An unprecedented Daytona 500 just got a little more unprecedented. In the first Great American race to be run on a Monday, Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his car in turn three.
There is nothing odd about that. Cars were losing control all night as they adjusted to lower spoilers and the hybrid pack/two-man racing.
What was odd about this was that it was under caution. And wouldn't you know it, that loss of control sent him hurtling toward a jet dryer on the track.
In what was not a surprising result from the collision an explosion almost immediately ensued. The jet dryer is propelled by jet fuel, after all.
No one was hurt, which makes this bizarre scene an odd bit of Daytona history instead of a tragic one.
While it may be exciting to see these guys race through flames, it is not particularly safe. It also isn't great for the surface of the track. The announcers on Fox seem confident the race will resume, but it is certainly in the best interest of their job to appear that way.
This could easily cause more damage to the track than is repairable any time soon.