List of Daytona International Speedway fatalities
Daytona International Speedway has seen 40 on-track fatalities since its opening in 1959: 23 car drivers, twelve motorcyclists, three go-kart drivers, one powerboat racer, and one track worker. The most notable death may have been that of Dale Earnhardt, who was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001.
|Name||Date of accident||Vehicle||Sanction||Event||Session||Course of events||References|
|Teague, MarshallMarshall Teague||February 11, 1959||Car||USAC||Speed record attempt||Testing||Teague conducted test runs preparing for a speed record attempt in a "Sumar Special", a reconfigured Indy car with a canopy and streamlined fenders, classified as Formula Libre; when he entered the west turn, the high-speed aerodynamic lift caused his racer to spin and flip end-over-end, throwing Teague, still strapped to his seat, from the car. He was killed instantly.|||
|Amick, GeorgeGeorge Amick||April 4, 1959||Car||USAC||Daytona 100||Race||Exiting the west turn, Amick's "Bowes Seal Fast" Indy car smashed into the outer guard rail on the backstretch straightaway, overturned, and traveled upside down before coming to a standstill in the infield. He died instantly.|||
|Taylor, Byrne E.Byrne E. Taylor||June 14, 1959||Boat||APBA||Southeastern States outboard championships on Lake Lloyd||Heat race||Approaching the west turn, Taylor's C racing runabout spun, flipped and ejected him into the water where he was hit by an onrushing competitor. The 53-year-old physician was pronounced dead of a broken neck on arrival at Halifax Hospital.|||
|Every, MartinMartin Every||June 18, 1960||Car||American Motors passenger car test||Testing||Leaving the east turn, Every lost control of his Rambler, apparently due to a blown tire, and overturned. The 23-year-old amateur driver died at Halifax Hospital about an hour later.|||
|Haberling, HabeHabe Haberling||February 21, 1961||Car||NASCAR||250-mile race||Practice||Having entered the east turn, Haberling's Modified Chevrolet spun sideways, veered down the banking, and ran it up again before rolling over several times and coming to a stop near the infield grass. Haberling was killed instantly.|||
|Wade, BillyBilly Wade||January 5, 1965||Car||Goodyear tire test||Testing||Wade was approaching the west turn when his Mercury blew a tire. After ramming and sliding along the outer retaining wall, the car skidded down to the apron, ran up the turn, crashed into the wall sideways and jerked to a halt. Wade was pronounced dead on arrival at Halifax Hospital from internal and head injuries.|||
|MacTavish, DonDon MacTavish||February 22, 1969||Car||NASCAR||Daytona Permatex 300||Race||Coming out of the east turn, MacTavish hit an opening in the outside wall covered by metal guard rail, shearing off the front of his Sportsman Mercury Comet, which was then struck by Sam Sommers. MacTavish was killed instantly.|||
|Bartz, Wayne HarrisWayne Harris Bartz||March 12, 1969||Bike||76-mile novice lightweight race||Heat race||Riding a Suzuki, Bartz crashed into two downed bikes on the east turn. He was flung through the air and slammed on the ground. The 30-year-old motorcyclist died of massive injuries in the speedway hospital a short time later.|||
|Prince, TabTab Prince||February 19, 1970||Car||NASCAR||125-mile race||Race||A blown engine caused Prince's Dodge Charger Daytona to slide sideways as it was going into the west turn where it was t-boned by Bill Seifert. Prince died of a broken back and compressed spinal cord.|||
|Bradley, RustyRusty Bradley||March 14, 1971||Bike||AMA||Daytona 200||Race||Bradley lost control of his Kawasaki in turn one of the road course, his helmeted head hitting the track. The 21-year-old college student died of skull injuries in Halifax Hospital several hours later.|||
|Pearl, DavidDavid Pearl||July 31, 1971||Car||SCCA||Central Florida meet — Paul Whiteman Trophy||Race||Coming to a halt in the center of the track after spinning out, Pearl's Brabham BT29 was broadsided by Milo Vega on the west infield turn of the road course. The 30-year-old university graduate was dead on arrival at the track hospital, having suffered a broken neck and a fractured skull.|||
|Hassler, FridayFriday Hassler||February 17, 1972||Car||NASCAR||125-mile race||Qualifying Race||Hassler was involved in a multi-car pileup on the backstretch. His Chevrolet hit a wall, spun, and was struck by Jimmy Crawford, Hassler being knocked back into the wall. He was dead of neck and head injuries.|||
|Williams, DonDon Williams||February 17, 1979||Car||NASCAR||Sportsman 300||Race||Coming out of Turn Two, Williams, who was driving a Sportsman Chevrolet Chevelle, was involved in a multi-car pileup, incurring permanent brain damage, which left him in a semicomatose state until his death on May 21, 1989.|||
