Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Road Atlanta Majors - Danny Steyn Crashes in Turn 5

This is a very well written story by Danny Steyn, the driver involved in the accident, who walks us through what happened and his thoughts on it. There is plenty for all of us to learn from it.

(via Danny Steyn'sYoutube channel)
In Race 2, I was just pushing too hard and with two laps to go was closing in on 4th place and over drove the exit of turn 5 and put my right front wheel in the hollowed out gravel trap, and it sent me into the air head first at 78 MPH into the tire wall in T5. 

I fortunately released the wheel at impact otherwise I would have broken both my thumbs as the wheel spun violently as I did a full pirouette in the air and came to rest exactly where the Porsche was struck in Saturday's horrific wreck. 

It's amazing the thoughts that go through your mind when you are exposed like that. My first thought, at the instant of impact, was that I knew I that I had totaled my car, and that I would not be making the trip to VIR. I also knew I was a sitting duck in the impact zone and it was just matter of seconds before I would be T-boned by the pack. 

The Saturday's wreck was firmly imprinted in my mind and I for the first time in my life I was fearful of being hit by someone else. Until that moment it had never worried me.

For what seemed like an eternity, but was actually just a few seconds, I was sitting there in the impact zone absolutely fearful screaming at the marshals to stop the cars from T-boning me, and then I looked down at the dash realized my car was still running, and miraculously I drove it out of the impact zone, and all the way to the pits.

When you see the impact you will NEVER believe how minimal the damage to the car was. Tire walls -- I LOVE YOU -- not in a million years did I think I would have had this kind of damage after that kind of hit. In fact there was nothing preventing me from completing the race, no tire rub, no broken radiator, nothing other than I was completely unaware of the lack of damage to the car.

Thanks to Tom for building a strong car, but I know I got lucky this time. Thanks to all my sponsors and supporters, and sorry to disappoint you this weekend. OPM Autosports, Rossini Racing Engines, Traqmate Data, Carbotech brakes and Adept Photo Studios.