In what must go down as one of the most bizarre racing accidents in recent times, ex Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya escaped serious injury when his team Eanhardt Ganassi Nascar spun out of control and slammed into a track service vehicle filled with more than 750-litres of jet fuel.
The incident occured under a caution period at the Daytona 500 this past weekend. Montoya, who took advantage of the caution flags to come into the pits, was racing to catch up with the back of the field when something appeared to break in his No. 42 Chevrolet. Unable to control the ensuing spin, the car slammed into the back of a service truck used to carry the circuits helicopter-engined jet dryer – with its tank full of jet fuel.
Although both Montoya’s car and the service truck were engulfed in flames as the two collided, both drivers escaped the accident with only minor injuries.
Following a delay of close to two hours in order to clear the famous track again, the race was eventually won by Matt Kenseth.