Two People Sent To Hospital After Safety Car Crash Prior to IMSA Rolex 24

Jackson Wheeler
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A safety car pacing a Heritage Exhibition field on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway crashed sending two people to a local hospital.

The crash happened Saturday morning hours prior to the start of the IMSA Rolex 24.

The yellow BMW appeared to be one of the Michelin Pilot Challenge safety cars and it paced the TCR field on Friday. Pictures on social media showed the damaged car sitting on the backstretch.

The track later released a statement confirming the crash:

“Following an incident exiting the backstretch chicane during today’s CHRA, LLC Heritage Exhibition laps, two individuals were transported to an area medical facility for further evaluation. The incident will be reviewed by CHRA, LLC and Daytona International Speedway.”

The Heritage Exhibition is a demonstration featuring former Rolex 24 cars that normally takes place prior to the main event, the IMSA Rolex 24. The Rolex 24 took the green flag later Saturday and will conclude Sunday afternoon.


I have been around and written about the sport of NASCAR for over three decades and previously worked fulltime for the Sporting News and  Scripps-Howard News Service.  I am also a contributor to two Chicken Soup  for the Soul books including the NASCAR edition, published in 2010 and  the author of “The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers’  Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing.” I am a multiple National  Motorsports Press Association award winner. Early in life I spent 23  years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that  in and around the Special Operations community serving in support of  Operation Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm and ended my military career  in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

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