Race Car Plunges Off Colorado Mountain

Aug 14, 2012 1:21pm

The second-oldest motor sports race in the country was stopped in its tracks Sunday when one of the cars spun out of control and plummeted down the side of a mountain.

Driver Jeremy Foley and his co-driver, Yuri Kouznetsov, were headed into a turn at mile 16 during the 90th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb near Colorado Springs, Colo.,  when they lost control of their Mitsubishi Evolution 8, according to ABC affiliate KMGH.

Video posted to YouTube shows the car careering off the side of the mountain and flipping over at least eight times, sending the car’s panels and parts flying, before coming to a stop.

Both Foley and Kouznetsov walked away from the wreck.  Kouznetsov reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder, while Foley had  no broken bones, according to reports.

Foley later sent fans a message on Facebook, saying, “Yuri and I are OK. A little beaten up but nothing major.  Thank you so much to everyone for the kindness and support! What a wonderful feeling to feel so loved!”

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb  is a notoriously dangerous 12.42 mile race to the summit of Pikes Peak, a 14,000-foot mountain in the Rockies.

Foley’s crash occurred in the same corner, known as  Devil’s Playground,  where driver Bobby Regester wrecked his car in June of last year, according to Top Gear.

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