Thursday, May 23, 2024

Video: Jim Read Racing has an explosion on the starting line

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We previously reported that Jim Read Racing had an issue on the starting line during the Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway in Sydney, Australia. Thanks to a video by SpeedPhotography, we now know more.

As the team was preparing to make a pass, crew members were making last-minute changes to the engine. Moments later, there was an explosion.

Jim Read Racing Crew Members
Jim Read Racing Crew Members (Photo by Jim Read Racing/Facebook)

The fireball engulfed several crew members. One crew member even had a hat knocked off his head.

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Jim Read Racing said that five crew members were injured. However, four did not sustain serious injuries.

One crew member did suffer a significant injury.

“Thank you for your messages of concern for everyone that was around the race car on the starting line,” the team said in a statement. “Our crew has been checked by [the] medical staff. Four crew members have been released from [the] hospital and a fifth crew member needs further treatment on his hand and should make a full recovery.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us in this unforeseen situation. We sincerely appreciate it.”

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Top Fuel Australia said that IHRA Australia and Sydney Dragway are investigating the incident. We do not know how long it’ll take them to investigate what happened.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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