Fire: every driver’s nightmare. Three ‘scorching’ stories that make us feel better.
June 2010, during the Firestone 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway, Simona De Silvestro’s car caught fire and 30 long seconds elapsed before rescuers managed to pull him out. Simona, who was wearing a Sparco suit, was practically unscathed except for some minor burns to his right arm and hand, and was fine.
May 2010, Jim Head’s car caught fire and exploded during the “Funny Car” at Topeka. Jim escaped from the accident unhurt, despite the fact the fire managed to penetrate his helmet. His Sparco fireproof balaclava really saved his face.
December 2009, during a heat of the Sportcar 24, Charles Espenlaub’s car caught fire 7 hours into the race and turned into a fireball that trapped him in for 20 seconds before rescuers managed to dowse the flames. Charles got out safe and sound and sent Sparco a letter of thanks for the equipment he was wearing.
Three exemplary stories of how important our work can be. Safety is our primary goal.