NHRA Funny Car engine explodes. Driver walks away unharmed. GIF and short video.
Just following up on this. 2:36 interview with the driver Jack Beckman after the explosion.
Turns out Beckman is a former Air Force sergeant and drag racing teacher. One thing I didn't realize is the hazard created by the motor oil that the explosion throws onto the tires and the driver's visor.
Impressive guy and for once a good interviewer! Really amazing the way he broke that down and his calm demeanor considering what he just went through. Thanks for the follow up Jon!
??? hours??? no, 45 min nowdays to totally rebuild the car, or build a new car.( yes new cars are sometimes totaly built when a winning car is crashed byond repair, but!! the new car can be a used car or a totaly new car but not run at that paticular event,new rule this year) 2 weekends ago just that thing happened to the top fuel points leader ( cap co car), they had to build a totaly new car from a bare frame after the other one was totaled out just past the finish line.I think it was texas or kansas I dont remember....wasent there so it's kinda fuzzy...last time I ran in tex was a blast though and pissed off some of the texans when we won thier "engine builder shootout" sponsored by sunset engines,,,and there was a sunset car(their car I think) in the other lane in the finals in topsportsman next to ours...witch we won...that was truly sweet. and we only had a small Fulton motor....well it was smaller than our big one.... the tv schedule has screwed over the racers at those events. it's get it out there weather it's safe or not...thans not good,but the safty equip is very good.
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