Monday, February 27, 2012

Fire at Daytona 500

With 40 laps left on the Daytona 500, a fiery crash suspended the race.

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"Relax! It's just the Chevy Volt pace car!"

No word yet if the race is over. Depends on the condition of the track.

A car spun out of control and hit a safety truck, towing a jet engine used to blow debris off the track. Carrying about 200 gallons of jet fuel, miraculously, the truck did not explode and both the driver of the car and the driver of the truck escaped with minimal injuries.

The fire was extinguished rather quickly. The debris has been removed from the track and box after box of Tide laundry detergent was brought out to remove the jet fuel from the pavement.
The track is being washed down and they hope to resume the race in half an hour.

Funniest tweet:
"Hello jet engine on a truck. My name is Juan Pablo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

8:21 PM PST Drivers are being sent back to their cars in anticipation of restarting the race.
8:58 Race is back underway under yellow...

Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.

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