|Knotts, RickyRicky Knotts||February 14, 1980||Car||NASCAR||125-mile race||Qualifying Race||Going into Turn One, Knotts, driving an Oldsmobile, made contact with Slick Johnson, crashed into the outside wall, collided with Blackie Wangerin, and skidded across the track and the infield grass before slamming into a concrete wall passengerside. Knotts was dead of head injuries.|||
|Jacobi, BruceBruce Jacobi||February 17, 1983||Car||NASCAR||UNO Twin 125||Qualifying Race||Caught by a gusty headwind exiting Turn 2, Jacobi drifted towards the wet infield grass where his Pontiac became airborne and somersaulted until its remains came to a stop near a dirt bank. Jacobi suffered head injuries and remained semicomatose until his death on February 4, 1987.|||
|Affleck, FrancisFrancis Affleck||February 7, 1985||Car||ARCA||Daytona ARCA 200||Practice||Entering the backstretch, Affleck's Ford started to spin and flipped several times. Due to a failure of the window net, he was partially ejected, sustaining head and neck injuries. He was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center shortly after the crash.|||
|Ogle, CharlesCharles Ogle||December 15, 1985||Car||Pontiac race car test||Testing||A tire failure led to Ogle's Dash Series Pontiac Sunbird digging into the infield grass near the bus stop chicane and becoming airborne. The car landed on its roof and only stopped sliding near an infield embankment. Ogle succumbed to his head injuries at Halifax Medical Center eleven days later.|||
|Young, JoeJoe Young||February 13, 1987||Car||NASCAR||Komfort Koach 200||Race||Involved in a multi-car pileup, Young's Dash Series Chevrolet Cavalier was slowly sliding backwards between Turns 3 and 4 when hit almost head-on by Duell Sturgill with the impact ripping apart the front end of Young's car. The 38-year-old auto mechanic was dead of multiple internal injuries.|||
|Kolman, JamesJames Kolman||December 27, 1987||Kart||WKA||Enduro World Championships||Practice||About to enter the infield section of the road course, Kolman, driving a Yamaha kart in the S Lite Class, left the course and hit a barrier. A short time later, the 25-year-old computer employee was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Glenn, RandyRandy Glenn||February 27, 1988||Bike||CCS||Lightweight Superbike/SuperTwin races||Practice||Exiting the infield section of the road course, Glenn was killed in a crash with his Kawasaki EX500. The 38-year-old hobby motorcyclist was pronounced dead of massive head injuries at the infield care center.|||
|Robertson, DaleDale Robertson||December 27, 1989||Kart||WKA||Enduro World Championships||Race||Starting in the Sprint Sit-Up class, Robertson and several other drivers were involved in a crash. The 26-year-old racer died of massive head and chest injuries.|||
|Johnson, SlickSlick Johnson||February 11, 1990||Car||ARCA||Daytona ARCA 200||Race||Between Turns 3 and 4, Johnson lost control of his Pontiac Grand Prix, which was sliding sideways when hit by David Simko's car and thus deflected into the outside wall from where it rebounded into the path of an oncoming spinning car before being broadsided by another one near the infield. Johnson sustained a basal skull fracture, a crushed chest, and other internal injuries. He died at Halifax Medical Center three days later.|||
|Booher, JoeJoe Booher||February 12, 1993||Car||NASCAR||Florida 200||Race||Entering Turn One, the right rear of Booher's Dash Series Chevrolet Beretta clipped the left front of Carl Horton's car, which sent Booher head-on into the outside wall. Coming down across the track, he was struck in the right front by Rodney White. Booher was pronounced dead of massive head and internal injuries at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Adamo, JamesJames Adamo||March 7, 1993||Bike||AMA||Daytona 200||Race||Exiting the infield course, Adamo's Ducati 888 went straight into a stack of hay bales before striking a retaining wall and guardrail. The crash was caused by front brake failure. The 36-year-old motorcycle parts shop owner was dead of massive head injuries.|||
|Bonnett, NeilNeil Bonnett||February 11, 1994||Car||NASCAR||Daytona 500||Practice||Bonnett's Chevrolet Lumina swerved when coming off Turn 4, slid onto the apron, went up the banking, and crashed into the wall nearly head-on. Bonnett was pronounced dead of massive head injuries at Halifax Medical Center a little later.|||
|Orr, RodneyRodney Orr||February 14, 1994||Car||NASCAR||Daytona 500||Practice||Entering Turn 2, Orr's Ford Thunderbird spun onto the apron, went up the banking, flipped over, and hit the wall roof-first. The crash, in which Orr was killed instantly, was triggered by a broken mounting stud, a part that holds the shock absorber to the car.|||
