A video showing a scary rollover crash involving a C7 Corvette Z06 that occurred during a track day event at Willow Springs Raceway went viral this past week.
The video, uploaded to YouTube on January 19th, starts by showing a Velocity Yellow C7 Corvette Z06 in the pits at Willow Springs Raceway in California, with the owner standing next to the vehicle. The camera then shows the vehicle exiting the pits before the video changes to show the footage from the vehicle’s factory Performance Data Recorder (PDR). The PDR footage shows the driver losing control of the vehicle under partial throttle before it goes off track, hits a mound of dirt and rolls over.
Photos of the crash aftermath show the C7 Corvette Z06 upside in the infield at the circuit, which is located about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, with the roof completely collapsed in on the passenger side. The driver and his passenger were thankfully able to escape the crash without injury and are even seen in the video having a laugh about the incident in the paddock afterward.
“Well, it was fun while it lasted. We’ve got some good war stories to tell, huh, Tom?” the driver, Steve, says to his friend that was in the passenger seat. “Well, that’s it for today as far as racing, kind of had a boo-boo. Yeah, we’re OK, just get me on my feet, I’ll be OK.”
While it’s unfortunate this Chevy fan’s Corvette Z06 was totaled, we’re glad to see that he escaped unhurt, as this crash was fairly serious and very easily could have ended up with a trip to the hospital – or perhaps worse. We hope this doesn’t discourage him or any other Corvette owners from taking their vehicles out on track, either. With a little bit of instruction and a measured approach, track days can be a safe and enjoyable way to tap into the true performance of the sports car.
Check out the video embedded below.