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Carlos Pardo Killed In NASCAR Mexico Crash: Video



Before showing this video, here is a warning. It is footage of a very violent crash. I debated whether or not to even post it, but ultimately I decided to do so in order to bring attention to the poor track design and low safety standards that took Carlos Pardo’s life.

Carlos Pardo was leading a NASCAR Mexico race in Pueblo when he was tapped from behind by another driver. Pardo’s car then headed straight into a concrete wall. Both the wall and his car disintegrated on impact.

The race was stopped, and Pardo was later posthumously awarded the victory.

It’s immediately obvious that this accident was 100% preventable. While it’s necessary for emergency crews and track officials to be able to access the track from the infield, there is no excuse for the wall being nearly perpendicular to the racing line. Additionally, the wall appeared to be bare concrete, possibly with a couple of water containers, but those didn’t do anything. It certainly had no SAFER barrier. Stronger protection may have saved Pardo’s life.

NASCAR will need to take a long hard look at all of the tracks that it uses in its various series after this. Just because this is a lower level series in a foreign country does not mean that the drivers should be subjected to sub-standard racing conditions. This track was flawed, and Carlos Pardo paid for it with his life.

NASCAR Mexico driver Pardo killed in crash [Fox Sports]

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  • Eric

    NASCAR with sub-standard safety levels? *That's* never happened before.

  • owner driver

    The track faults are quite clear but the construction of the chassis also played a part in the fatality. ALL race chassis are weak in preventing lateral movement to the right side of the car on any impact with only the snyder bar running along the right side of the seat to stop momentum in a right side collision. This is not something easily corrected as the weight must be lower left to aid on the left turning tracks. This crash would have been fatal regardless of safety aids as he impacted with about 90 time the force of gravity. Death was at the moment of impact.

  • owner driver

    The track faults are quite clear but the construction of the chassis also played a part in the fatality. ALL race chassis are weak in preventing lateral movement to the right side of the car on any impact with only the snyder bar running along the right side of the seat to stop momentum in a right side collision. This is not something easily corrected as the weight must be lower left to aid on the left turning tracks. This crash would have been fatal regardless of safety aids as he impacted with about 90 time the force of gravity. Death was at the moment of impact.

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