Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Debris

There was something wrong in the world of racing this last week. Seems there was dangerous debris falling all over the place. First, on July 19th Henry Surtees was killed in an F2 race in England when another car crashed, sending a tire across the track that struck him in the helmet as he raced past. Here is the video for as long as it lasts before Youtube removes it for copyright.


Then during Saturday's Formula One qualifying Felipe Massa was struck in the helmet by a spring from Rubens Barrichello's car. The impact knocked him out sending him straight into a tire barrier and fracturing his skull in at least two places. After being air lifted to the hospital and undergoing emergency surgery he is well underway to recovery. He is expected to walk out of the hospital as early as next week.

I can't seem to find a good version of the video on youtube because they keep taking them down. But of you search for it, I'm sure something will come up.

So I wanted to share a few photos from the Kart track on Monday night. Seems parts just don't want to stay on the cars this week...

A loose side pod that was hit once by another kart.


Another side pod being carried back to the pits by the owner after being torn off the kart.


This wasn't debris related, but just a mildy violent crash that I happened to capture.

No one was hurt in any of these incidents, and I'm not comparing these to the dangers of Formula One racing, but it's still dangerous. After what happened to Henry and Felipe, I immediately cringed when I saw a side pod with a big metal bar in it tumbling down the track with 16 karts racing past.