Daytona International Speedway reaches settlements with 9 victims of 2013 wreck that sent debris into grandstands
May 2, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
Nine of the more than two dozen fans who were injured during the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23, 2013 have settled claims against the racetrack.
The Daytona Beach (Fla.) Journal reported Friday that no monetary terms would be announced by either the victims’ law firm, Morgan and Morgan, or International Speedway Corporation, which owns DIS.
“I can say that we have reached settlements with several claimants related to the incident, but as has been our practice throughout, we are not going to discuss any of the details,” ISC spokesman Lenny Santiago said, adding that it was “in the interest of the privacy of the fans involved.”
Morgan and Morgan attorney Andrew Felix told the Journal, “The parties have amicably resolved the matters.”
At least 28 fans were injured – with half that total requiring hospitalization afterward – when debris from an on-track, multi-car wreck flew into the grandstands in the final lap of the Drive4COPD 300 NNS race. The debris included shrapnel from the wrecked race cars, as well as at least one tire.
Kyle Larson, who is now a rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, was uninjured in the crash, even though his car was sheared in half and almost completely obliterated.
Several claims by other victims remain unresolved.
The Speedway has since extensively reinforced catch fencing and crossover gates in the area where the accident occurred, as well as other areas along the frontstretch.
DIS is currently undergoing a $400 million renovation, the largest and most expansive project since the track opened in 1959. The renovation is being done in phases and will not affect any upcoming races, including the Coke Zero 400 in early July.
The entire renovation project is expected to be completed prior to the 2016 Daytona 500.
After the crash, the Speedway improved the crossover gates which were identified as weak spots on the safety fence at the track.
A video of the wreck is below:
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