“Scariest Track Day Ever” video isn’t
What another site pegged as the “Scariest Track Day Ever” is not. It is one of the poorest run events you’ll ever see. Another thing that other site initially had wrong was that this wasn’t a “track day” – it was a sanctioned event. What happened in it should never have happened.
Poor driving and lousy attitude: the idiot Corvette driver should have been tossed out of the event. It’s very clear that he had the slower car – and if there were passing flags waved at him then he blatantly ignored them. His attitude alone – which later caused the crash – should have resulted in him getting black flagged. Since the event organizers and flagging staff were apparently asleep, it escalated to the inevitable crash. At the first crash, he should have been black flagged – and if he ignored it the track should have gone red while he was pulled out and tossed out of the event.
It’s certainly very poor judgment and immaturity on the part of the vette driver. And without knowing him, we’d also suggest (a safe guess) a big fat attitude about refusing to believe that there could possibly be faster cars than his plastique fantastique. He should have been tossed out of the event, the event series permanently, and the track permanently.
The second video shows a couple of additional camera angles which reinforce our opinion.
What of the Subaru driver? Well, kudos to him for good driving – and knowing his car in the wet. But he probably saw red when he was hit (twice), and that’s what got him back on track each time. However, he should have pulled into the pits when the ass in the vette hit him the first time – he was absolutely in the clear himself. Instead, he compounded the situation. He needed to be told to take the rest of the weekend off – but unlike the punishment the ass in the vette should have received, the Subaru driver should come back.
There are those who will see this as “Subaru” versus “Corvette”. That’s not what this video is about – and it’s certainly not what track days or sanctioned competition is all about. Each car has it’s advantages in different ways – unless driven by an ass. Then the event is ruined for a number of people – even the ones you don’t see being hit by the vette. The track organizers have to explain what happened to their insurance company. And publicity like this one may well cause their insurance company to drop them. Certainly the track managers are going to have to have a talk with the event organizers – and possibly they will also get dropped. Eventually this means higher fees for track events for us all.
BTW, the track is the Circuit ICAR, in Quebec.