race car crashes

race car crashes

Race Car Crashes

A list of graphic videos of the worst race car crashes in automotive history. Many of these crashes were fatal. Automobile racing is a dangerous sport, and this list should serve as proof of the bravery (foolhardiness?) race car drivers exhibit out on the track. Thankfully, vehicle safety technology has increased greatly throughout the years and fatalities have become much less common. This list is updated as these horrible accidents occur, including the latest such as Dan Wheldon’s fatal crash. If there are any crashes I have missed, please let me know in the comments. Note that this is a list of videos, which is why crashes such as Depailler’s death or Francois Cevert’s gruesome crash in which he was cut in half have not been included. Drive safe.
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Race Car Crashes

2 + – 93 39 Roger Williamson’s Fatal Crash v Video: YouTube For me, this is the hardest crash to watch. In Roger Williamson’s second Formula One race, a tire failure likely caused his car to flip over and burst into flames. Williamson avoided serious injury, but was now trapped in his car. The inept safety marshals did not know what to do, nor were they equipped with fire proof clothing.Driver David Purley abandoned his car and sprinted across the track to save Williamson. Purley could hear Williamson shouting for him to help. Purley desperately tried to put out the fire and flip Williamson’s car back over, begging the marshals to help him. While the marshals did nothing, Purley did his best, but ultimately failed as the other drivers simply drove past. By the time the fire truck arrived, eight minutes later, Williamson had already died from asphyxiation. The whole scene was broadcast on live television. 67 Insane Car Modification FAILs 10 Celebrities Who Survived Plane Crashes
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Race Car Crashes

3 + – 92 44 3 people just voted on Tom Pryce’s Fatal Crash v Video: YouTube Just a warning, this video is especially gruesome. At the 1977 South African Grand Prix, Renzo Zorzi had a problem with his car and pulled off the track. Zorzi’s car quickly caught fire, and Zorzi safely jumped out. This is where the carnage began.Two race marshals decided to sprint across the track with fire extinguishers. The first marshal barely made it, but the second one, a 19-year-old named Frederick Jansen Van Buren, was struck by Tom Pryce who was driving at 170mph. Van Buren was cleaved in half, and his body so horribly dismembered that his boss was only able to identify him by summoning all of the other race marshals and seeing who was missing. But it didn’t stop there. The 40-pound fire extinguisher Van Buren had been carrying struck Pryce in the head with such force that Pryce’s helmet strap partially decapitated him. The fire extinguisher landed in the parking lot outside of the track, having flown over the grandstand. Pryce was killed instantly. Pryce’s car continued to hurtle down the track at almost 170mph, ultimately crashing into the car of driver Jacques Laffite.
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Race Car Crashes

Electric GT says that a race weekend will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). They are staying close to home for the first race on November 25 at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
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Race Car Crashes

4 + – 67 31 Dan Wheldon’s Fatal Crash v Video: YouTube During the 11th lap of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship, two cars clipped each other, sending one airborne and the other into the wall. This resulted in a 15-car pile up, including Wheldon’s. Since he was traveling at race speed when the accident occurred, his car was launched and barrel-rolled into the catch fence before landing head down. His injuries were so bad that he was unable to remove himself from the vehicle. He was airlifted to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. The crash resulted in a red-flag and the race was ended and not replayed. Wheldon was put at the top of the listings in his honor. The Top Tips for Buying a Car The 7 Longest Traffic Jams in History
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Race Car Crashes

2 + – 93 39 Roger Williamson’s Fatal Crash v Video: YouTube For me, this is the hardest crash to watch. In Roger Williamson’s second Formula One race, a tire failure likely caused his car to flip over and burst into flames. Williamson avoided serious injury, but was now trapped in his car. The inept safety marshals did not know what to do, nor were they equipped with fire proof clothing.Driver David Purley abandoned his car and sprinted across the track to save Williamson. Purley could hear Williamson shouting for him to help. Purley desperately tried to put out the fire and flip Williamson’s car back over, begging the marshals to help him. While the marshals did nothing, Purley did his best, but ultimately failed as the other drivers simply drove past. By the time the fire truck arrived, eight minutes later, Williamson had already died from asphyxiation. The whole scene was broadcast on live television.
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Race Car Crashes

4 + – 67 31 Dan Wheldon’s Fatal Crash v Video: YouTube During the 11th lap of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship, two cars clipped each other, sending one airborne and the other into the wall. This resulted in a 15-car pile up, including Wheldon’s. Since he was traveling at race speed when the accident occurred, his car was launched and barrel-rolled into the catch fence before landing head down. His injuries were so bad that he was unable to remove himself from the vehicle. He was airlifted to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. The crash resulted in a red-flag and the race was ended and not replayed. Wheldon was put at the top of the listings in his honor.
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Why It's Infamous: The final event of Formula 1's Black Weekend, Senna's death followed the death of fellow driver Roland Ratzenberger during the previous day's qualifying and a terrifying crash for Rubens Barrichello. After a safety-car period, Senna was leading the race when his car went straight off the track at Tamburello — the cause has long been attributed to a broken steering shaft, though it's still actively debated — hitting the wall at high speed. It is thought that the front wheel of his car swung up and impacted his helmet, killing him.
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Why It's Infamous: Portago's crash at the 1957 Mille Miglia almost ended road racing for Ferrari. He was approximately 40 miles from Brescia, the starting point of the race, when a tire blew on his 335S. The car went into a ditch and was then launched into the crowd along the highway, killing him, his co-driver Edmund Nelson, and ten spectators, five of whom were children. Portago's body was found, severed in half, near the overturned car.
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Why It's Infamous: This is the big one. Pierre Levegh's 1955 accident at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz at Le Mans shook up the racing world and forever changed the way cars and drivers compete. For some time after the crash, it was believed that car racing would be outlawed around the world. Only two hours into a twenty-four-hour race, Levegh was attempting to pass an Austin-Healey in his significantly faster Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. Confusion regarding track position caused him to strike the rear of the Healey, catapulting his Mercedes into the air. It flew into a trackside embankment meant to protect spectators, which caused the car to shatter, sending flaming debris into the crowd. Over 100 spectators were injured, and 82, along with Levegh, died. Mercedes did not officially field a team in competition for the next 30 years.
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Because they were one of the closest pit stalls to the accident, many of Earnhardt’s and Casey Mears’ crew members were the first to arrive at Dillon’s wrecked car. Fans cheered when crew members gave the thumbs-up sign that Dillon was conscious and seemed to be okay. Not only did Dillon’s car fly into the fence, but it was hit again after it came to rest by Brad Keselowski’s spinning car.
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Why It's Infamous: Racing at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix for Ferrari, Lorenzo Bandini was in second place when he entered the chicane by the harbor. His rear wheel hit the guard rail, sending him sliding into a lightpole near the track. His car then flipped. Sparks ignited the contents of the ruptured fuel tank, and Bandini was trapped underneath. When track marshals arrived to rescue him and right his car, it is believed that they accidentally allowed leaking fuel to contact the hot exhaust headers. The car exploded.
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Why It's Infamous: During qualifying at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, Gilles Villeneuve was attempting to pass Jochen Mass, who had moved right to let him by. Villeneuve moved right at the same time, sending his car up and over Mass's. He was launched almost 100 meters, and his car came down nose first, disintegrating on impact. Gilles was thrown from the car, still strapped into his seat, and was immediately rescued by a pair of drivers and a doctor who arrived some 30 seconds after the crash. He was airlifted to a local hospital, but it was already too late.

Published on Jun 28, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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