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Old Wed, Oct-17-2018, 10:27:46 PM   #1
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Default Corner worker killed at Laguna Seca at track day 10/16

Tragic occurrence yesterday at Laguna Seca. Here is the memo a friend just sent me:


As many of you will by now have heard, there was a serious incident on track at our event yesterday at Laguna Seca that resulted in the fatality of a corner worker.

From those who witnessed the incident, we have gathered that a major oil spill right at the braking zone for the corkscrew prompted a corner worker to leave his post to alert following cars of the incident. Unfortunately the next cars to approach did hit the oil and lose control, with one of them striking the corner worker.

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A Porsche Turbo laid down the oil approaching the Corkscrew. A little behind was a McLaren which made it through ok. Then a GT3 came thru and lost it and struck the barrier. Apparently the corner worker left his station to try to move towards turn 7 to warn oncoming drivers of the hazard sooner and was struck by a GT3 RS which lost control in the oil. It was the "A" Gp and the first session after lunch.
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Default Re: Corner worker killed at Laguna Seca at track day 10/16

Same, heard about this. Real tragedy. Corner workers to my knowledge are largely volunteers there to guarantee our safety and they should not be the ones paying the price for the risks that we're taking out on the track. I was so saddened by this news.

I heard they're putting together a fund to help the family, I encourage our community to find it in the goodness of our collective hearts to help the family out in even the smallest way that we can in this undoubtedly trying time for them.

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I found the discussion thread and donation link on Rennlist, admins I apologize if this isn't allowed and please delete or notify me to delete, but for anyone who would like to donate here it is:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token...US&locale.x=US

And here is the news story.

https://www.kion546.com/news/employe...seca/807392226
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I found the discussion thread and donation link on Rennlist, admins I apologize if this isn't allowed and please delete or notify me to delete, but for anyone who would like to donate here it is:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token...US&locale.x=US

And here is the news story.

https://www.kion546.com/news/employe...seca/807392226



Awesome. Thanks for that!
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Awesome. Thanks for that!
No problem, I'm glad you brought it to this forum's attention too. Although there's healthy discussion about it on Rennlist, its something relevant to any track day driver and organizer in the world, and deserves attention.

There are allegations floating around that the driver was notified of a minor oil leak prior to his getting back on track. Track day drivers, please tech inspect your cars prior to each track day, don't just lazily sign off on the form. And please, even if a issue seems minor, just call it a day and go home it's just not worth the gamble. Even if you're just a daily driver, please don't neglect basic maintenance, you never know when something might go very wrong at the worst moment. Some very important lessons to be learned from this tragedy.
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So sad. RIP
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Default Re: Corner worker killed at Laguna Seca at track day 10/16

This was actually a couple days ago with exclusive track days. Sucks what happened.
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Default Re: Corner worker killed at Laguna Seca at track day 10/16

Thatís very sad. I always try to show my appreciation to the corner workers. Itís not a very pleasant job. But because of them, they allows us to be out there on track enjoying our cars.


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There are allegations floating around that the driver was notified of a minor oil leak prior to his getting back on track. Track day drivers, please tech inspect your cars prior to each track day, don't just lazily sign off on the form. And please, even if a issue seems minor, just call it a day and go home it's just not worth the gamble. Even if you're just a daily driver, please don't neglect basic maintenance, you never know when something might go very wrong at the worst moment. Some very important lessons to be learned from this tragedy.

Tragic incident. Corner workers are usually paid but itís by no means a lucrative amount.

IMO, the tech inspection system doesnít work. Itís only as good as the effort put into it and there is minimal enforcement.


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Default Re: Corner worker killed at Laguna Seca at track day 10/16

Tragic.

Tech inspections seem to be a joke these days with event organizers (speedsf, track masters, etc), where the driver just ticks all the boxes "no problems", without inspecting/knowing anything.

When I used to run with bmwcca (over 10 years ago), they used to have tech inspectors check around the car before events for noticeable leaks, pop the hood, check fluids, noticeable issues, loose objects, loose bushings, to the extent they could. Sure it took longer to get out and have fun, but you felt like there was some level of safety net.

That said it's hard to predict when a hose might pop and x fluid spews everywhere, especially on newer cars.

Very sad to see this happen.

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