Cars go into the wall, into the grass, and even into each other. Erik Jones of the #20 car almost had a nasty wreck when his car lost a tire at speed, but he managed to save it—with a lurid, smoky drift at nearly 200 mph. Usually when a NASCAR racer loses a tire, bad stuff happens.
Jones was lapping Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the the Lilly Diabetes 250 when his right rear tire gave out heading into Turn 1 on Lap 49. The back started to come around, and in order to keep the car from slapping the wall, Jones went full-throttle to push the car down the track. Amid a huge cloud of tire smoke and plenty of steering angle, Jones saves himself from a disappointing DNF, controlling the spin to avoid hitting any walls or traffic.
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required to pull off this move are seriously impressive—especially at what the announcers say is nearly 200 mph. Watch for yourself as Jones unintentionally turns this NASCAR event into a Formula D competition.
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