Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit was able to run under dry conditions for the majority of its duration, however the storm which plagued that afternoon’s IndyCar race began to slowly move in during the closing laps. By the final lap, the 2.3-mile Belle Isle circuit was pooled with water, causing a multi-car accident at the end of the home straight which involved a Chevrolet Silverado safety truck.
As the GT Daytona cars crossed the finish line, Jan Heylen lost control of his Porsche 911 GT America and slammed into the tire barriers at the end of the front stretch. Thinking the race was over and any danger would be clear, the Chevrolet safety team pulled their Silverado HD out onto the track to tend to the wreck. The wet conditions caused other GT Daytona cars to hydroplane into the barriers, though, including driver of the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 James Davison.
As Davison came sliding into the tire barriers, he smashed into the left rear side of the Silverado safety truck, popping it up into the air. The hit injured two safety workers, with one being released from the infield care center and the other staying overnight at a local hospital. None of the drivers involved in the incident were injured, though Davison reported he was sore after the hit.
It’s unfourtunate it had to happen this way, but this incident should force TUDOR United Sportscar Championship officials to be more strict in regards to when and where safety trucks are allowed to enter the track.