VIDEO: Jay Leno Almost Killed After Scary Accident At Irwindale Speedway
CALIFORNIA - Jay Leno is lucky to be alive after being involved in a dangerous crash at Irwindale Speedway in California. Leno was taking a ride with legendary stunt driver, Bob Riggle in the 2,500 HP powered "Hemi Under Glass" when things went terribly wrong. The stunt was being filmed for an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
Comparing the accident to Dale Earnhardt's death in 2001, Reddit user FryBurg explains how Riggle most likely saved Jay Leno's life by rolling the car to avoid hitting the wall:
Slow it down to .25x. He hits a bump in the asphalt fast enough that the rear tires leave the ground, the suspension is loose and is causing the tires to leave the ground after rebounding, the transmission is like a hurst short throw so he can't put it in neutral. The engine is so powerful that every time those back tires hit the ground again they are spinning out, the back end of the car fishtails to the right, he corrects by steering into the slide, but they are on a bank. The back tire catches on the bank instead of continuing to spin, the tire is big which means it had a ton of grip when it finally did grip and that's quadrupled by the weight of the engine over the back axle, which caused the car to flip.
That car is designed to do one thing, go straight on a flat drag strip, the only way he might have gotten out of it would be to slam on the gas when he started to fishtail, but with the wall and barriers in front of you, your instinct would be to keep slowing down.. because of that hump in the asphalt, he was going to crash no matter what. Even if he did power through, that's 2500 hp going to the wheels and there would have been no stopping that until the wall. He might have saved them by flipping it honestly, coming to a dead stop is far worse on your body, but we also can't tell which angle he would have hit the wall at. Just look at Dale Earnhardt's crash, he ran straight into the wall, no flipping or anything but he died from that.. they were making a similar collision course so, glad they came out unscathed. I honestly can't believe that they weren't doing this at a drag strip, it could still happen there but it's usually caused by wheelie bar failure and then the back tires leaving the ground, whereas this was caused by that bump in the road.