Daytona 500 - Weirdest Ever

Juan Pablo Montoya hits......a JET DRYER?

2/27/12 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

After a Speedweeks that we have continually said "Huh?" and "WTF" and "OMG" I hope everyone is okay!! we have another first in NASCAR and the Daytona 500.

Juan Pablo Montoya was moving quickly around the track to catch up to the pack, all while the jet dryers were on the track.  Suddenly, something broke on the car, and he slammed into the driver's side door.  His car had sparks underneath and as his car ruptured the jet fuel holding tank, both vehicles exploded.

The next thing we saw, JPM was wandering around in the grass outside of his completely destroyed car, and there was a huge fireball where the back of the jet dryer once was.

The picture is courtesy of SIRIUSXM

The race is currently under a red flag while they remove the safety truck with a crane, as they don't want to take any chances on destroying any more of the track.

Here's a video.



The rest of the race will get underway, once the track is deemed safe.
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2/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Again, it's not like he tried it. Something broke at the absolute unluckiest time.

Yeah, Eric, exactly as Scott said.  If it wasn't for bad luck, Juan would have none 

2/28/12   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Again, it's not like he tried it. Something broke at the absolute unluckiest time.

Relax Eric.  Even the most novice follower of the sport can see that this was just an unlucky and unfortunate accident.  All I was implying is out of all the drivers, it doesn't surprise me one bit that Montoya was involved.  The guy has had more bad luck then good since he came to Nascar

2/28/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
As serious as this whole thing was, is anybody not the least bit surprised Montoya was involved in this?

Again, it's not like he tried it. Something broke at the absolute unluckiest time.

2/28/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Scott wrote:
As serious as this whole thing was, is anybody not the least bit surprised Montoya was involved in this?

If I hadn't seen it, and someone told me "one of the drivers hit a jet dryer!" I would have said "Oh no, is Juan okay?"

Joke of the day:  How many NASCAR drivers does it take to set fire to a Jet Dryer?

Just juan.

(courtesy of Hermie Sadler)

2/28/12   |   Scott   |   49439 respect

As serious as this whole thing was, is anybody not the least bit surprised Montoya was involved in this?

2/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

Driver of the Jet Dryer truck, a safety worker from Michigan International Raceway, was treated and released from local hospital.  He has thanked everyone for their wishes and concerns.

2/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

The picture on the BoW page was tweeted by Brad Keselowski.  He had his phone in his pocket, took the picture and tweeted it.

2/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11283 respect

The driver of the jet dryer has been taken to hospital for further evaluation.  His truck has none of the safety features that the cars do.