Michael Waltrip reacts to Daytona crash
NASCAR driver on evolution of race safety
- Duration 4:08
- Date Feb 24, 2013
NASCAR driver on evolution of race safety
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You can tell you this morning about the fiery crash -- yesterday feedback -- your reminder of dale earnhardt's deadly crash twelve years ago.
Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500 on that awful day and didn't even know his dear friend had passed and tell half an hour after that race -- -- this -- live from Daytona this morning standing by with Michael Waltrip.
Good morning -- Good morning M Michael Waltrip is here you've won this event two times but in 2001.
It was the year that you -- -- and Dale Earnhardt died.
When you see your race like this yesterday did you think about that time and and what does it make you think about how this board has evolved -- in terms of safety since then.
Well in 2001 rebels -- -- off.
Or race car drivers within a year and since then no fatalities on the track so.
NASCAR stepped up we've made changes -- the cars changes the facilities and raising as much safer yesterday just proves you hit it hard.
It's difficult to guard against everything.
There was a compromise of the -- straightaway bits and pieces and parts that in the grandstands and -- that's just simply can't happen in NASCAR will go to work and fix this problem.
We didn't see how that happened before yesterday but you -- -- -- car's charging toward the start finish line at 200 miles an hour.
And something goes wrong you learn a lot like this is like every year there is a big crash right toward the end I mean it's -- the that the final should turn although this was.
In what is kind of the straightaway but but it's about to happen there seems like it's gonna happen every time hungry you can taste victory at Daytona there's nowhere in motor sports.
Like Daytona winning the Daytona 500 winning anything in Daytona.
Can make your career.
I'm introduced to the two time Daytona 500 champion Iraq go and so people know all that and they want that checkered flag and they were fighting to get it.
And unfortunately I'm.
Terrible crash occurred and thankfully this morning everybody's been upgraded to stable condition and out of life threatening.
And that care and I'm looking forward to them being able to join the race today yet so true that you -- this morning six times which is amazing.
For somebody so young especially this year the regulation your car you your -- on the special with the -- tell us about it.
The folks in the Newtown Connecticut to have.
Have turned out -- -- party they're gonna watch their number 26 text.
New -- 80888.
Toyota Camry race in the Daytona 500 who went to the community couple weeks ago and told them what we're gonna do.
And the mayor of that small town told me that she saw people smiles yet it seems miles since December 14 out.
46 is our number and honor that point six victims that day.
And we're just gonna represent an honor to represent that community and hopefully have a lot of people text needs -- -- raise a lot of money.
And that number's going to be -- on the car as well with all the other.
This year's Daytona 500 obviously the big story is Danica hit it it brings a lot of eyes to this board I would imagine there's going to be more people watching this.
Race today than there have been -- prior years because you've got a woman running a pole position tell me about her chances and then give me any other people that you think have a good chance in this.
It's great that they had a -- on the -- like you -- casual viewers want to tune in and see how this girl's gonna do.
Danica as a risk taker how lovers spirit -- -- attitude.
He's got -- -- car on the front row and had her goal is to win the race into always seen out of practice -- -- be really competitive her car's fast he's been able to -- right in the draft.
So I think the question will be -- from viewers all across the world.
Can this girl hang in there and and yet she can't there's a couple of guys you gotta make favorites one -- which is Kevin Harvick he's won two preliminary races that he's been in this seat this.
This be weeks.
And others Kyle Busch he's always tough at places like this but watch for Greg Biffle biffle had a fast car ever since we've been -- -- -- got -- Victory Lane yet but he'll be solid today.
Sentimental favorite SPO number 26 that I'm driving for all the bugs in midtown and don't enjoy the race today moderates are where you are trying to -- champion yourself thanks -- -- -- -- joining us this morning in your insight doesn't affect you in the studio.
-- thanks so much -- live from Daytona this morning thank you so much today.