Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: East of Seattle
Some vintage racing fans will find out, if they don't already know, that a racer died at this race in Spokane. I was in his group. Second to last race of the weekend on Sunday. He was racing an Elva Mk7s (with BMW power). He was a front runner in our mixed group. Halfway through the first lap, where he was already a few seconds ahead of me, I saw a cloud of dust, and large chunks of rock and gravel on the track, but no wreckage. We were given a full course caution with pace car for a couple laps before the session was called off.
What I learned later was that there was a suspected mechanical failure, possible front suspension, that led to his car suddenly veering off to the infield of the track at the end of the back straight. There's an embankment there, and it catapulted him high up in the air, barrel rolling multiple times, landing deep in the infield and out of sight from the track. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead.
I like the Spokane track a lot. It might be my favorite, but it's unforgiving. I know of 2 racers who have died there, one in a car and another on a motorcycle, and several who have been maimed. This is just in my experience with this track in car and motorcycle racing over the last 10 years. It's better now than in the past, but in my opinion it definitely needs improvement in run-off space and fewer embankments.
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