Racing dodges two bullets after two bad accidents
The first was yesterday during the American Le Mans Series race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Two Porsches were battling for the lead in the GTC class when they collided. The No. 31 Porsche driven by Eduardo Cisneros got airborne near a marshal's stand and a cameraman's spot. His car ended right side up on a tire barrier.
Luckily, no one was hurt, including drivers, marshals and cameramen.
Racing's underbelly perked up again today during the second race of IndyCar's Grand Prix of Houston double header. On the final lap, Takuma Sato lost control right into Dario Franchitti. Franchitti's car launched into the catch fence, causing heavy damage to both car and fence. A lot of debris appeared to go into the grandstand.
Once again, serious injury was avoided. 13 fans were injured, but 11 were treated on site. 2 were taken to the hospital, but not for anything serious. Franchitti suffered a concussion, a spinal fracture that does not require surgery, and a fractured ankle. Personally I would call those serious injuries, but it could've been much, much worse.
With these crashes and a yellow filled NASCAR race, this weekend was a harsh reminder that racing is a serious business with potentially serious consequences. In many ways, we were lucky it wasn't worse.