Although the Circuit Of Americas has only been around for two years, the race suffered its worst crash since inception last week due to one of the race cars being struck by brake failure.
According to sources, the driver, Tim Bell, who was driving a Nissan 370Z, was positioned at 10th in the beginning of the race, but unfortunately was unable to even make it through the first lap before the unexpected happened.
The video below shows Bell veering left to barely miss a Camaro before ultimately flying into the asphalt runoff and sand trap. The car hit the barrier in the middle of a sideways slide, but fortunately the car, the track and the safety crew all worked flawlessly as intended to keep Bell out of harms way.
On his Facebook page, Bell said: “Well that didn’t go as planned…. [Had] a complete brake failure at the end of the back straight entering at a 154mph…. Hit the wall at 136, according to the data… Thank you for everyone’s support and for the quick response of the medical crew…. Sucks that it happened but I’m blessed to walk away!
It will be interesting to see what changes are made to the track or vehicular inspection protocol following this horrific incident. The COTA track is also home to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, MotoGP, Formula 1 and Australian V8 Supercars.
Check out POV video of the gruesome crash!