Race Car Drivers We Lost Way Too Soon [VIDEO]
We’ve lost alot of great people in tragic accidents either on the track or away from the track, and what really pulls at the heart strings, these professional drivers are just like you & me trying to earn a living doing what they love for their families, but their jobs are very very dangerous and on the track it just takes a split second for something to go terribly wrong. Some of these video’s are very difficult to watch, please only view at your discretion.
Indy Car Driver Dan Wheldon’s Fatal Crash
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died when his car got caught up in a 15-car pileup, sailed over another vehicle and smashed into a catch fence at IndyCar’s season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Sr. Fatal Crash
He was involved in a car accident during the last lap of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2001. He was taken to Halifax Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:16 p.m. after sustaining blunt force trauma to the head. Earnhardt was 49 years old. The event was highly publicized and generated intense interest from the media and resulted in various safety improvements in NASCAR auto racing.
Nascar Driver Davey Allison
Davey invited family friend and racing legend Red Farmer to travel with him to Talladega to watch David Bonnett (son of Neil Bonnett) test at the superspeedway. They would be travelling in a helicopter Davey had recently purchased. An accomplished pilot, Davey had recently completed the requirements for his helicopter license. But as he attempted to land in a confined area in the speedway’s infield, the helicopter nosed up, then crashed to the ground. Neil Bonnett, who was assisting his son and witnessed the crash, pulled Davey and Red from the wreckage. While Red survived with minor injuries, Davey suffered a serious head injury and was air lifted to Caraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham. Early on the morning of July 13, 1993, Davey Allison succumed to his injuries. His death further shook the NASCAR family.
Nascar Driver Alan Kulwicki
Kulwicki won the 1992 Winston Cup championship by what was then the closest margin in NASCAR history. He died early in 1993 in a light aircraft accident, and was unable to defend his championship. He has been inducted into numerous racing halls of fame and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.
Nascar Driver Adam Petty
On May 12th, 2000 Petty was practicing for the Busch 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series (then Busch Grand National Series) race when he got loose going into turn 3, over corrected and went head-on into the wall. Petty was killed instantly due to a basilar skull fracture