for these ladies.

“In the beginning, I was a lot more nervous,” said Bronte Tagliani, wife of Alex Tagliani. “I would never eat on race morning, and now I can take it more in stride, simply because I realize the guys are so good at what they do.”

“Every time he gets in the car, I want him to do well,” added Heather Carpenter, wife of Ed Carpenter. “It’s like having a bad day at work, and so yes in the back of my mind, there’s that thought that something can happen, but again I’m a firm believer that God has a plan, and if something happens, then we’ll deal with it.”

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