Chaos central: On-boards from Mid-Ohio USF2000 start crash


Race 3 of the USF2000 National Championship weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course started off with a humdinger of an accident. There were 11 cars in the 28-car field that got caught up in it.

Here’s a handful of on-board videos describing the chaos. We’ll start with Matt McMurry, son of sometimes American Le Mans Series racer Chris, who drives the No. 14 Belardi Auto Racing entry. McMurry’s on-board is mounted on the right side of his rollhoop, just to the right of his cockpit. McMurry’s video does a great job of breaking down the play-by-play of the accident. The link is below.

Next up is Edmonton native Stefan Rzadzinski, who has experience in all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and drives the No. 93 car for JDC Motorsports. “Rzad,” as he’s known, said on Twitter that his way of carving through the mess was his “channeling his inner Pavel Datsyuk.” Or, as he calls it, “Racing Dangles.” Anyway, the first part of his video is an on-board, and teammate Arthur Oliviera in the No. 12 JDC car, several rows behind, has a front row seat to Rzadzinski’s avoidance maneuver.

Someone who made it through the mess but not without seeing some things you rarely do in a race car was Brandon Newey, son of Bryan Herta Autosport team co-owner Steve Newey. The younger Newey, in the No. 98 Afterburner Autosport entry, has another car, Dalton Kellett, actually facing him head-on (main picture).

Last but not least was poor Tim Paul, in the No. 6 ArmsUp Motorsports/SMR entry… who as far as we know at this point is the main on-board that didn’t make it through the accident.

There may be more to come but this is a good sampling of the views these young drivers had to see for their race this past weekend.