I remember this one in 1999, because I grew up only 20 miles from Laguna Seca and would go there frequently to watch racing. I remember seeing his crash on the local news that evening:
Gonzalo Rodriguez crashed at the top of the corkscrew, not sure whether it was mechanical or if he simply didn't brake soon enough.
First one that comes to mind is Henry Surtees. Such a bizzare accident and it looks like the tire just misses him, but in fact it landed right on his head. What this young man's career would've been...
Then there is the Shoya Tomizawa accident. This is very hard to watch, no gore, but very disturbing. He suffered severe stomach trauma.
JD Mc Duffies' death was the worst one that I've seen live, it was extremely violent. It caused significant changes to the track to slow the cars down to a somewhat sane speed.
McDuffie was involved in an accident on the fifth lap of the 1991 Budweiser At The Glen race at Watkins Glen International. On the straight between the Esses and the Loop-Chute, at 170 mph, McDuffie and Jimmy Means touched wheels. McDuffie's driver's side outer tie rod end dropped from the front wheel spindle, which caused him to lose control of the position of the right side tire/wheel. Further, the impact caused the front wheel assembly to completely fall off the car, starting a chain reaction that resulted in all of McDuffie's brakes failing.
This one doesn't involve death, but is equally disturbing.
Tetsuya Ota's crash and fire at Fuji Speedway 1998.
WARNING!!! not for the faint of heart Starts with the rescue. Crash seen at 2:35.
You would think they pulled out a dead person.
still involved in motorsports in Japan
here he is discussing, the then new, Ferrari 430
Ah wow, this is the bad memories thread.
So in September of 1999 I rally with some buddies to Laguna Seca to catch CART. We show up at the track and were confused by total inactivity when there should have been a practice going on. Word soon filtered through that Gonzo had a bad and possibly fatal accident at the corkscrew. We couldn't believe it....first Krosnoff just a couple years back and now Gonzo. Greg Moore followed a scant 6 weeks afterwards. Awful.
I always wished I'd printed a copy of the practice session times when Gonzalo Rodriguez left us. He was turning heroic times in a bad Lola chassis that team Penske simply didn't have a handle on...way ahead of what Little Al was doing with it. What a shame, Gonzo had the potential to be a great one.
Edit - This was the incident that prompted Stefan Johanssen to quit CART at the end of that year.
Anyway, after a while they fired up the copter, wheeled Greg into it and took off. At that point, the seriousness of it set in a little but we were all still assuming he was probably dinged up pretty good but still alive.
Then, in the middle of the race the flag was lowered to half mast and the whole place just deflated.
Last edited by DerSpiegel; 10-05-2012 at 10:30 PM.
I stumbled upon a website a few years ago that was nothing but unedited raw footage of race crashes....all fatal. I joined the site because I am a little morbid but they had a member that went all CSI on the crashes and his breakdowns were very informative and revealing.
The marshalls were poorly equipped and less than willing to help. Fans tried to climb the barriers to assist but were beaten back by police. Williamson died from asphyxiation. He could have been saved if someone other than Purley had helped to extract him from the car. The absolute worst part of all this is that Purley recalls that he could hear Williamson pleading for help inside the burning car.
Last edited by UFO007; 10-06-2012 at 01:28 AM.
Sad thread... I am somewhat happy there aren't vids or pictures of Cevert's crash as it really has to be an ugly sight. Wasn't this the crash that made Jackie Stewart retire from racing?
Last edited by Lupo TDI; 10-06-2012 at 12:02 PM.