When Daniel Miocevich strapped into the Aftershock jet dragster at the Perth Motorplex recently he was not expecting the car to live up to its name, literally. Miocevich was on a normal and speedy looking run when the car pushed itself toward the center line and then rocketed across the track, in front of his opponent, and into the wall. The car, with the business end of the turbine engine glowing red hit the wall, skid on top of it, and then ultimately flop over on to the other side before coming to a stop in the grass.
Incredibly, after a second or two likely gathering himself, Miocevich hops out of the car as if he is on the return road after a successful rip. He was reportedly fine at the scene although we have to imagine that he was pretty banged up in the coming days.
There has been nothing released (that we could find) putting a pinpoint on the cause of the crash. Obviously, the integrity of the tail cone of the jet engine is paramount to the car’s success. If they split, fail, or become compromised in any way, the cars are unguided missiles. They will lift up into the air, get blown sideways, etc. We do not know if there was a problem in that area with this car but we do know that the chassis builder totally did their job and the car did its primary work to protect the guy driving it.
Adding a wild twist, this was the anniversary of Daniel Miocevich’s father’s passing in 2015. His dad was a guy who was involved in the design of the race track. An odd and kind of creepy coincidence.