NEWRY, Maine — The racing is hot at the New England Forest Rally. Sometimes it’s too hot.
Officials say Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino escaped unharmed after their rally car rolled twice and crashed into flames. Block’s helmet camera, posted on social media, shows the car hitting a large rock on a corner, rolling several times and bursting into flames.
Rally racing involves a driver and navigator speeding along twisty dirt roads at speeds topping 80 mph. Karl Stone, marketing manager for the rally, said crashes are not uncommon.
The 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth was gutted by the flames on Friday, the first day of the event. Block, the driver, called it “torturous” to have to watch his vintage racer burn. He said he’s committed to getting another one.
Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter
The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.
Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.