Racing drivers are a different breed of human. If the reward is worth it then any risk will be taken. This includes the risk of burning to death in a 500bhp+ fireball.
Australian racers Jason and John White raced their new Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale in the competition. It was a brand new car for the season and one they hadn't yet driven. As is the way with shiny new Italian race cars something went wrong. Firey wrong.