A driver was left bewildered, but thankfully unhurt, when his Chevrolet racing car exploded without warning during a recent Nascar Xfinity Series race.
Derrike Cope was coasting through the 'bus stop' section of Saturday's race with 23 of 82 laps remaining, when something under the bonnet exploded. This caused the front of the car to buckle and sent smoke pouring from the engine.
The 57-year-old driver was lucky to escape the incident, at New York's Watkins Glen International racetrack uninjured.
"In my 35 years of racing, I've never experienced anything like that," he commented after being evaluated at the on-site medical facilities. "It blew up in my face."
Due to the unfortunate explosion, Cope finished the race in 31st place, out of 40 drivers.
According to a spokesperson for the series, his car will be examined by the Nascar sanctioning body at its research and development center in Concord, North Carolina.