Juan Pablo Montoya Crashes Into A Jetdryer [VIDEO]
After a rain delay that pushed the Daytona 500 back a day to a Monday race for the first time in history and then delayed again from a noon eastern start to 7:00pm eastern, every driver and race fan just wanted to see some racing.
When the race finally started, everyone should have known it was going to be a crazy race when 5-time champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked in turn 2 on the second lap of the 500. Johnson caused damage to at least 6 cars including Daytona 500 rookie Danica Patrick.
But at super speedways everyone is always looking for the “big one”, the crash of the race that takes out 10 or more cars and spreads carnage all over the track.
What everyone didn’t know was the “big one” would only involve one car… and a Jetdryer.
On lap 159, Juan Pablo Montoya driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, was trying to get up to speed and catch up to the lead pack of cars that was on the other side of the track and under caution.
Jetdryers drive around the rim of the track and blow the debris from a crash or the “speedy dry” used to dry fluids from the cars that escape after a wreck.
Everything was as it was supposed to be until something snapped in the rear end of Montoya’s #42 and sent him up the track and into the Jetdryer. The explosion was like something out of a movie and the fire that followed was just as amazing.
Luckily, no one was hurt and the race resumed two hours later making this the single craziest incident in the history of not only the Daytona 500 but NASCAR.