|Himes, MichaelMichael Himes||January 31, 1997||Car||IMSA||Two-Hour Endurance Championship||Race||Having entered the bus stop chicane, Himes's Honda Civic del Sol SI, instead of turning right, hit a tire wall head-on. The 42-year-old driver, who had retired from working in the computer chip manufacturing industry, was pronounced dead of severe trauma at Halifax Medical Center several hours after the crash.|||
|Reiman, RogerRoger Reiman||March 4, 1997||Bike||BMW Battle of the Legends||Practice||A collision involving several motorcycles caused Reiman to be thrown from his bike on the infield section of the road course. The 58-year-old Harley-Davidson dealer was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Matteson, ChadChad Matteson||October 31, 1997||Bike||NASB||Lightweight Sport Bike/GT3 race||Practice||Coming out of the infield section of the road course, Matteson crashed on his Yamaha 400. The 24-year-old motorcycle mechanic was declared brain dead at Halifax Medical Center in the afternoon of the same day.|||
|Tatro, ChrisChris Tatro||March 2, 2000||Bike||CCS||Practice||Riding a 600cc Kawasaki, Tatro crashed into the outside retaining wall on the high bank off turn four. A short time later, the 22-year-old amateur rider died of head injuries and multiple trauma at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Earnhardt, DaleDale Earnhardt||February 18, 2001||Car||NASCAR||Daytona 500||Race||Going into the final turn, the rear of Earnhardt's Chevrolet Monte Carlo made contact with Sterling Marlin's front bumper, which caused Earnhardt to briefly slide towards the apron before shooting up the banking. His car was hit passengerside by an oncoming Ken Schrader so that the two cars were deflected towards the outside wall, which Earnhardt hit at a sharp angle. Their cars slid down the track, coming to a halt on the infield grass. Earnhardt died instantly, but wasn't pronounced dead until his arrival at Halifax Medical Center, killed by a basilar skull fracture.|||
|Piz, DirkDirk Piz||March 11, 2001||Bike||AMA||Buell Pro Thunder Sprint||Race||Entering the bus stop chicane, Piz's Ducati 748 collided with Kiyoshige Watanabe's crashed bike, was lifted up, and sent Piz into the tire barrier to his right. The 45-year-old privateer was pronounced dead of internal injuries at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Stratton, StuartStuart Stratton||October 19, 2001||Bike||CCS||GTO||Pre-race||Practicing a start on his Yamaha YZF-R6 on pit road, Stratton hit and hurt an official, and veered into the wall. The 35-year-old rider was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Davis Jr., MichaelMichael Davis Jr.||December 30, 2001||Kart||WKA||Dunlop Tire National Road Racing||Race||Davis, a 17-year-old go-kart racer, was either killed by suddenly veering sideways and hitting a wall on the infield road course or by being bumped from behind and thrown from his Yamaha Sportsman Lite vehicle in Turn 4.|||
|Cassell Jr., BryanBryan Cassell Jr.||October 18, 2003||Bike||CCS/FUSA||Fall Cycle Scene race||Practice||Slowing down at the exit of Turn Four, Cassell's Lightweight/ThunderBike Ducati was rammed and run over by Jeff Tatham, who couldn't evade him. The 28-year-old rookie was pronounced dead at Halifax Medical Center.|||
|Weaver III (Marshal), RoyRoy Weaver III (Marshal)||February 8, 2004||Car||IPOWERacing||IPOWER Dash 150||Race||Weaver was picking up debris on Turn 2 during a caution period when he was struck by Ray Paprota's Dash Series Pontiac Sunfire. Once Paprota spotted the track worker, he hit his brakes, but went into a lateral slide and caught Weaver with the rear of the passenger side. The 44-year-old supervisor of track crews was killed instantly. His death was ruled an accident by the Daytona Beach Police Department.|||
|Boswell, RobertRobert Boswell||February 3, 2008||Car||Richard Petty Driving Experience||Racing school||Boswell, slumped over the steering wheel and driving erratically, skidded down the Turn 2 embankment and hit a retaining wall. A medical examiner found that the 60-year-old man had suffered a heart attack.|||
|Burgess, AlanAlan Burgess||August 9, 2009||Car||SCCA||Central Florida meet — Daytona Double SARRC||Race||Burgess managed to drive his flaming GT-2 Porsche 944 into the pits, but by the time the fire was extinguished the 54-year-old facilities director had sustained severe burns, succumbing at an Orlando hospital 15 days later.|||
|Desy, EricEric Desy||October 17, 2013||Bike||Team Hammer Advanced Riding School||Racing school||After Shaw, a 65-year-old driving school instructor, and Desy, his 45-year-old student, had collided on an oval turn, they were admitted to Halifax Health hospital where they succumbed to their injuries on the same day.|||
|Shaw, RickRick Shaw|
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