Fan sues NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway
Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR
By AMANDA VINCENT
William Fulton filed a lawsuit against NASCAR and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on June 13, claiming he was hit in the head and shoulder by debris from the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of Austin Dillon while shielding his wife at the finish of the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track in July 2015. Fulton filed the lawsuit in Volusia County, Fla. His suit does not list specific injuries nor a specific amount he is seeking, but it does say that he hasn’t recovered from his injuries.
On the final lap of the race, Dillon’s car went airborne after being hit by other cars. The car got into the frontstretch catchfence and landed upside-down on the track. According to track officials, five fans were treated at the track’s care center and one fan was transported to a local hospital.
Through his lawsuit, Fulton claims the track and NASCAR were negligent for “failing to properly remedy known dangerous conditions following continued, numerous injuries to spectators as a result of airborne race cars crashing into catchfences” and for “failing to conduct a thorough engineering analysis of the catch fences and pre-race inspection of the fences,” according to a report from ESPN
Fans also were injured at Daytona in February 2013 when a car driven by Kyle Larson got airborne and into the catchfence late in an Xfinity (then-Nationwide) Series race at the track.
According to the ESPN report, NASCAR requires holds tracks responsible for fan injuries and mandates that tracks carry $50 million in liability insurance.