Haas Formula One driver Romain Grosjean had a brown-shorts moment when he ran wide heading out of Circuit of the Americas’ faster-than-anyone-thinks Turn 19, where he encountered a surprise from Lance Stroll’s Williams car in his path.
Lance Stroll’s Williams Formula One car became an out-of-control torpedo after a right front tire problem, sending him off-roading through the gravel trap. If that wasn’t terrifying enough, his car popped out right as Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull was passing by. Behold, the near miss of the year.
A Nissan GT-R went really fast recently. Like, really fast. But not before there was a serious code brown moment during its second run, where it came within inches of eating it against the wall.
IndyCar driver Will Power got the ultimate open-cockpit racing scare tonight at Gateway Motorsports Park: a view of the underside of Ed Carpenter’s car.
One unlucky IndyCar official accidentally got hit by Max Chilton’s No. 8 Honda in Gateway Motorsports Park’s pit lane. Chilton spun while driving down the pits during today’s practice for the Bommarito Auto Group 500, sending him right towards the people standing in a nearby pit box.
Drag racing is known for incredible speeds, and sometimes incredible mechanical failures. This supercharger explosion from Alaska Raceway Park nearly ended very, very poorly for the cameraman filming it.
Formula 4 driver Sophia Flörsch had the scare of a lifetime Friday at Ochlersleben. Flörsch barely missed an SUV that was driving across the track to retrieve a stopped Formula 4 car.
Practice runs for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are already producing some intense Code Brown action. When you’re racing up a bumpy mountain road with no guardrail to keep you on said mountain, things get pretty intense.
I don’t think “spin it to win it” applies to race cars, but I’m mesmerized by this ridiculous save anyway. Ed Carpenter dropped a wheel off the pavement during tonight’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway, upsetting the car just enough to spin it out. Miraculously, Carpenter saves it and keeps going.
Loris Baz had the save of the weekend after nearly losing it coming on to Circuit of the Americas’ main straight during qualifying. It was a Code Brown, but no leathers were soiled, if the rider himself is to be believed on the matter.
Last weekend, the Blancpain Sprint Series got to experience what NASCAR fans would call “the big one” on just turn six of lap one of their qualifying race at the Misano World Circuit. To toss a little less visibility into the mix, Blancpain’s Big One happened at night, making it the crash that just kept on going.
There’s nothing worse than stalling with your car lengthwise across a large chunk of a track, mid-turn. Stalling in the regular direction you’d be on track is dangerous enough. The No. 31 Cadillac was extremely lucky it didn’t get t-boned. Here’s the iffy moment that brought out the second full course yellow at…
World Rally Championship driver Kris Meeke said he “got caught out by a bump” less than a kilometer away from the end of the final stage of Rally Mexico. I’d say that’s an understatement. Meeke went flying off into a parking lot next to the stage road and unbelievably still won the rally.
Poor Takuma Sato had one oops after the other during a stop during today’s IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Cue “Yakety Sax” and hit play.
Close call? Close call. Either way, the first caution at the surprisingly clean (so far) Daytona 500 came out after a pretty simple mistake that could have ended much, much worse.
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Driver Joey Saldana’s sprint car had a wild ride at an All Star Circuit of Champions race at Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday, flipping over the fence and into the stands. The most incredible part of this crash is that no major injuries were reported as a result.
I don’t think “lose hood over crest” was in the notes, you guys.
“Code Brown! Code Brown!” screams your internal monologue as instinct takes over and you try to save yourself from the inevitable spin-out/crash. And miraculously, you do. Somehow.
Incidents where your hood flies up in a regular car are iffy enough, but at least there’s usually a windshield or a roll bar separating that hood from your head. Here’s a special kind of Code Brown: Defcon 5000—the nose flying up off of an open-cockpit Prototype Challenge car at the Rolex 24.