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The fire that ended my race at Circuit of the Americas last month and sent me to the intensive care unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio also destroyed our on-board cameras. We were convinced that no video of the event existed, but last week’s article drew over 50,000 readers and several previously unknown videos surfaced quite by surprise.
The first video comes from the on-board camerea of a fellow competitor, Paul Kruse. I am briefly seen on the right side of the picture, falling ungracefully out of the team’s Porsche 944s in a desperate effort to escape the blaze. My right arm is on fire. The interior of the Porsche is a mass of flames, as well, and my leg is still burning as I tumble backwards out of the car.
I would like to publicly thank Paul and all of my other fellow drivers for looking out for my safety during this incident. If any of them had failed to pay attention and steer clear of my car, the results could have been even more disastrous. The quality of drivers in this series is excellent. If you are a driver who raced past my burning car, thank you for your attentiveness and good driving.
The second video is courtesy of racing photographer Sergio Perfetti and begins, perhaps, 15 seconds after I exited the car. The Porsche is already a mass of flames, and the yellow-uniformed EMTs on the far side of the car are attending me with great care that I truly appreciated. I’m unseen, laying on the ground beside the EMTs.
The third video (also courtesy of Sergio Perfetti) shows the EMTs helping me to my feet and into the ambulance while the fire continues to rage. Other units arrive on the scene, but the fire gets completely out of control, forcing one of the emergency trucks to retreat. Even the videographer backs up when the flams soar 20 feet high.
Thankfully, by this time, I was in the ambulance and safe from any further burns. I am grateful to series officials, track corner workers, and the circuit of the Americas emergency team for their speed, professionalism and compassion.
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