Growing up and going to the drags as a kid I developed a certain kind of respect for the guys that get behind the wheel of these super lightweight dragsters, with over 10,000-horsepower and speeds of up to 330 miles per hour. Especially after seeing the INSANE crashes some of these drivers survive. Like this driver who did not even make it to the end of the race track, and somehow survived after his dragster snapped in half.
The video Brisbane, Australia where the Fuchs Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway were taking place this past weekend. Driver Phil Lamattina was attempting to qualify for the international meet on Saturday when his car assploded.
The vehicle began to skid, then snapped right in half and both the nose and the body of the car went soaring into the air. The body then hurtled in the air down the track until smashing into the wall.
The 39-year-old racer was conscious and alert following the crash. He was treated by medical staff at the scene of the crash before being taken to hospital. Doctors diagnosed Lamattina with a shattered vertebrae. Bad. But not too bad considering that he was in wreckage that transformed a dragster into an unrecognizable lump of steel.
Thankfully Lamattina is expected to make a full recovery.
“The Lamattina family would like to advise that Phil is currently in hospital after suffering a shattered vertebrae in today’s racing incident. Surgeons have advised that a full recovery is expected, and the team will keep everyone up to date with his progress over the coming days. The family thanks all for the well wishes and support.”
Probably wouldn’t kill you to keep it 55 mph from now on, ya maniac.