As the driver of the Fox bodied Mustang shows in this video from Bangshift, sometimes regaining traction is even worse than losing it, especially when your car isn’t pointed where you want it to go. The impact from the V8 Vega is massive, and the resulting fire is pretty puckering stuff. As bad as it is to be in a wrecked race car, it’s even worse to be in a flaming, wrecked race car.
Financial considerations aside, this story has a happy ending. Both drivers escaped serious injury, a testament to well built roll cages and stout racing harnesses.