Westbrook Suffers Massive Accident in Daytona Testing

Photo: Halston Pitman/MotorSportMedia

Photo: Halston Pitman/MotorSportMedia

Richard Westbrook escaped injury following a massive accident Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing.

The Englishman’s No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP suffered an unidentified failure while braking into the high-speed Turn 1 section on the 3.56-mile oval/road course, sending the car airborne and into a series of rolls, according to multiple eyewitness.

Westbrook was treated and released from the infield medical center but could not be reached for comment.

The car sustained considerable damage to all four corners, which has resulted in the Troy Flis-led squad packing after completing just a few hours of testing with its newly upgraded DP.

Sportscar365 will have more on this developing story as it breaks.

33 Comments

  1. Tim

    November 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Ho..ly..crap.

    glad he`s alright.

  2. oppositelock

    November 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Right rear tire went. Not a single DP has gone out for the second session yet…

    • rissas dad

      November 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      _Very thankful he’s okay.

      Thats going to create a tense situation. Too much load on tires (Continental), failure with the car, or too much speed (IMSA) or downforce load (IMSA)? Break out the “cheese wedge, big honking fin, big honking holes”. Looks like the center of the car held up well.

      • 2DPchamp

        November 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Hmmm… LMP Challenge on Continental all year. It makes the same if not more downforce than even the current DP. Hard to believe that they are overloading the tire if they are running proper pressures.

        • oppositelock

          November 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

          LMPC never ran at Daytona before, though. It’s a whole different animal. Loads the right rear in the banking more than anything.

          • rissas dad

            November 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

            exactly

          • FormulaFox

            November 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

            LMPC never ran at Daytona… But an LMP2 on Conti tires did. End of 2012, just after the merger announcement, and LMP2 was tested in the post-season GA test at Daytona. On Conti tires.

            Also, Conti tires were used for the recent Ford DP speed record run on the Daytona oval.

            Right now I’m betting this was just a freak accident – a manufacturing defect in that one particular tire, or debris on the track.

        • Stiggg

          November 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

          Your stupid, the dp weighs 1000 pounds more than an lmp car. Even the dps running without the aero upgrade are having tire problems.

  3. Ronald

    November 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Good to know that Richard Westbrook has escaped serious injuries.

    Now, have they gone too far with the aero adjustments on the DPs ? There is a reason why shark’s fins and stepped under-floors have become mandatory features of contemporary LMPs…

    • Ben

      November 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Is continental still using last years DP tires?? 5 seconds a lap is a big difference and, especially on ovals, the new aero updates put much greater loads on these DPs.

      • jack

        November 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        while there is more downforce there is more drag so the speeds on the oval is alot less right now, im not 100 percent sure but i think the fastest cars on the straights are the gtd cars

        • oppositelock

          November 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          Nah, I’m here at start/ finish and the DPs are not having any trouble getting by the GTD cars. The LMPCs are getting a run for their money though.

  4. pdxracefan

    November 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Wow. Glad Richard is OK. Since JD has nothing to report in that department, why don’t we refrain from all the conspiracy theories? Obviously, something failed. Beyond that, we know nothing.

    • oppositelock

      November 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Well, we do know the right rear tire went down. What caused that? Who knows, could have run over something, could have just failed. That part is hard to say.

      • oppositelock

        November 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        If there was an actual problem with the tires, though, I would expect to see other teams having issues as well.

      • Bakkster

        November 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        Or, it could have been a result of the right rear wheel getting bent on contact. I don’t think we can say for sure the RR went down before the accident.

        • oppositelock

          November 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          Since I’m here and have talked to people who know I think we can. Just can’t say for sure what caused it to go down.

    • Ronald

      November 20, 2013 at 3:06 am

      Which conspiracy theories ?

  5. pdxracefan

    November 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Just found this on Motorsport.com

    Reports from the Daytona International Raceway say that the 90 Spirit of Daytona car, being driven at the time by Richard Westbrook became airborne and rolled at the track this morning during testing.

    Due to the test session not being recorded, and no monitors at the track, reports are sketchy.

    The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship tweeted that the driver is ok, and more reports are coming through slowly.

    “Richard Westbrook, driver of the No. 90 Corvette DP, has been evaluated & released from infield care center following late session incident.”

    UPDATE: Word is that he had a tire go down, which caused the air to get under the car lifting it off the ground and causing the roll over.

    • oppositelock

      November 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Makes sense. It happened right in front of our driver who said it just went flying.

  6. Mvez

    November 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Glad he is ok. Too much of the lap at Daytona is spent on the banking, not only is it dangerous, but boring to watch. More sports car, less nascar please.

    • oppositelock

      November 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Too late…

  7. FormulaFox

    November 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    One tire failure does not equal a serious problem, people.

    Please keep in mind that an LMP2 was tested on Conti tires at Daytona at the 2012 end-of-season test and has no problems whatsoever. This may have just been a freak accident – one bad tire(they happen) or even debris on the track causing the failure.

    • oppositelock

      November 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Exactly.

    • Joe

      November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      how bout 2?

      • oppositelock

        November 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        More than two… There were just two that resulted in airborne cars.

      • FormulaFox

        November 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        Barbosa’s crash sounds like something we’d normally be unconcerned with… But in the aftermath of the previous crash, it becomes cause to worry for certain.

        Still a good chance that it could be poor track conditions resulting in a lot of crap to puncture tires. Let’s hope that’s it.

  8. Angie

    November 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thanking God that Richard is OK. :)

  9. KJ Maxwell

    November 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Just got the word from someone who saw it happen. He thinks it’s a French conspiracy led by a certain tire company… more as I get details.

    Seriously, I thank my Lord and Savior that Richard survived and seems to be doing alright tonight.

    But I do wonder about what happens tomorrow at the Big D. Will the remaining DPs go out to play or will Atherton use this incident as an excuse to get rid of the rest of those awful, hateful,racist,politically incorrect Daytona Prototype cars and mandate that shiny and happy Deltawings be purchased instead?

  10. scottypinthemix

    November 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    now it’s Barbosa too that got some air.
    That’s not a good sign, really.
    One car, OK, but 2 cars, hmmmmmm.

    • KJ Maxwell

      November 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Proof that it is a conspiracy. Mr. Bib gets to sell P class tires which gives LMP2 cars the upper hand…

  11. oppositelock

    November 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    We have video of this from our in car. At the end of the front straight the right rear tire explodes sending the car to the right and up the wall into the catch fencing and flipping end over end. Parts everywhere.

  12. Alex

    November 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    0-0 omg!
    That’s insane I’m so glad he’s alright
    That’s the car I even got to sit in…. Happy I wasn’t in there at that point

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