In the wake of the accident that occurred during last month's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, there has been much debate about our current best practices for safety car deployment.
James Davison lost control of his No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 on the wet track and rear-ended a stationary safety truck, with the left front of his car going underneath the truck and lifting it off the ground. The crash involved three other competitors as well as two safety workers. According to IMSA, one of the safety workers had suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and damage to his spleen and kidney.
Just last month, a safety truck was called to retrieve Bill Ziegler’s stranded No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3. The wrecker made it across the track with less than two seconds to spare before the leading drivers passed by it on their second lap. A statement from World Challenge said a local yellow was issued, but none of the leading drivers appeared to slow down, and narrowly missed the truck.
Of course, the most high-profile accident involving a safety vehicle occurred in October of last year. Jules Bianchi, who remains in a coma, suffered a terrible crash in wet conditions during the Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi's car collided with a recovery vehicle tending to the removal of Adrian Sutil's car after he had crashed in the same area just one lap before.
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