Today we bring you a countdown of the top 5 wrecks of the 2013 SportsCar racing season. Enjoy!
5. Ferrari Goes up in Flames: An apparent fuel leak for the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Toni Vilander in the FIA WEC Six Hours of Sao Paulo saw the flying Finn making a quick exit from his burning Prancing Horse. Miraculously, the car was rebuilt in time for the next race.
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4. Detroit Disaster for Pruett, Rojas: An opening lap accident triggered by Gustavo Yacaman knocked the championship-leading No. 01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-BMW of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas out of the race, and ultimately denied them the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series DP Drivers’ Championship.
3. Cisneros Goes For Wild Ride: Contact between two Porsches in the ALMS Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR resulted in a wild ride and lucky escape by Eduardo Cisneros, who rolled his NGT Motorsport Porsche before coming to rest, right side up, on top of the tire barriers.
2. Westbrook Takes Flight: Richard Westbrook is still counting his lucky stars after surviving what many are calling the biggest accident for a Daytona Prototype, occurring during pre-season TUDOR United Sports Car Championship testing at Daytona last month.
The Englishman’s Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP suffered a right-rear tire failure, sending the car backwards at more than 190mph, into the air, and nearly over the tri-oval catch fence before slamming back onto the ground and into spiraling into a series of rolls. Prototype testing was canceled the following day in the wake of the accident, as well as a similar, but less severe crash from Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa.
1. Baltimore Pileup: Traffic can get a bit messy in any downtown city, but the start of the ALMS race on the streets of Baltimore resulted in a massive pileup that eliminated nearly one-quarter of the field. An estimated $1.5 million in damage was sustained in the accident, which stopped the race for more than one hour.