Friday, April 04, 2008
Michael McDowell walked away from this crash
Now I'm not one of those racing fans who watches to see crashes. But this crash during today's qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Texas was the hardest hit I've seen in many years. The driver is rookie Michael McDowell in his second ever Sprint Cup race driving the #00 Aaron's Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. While watching the crash, you're going to think he was seriously injured or killed. But amazingly he walked away unhurt and will drive in this Sunday's race. This was the ultimate test for the Car Of Tomorrow and it's improved driver cockpit. It 's also another example that the SAFR barriers made of tubular steel and styrofoam has been the greatest safety advance in auto racing history. Think about what the impact against concrete would have done to McDowell. And it only took an hour to repair the wall. Hats off to NASCAR for all the safety advances. Check out the video.