March 11, 2012 Road Atlanta Miata Crash - NASA HPDE 2 group
This 2003 Miata Shinsen Edition was a brand new build by OPM Autosports in Cumming, GA. They installed cage, seat, Schroth 6 point harness, SPA AFFF 6 nozzle fire suppression system, radiator, brake lines, tow hooks and much more. They also oversaw the painting of the interior and hard top. Their workmanship is beyond reproach. It really was the coolest looking track Miata I had ever seen -- which makes this story so sad (OPM also did ride height, corner weights and alignment for Spec Miata class and provided track side support for this NASA SE event). I was in HPDE 2 group (one step above beginners).
I waited three months for the build to complete. I promised myself I would not wreck on the very first weekend I had the car back but ... I did. I hit the inside wall after T3 pretty hard. Personally, I think I went to full throttle too soon at T3. If I had just waited a few tenths longer until the right rear tire had cleared the curbing before mashing the throttle, I think I would have been ok. It's a painful lesson.
Here are pics of car after repairs - better than new!!
Road Atlanta NASA 3 13 2011 CRASH
Thunder Roadster No. 26 Spins in front of Porsche 944 No. 19, causing a
crash and retiring both cars, Minw with bosy damage and a broken radiator.
Track Day Crashes - A Compilation (HD)
Trackdays can be fun but when they go wrong, they go badly wrong!
DISCLAIMER: I do not own the footage, all clips are available publicly on
Horrific Crash at Road Atlanta Fabrizzio Barbazza Ferarri Knocked in Half 1995
The carreer ending accident of drivers Fabrizio Barbazza and Jeremy Dale on
the 1995 IMSA Road Atlanta's 3 hour Grand Prix Race. Jeremy had no place to
go and no time to react in one of the fastest corners at Road Atlanta.
The Miata tried too hard to keep up with the MR2 and Impreza
The view from up front: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyxfo_Xd8M