Walking person or a loose tire, no difference in the importance of you avoiding it.Anyway, too hard to tell. Even for a professional racer, you don't practice avoid someone walking on the track in a split second decision. He could have made panic moves.
My thoughts as well. The blue car that rolled by looked to be going slower to avoid an incident, I didn't hear that one gun it on the pass. However Tony did gun it and that makes it seem deliberate.I know it's stupid to get out of the car, and even dumber to approach a car, but this could have been avoided by Tony slowing and taking an inside line during the caution lap. Instead, he accelerated and ran him over... very sad.
I watched the video and heard the engine accelerate and see the car sliding.
Yeah this is closer to what I was saying.Tragic, for sure.
Don't forget that these cars have no clutch or differential. If the car in front of you swerves suddenly and at the last minute you see an idiot walking down right into the path of your rear wheel, the only way to attempt to avoid the rear wheel hitting him would be to steer right and hit the gas to try to goose the rear end around.
Sprint cars only have two pedals, one on each side of the steering column. They brake with their left foot, gas on the right. This guy drives these cars almost daily. Whether he tried to avoid him or hit him intentionally, It's VERY unlikely that it would have been due to a failure to control the car as intended.You do hear the motor rev, I wonder if he lifted his foot off the accelerator to hit the brake but hit the gas by mistake?