Dangerous racing

Here we will show some serious racing accidents that happened in past years.

Nr 1: On May 20, 2001, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) driver Mike Gagliardo was killed and his competitor, Gary Longo, critically injured in a crash at the Trans-Am Series 125 at Mosport International Raceway in Ontario, Canada.

Nr 2: T-boned by Longo’s Panoz Esperante, Gagliardo’s car, an LG Motorsports Corvette, was released by the SCCA within hours of the race and transported from Mosport within 24 hours without any official release or inquiry.

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Nr 3: The Gagliardo family obtained a court order and was directed to a Texas junkyard-more than 2,000 miles away-where they discovered the car’s discarded chassis. It was intentionally cut into some 125 pieces; many were less than four inches in length.

Nr 4: Racing and engineering experts reassembled the frame and determined that the LG Motorsports Corvette was underbuilt by SCCA and Trans-Am league-sanctioned safety standards.

Nr 5: As a result, the family consulted with Formula One, CART and Dale Earnhardt death investigation experts. The family’s findings revealed that the LG Motorsports Corvette did not meet the SCCA safety requirements. The car was supposed to be inspected before the now-fateful race.

Nr 6: No log book, which is supposed to contain important information about the LG Motorsports Corvette’s maintenance and race history, was ever found or presented to investigators.
Nr 7: Because of SCCA’s and Trans-Am’s failure to probe the crash and subsequent events, such as the car’s quick removal and disposal, Gagliardo’s family had to conduct their own investigation at great personal expense.
Nr 8: As a result of the Gagliardo family query, the Canadian government’s chief coroner has announced an official inquest into the racer’s death. The inquest is set to begin in September, 2002.
Nr 9: More racers-and even spectators and track crews-may be at risk of injury and even death if nothing is done.

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