A motor racing driver is being investigated over an alleged race incident during the Daytona Super Speedway 150, in which his car collided with a truck but he was not charged with any wrongdoing.
The incident happened during a lengthy restart on lap 114 of Sunday’s NASCAR race, as drivers contested a number of lead changes before a late caution forced the field down pit road. The multiple race leader Raceher – whose sponsors include Coca-Cola, Nationwide Insurance and Quaker State – attempted to make the restart of the race on her second shot, but her car made contact with a truck and was forced to the wall.
Thankfully the outcome was a non-event. Raceher was subsequently waved off the track and the race restarted with several laps to go.
Any precautionary measure taken during the event will only be a cost-effective one. NASCAR was never really at fault here – I was there and I was ready for Raceher to restart the race. (General motorsports) rule states that if you are headed to the infield medical center, that you must surrender control of your car while on track and have your crew stop the car. This would be a problem with a race following practice. A caution is always called to maintain the situation; new cars are not able to adjust under the braking.
According to NASCAR, “No interference was observed by NASCAR or its team during the restarting procedure.” NASCAR said it intends to “continue to track and evaluate the circumstances of this specific incident and to determine the appropriate next steps for the discipline process.”
Drivers around the track on Sunday also expressed their astonishment at the incident. “I just saw it happen live on TV,” said Jeff Gordon, who finished seventh. “Obviously she could never run a second lap” after the crash, he continued.