Willow Springs Raceway in California is a scary place to drive a car. I know, because I’ve done so, and I was scared. It’s a very fast track with a lightning quick rear sweeper that turns sharply onto the main straight. Mess that one up and you’re either going to wave good-bye to the rest of the pack because you’ve come in too slowly, or wave hello to the afterlife because you just hit the foreboding wall located far too close to the tarmac.
Driver Steve Butscher was running his Fox Bodied Ford Mustang 5.0 out at Willow when he dropped a tire right before entering the aforementioned fast sweeper. Butscher realized he wasn’t going to get the car back on to the track safely because he just hit the dirt at 130 miles per hour. His goal was to keep the car straight, and he expected the runoff to bring him to safe stop.
It did not.
The Mustang hustled right over the dirt and went straight for a berm. Said berm became a ramp, and the racecar became a flying car with a helpless passenger inside. Amazingly, Steve was unhurt minus a few bruised muscles. This video serves as yet another example of why you should spare no expense on safety equipment. It doesn’t matter if you’re running LeMons or LeMans.