Texas Motor Speedway has been known to host some huge wrecks, Friday afternoon it was home to one of the worst individual crashes anyone has ever seen.
NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Michael McDowell had just finished his first lap of qualifying for the Samsung 500, when he entered the first turn of his second lap.
Then this happened.
He walked away just fine.
Emphasis added by me. He feels great.
"I came off of (Turn 4) on that first lap and felt a little bit off, that something wasn't quite right," McDowell said. "I went down into one and I don't know if it was the oil dry or if something happened. I hate to make that much work for the guys back at the shop. Fortunately, I'm OK, thank God. I got to see that replay and it wasn't good, but for everyone back at the shop that spends time putting these seats in and making these cars safe — that's one of the worst wrecks I've seen in a while. I'm not excited that I had to participate in it. We'll pull the back-up out and we'll get in race trim tomorrow and be fine.
"I feel great. Nothing broke. I didn't pass out. I didn't lose anything out there. I just wish I didn't overcorrect there. We'll have to go back and look at it. I don't know if something happened or if I just lost it there, but it didn't quite feel right. We were six-tenths off of what we ran in practice. I'm just glad to be alright."
I suppose the Car of Tomorrow did it's work today.