Driver John Truslove was giving this cool black Camaro a pretty good run up the course to the delight of the massive crowds at the event when he lost the handle on the car and put it face first into the huge hay bales that line the track. At virtually the same time another driver was having an incident with a Riley Daytona Prototype that saw him slide sideways off into the cabbage and into some of the mondo bales. Neither accident was enough to completely destroy the car involved but for the Camaro anyway, there’s some work to be done.
The Camaro is a neat piece in the fact that it was the car that Unser drove to the IROC series title in 1978 against some of the best drivers in the world from multiple disciplines. The series was really something back then with an all-star cast and a pretty busy schedule of races around the country. By the time the thing petered out in 2006 it had pretty much become a redundant NASCAR series with stock car racers winning every title for the final two decades of the IROC’s existence.
Banjo Matthews, the legendary chassis builder constructed the a run of IROC cars for the 1977 season and the same Camaros were used until 1980, being re-skinned each year with the appropriate sheet metal to keep the vehicles current. This very car was raced by Al Unser and Mario Andretti during its career. Pretty cool stuff! The owners of the car have already said that they’ll get ‘er fixed up and rolling stat.
PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE THE AL UNSER IROC CAMARO LITERALLY HIT THE HAY AND AS A BONUS A DAYTONA PROTOTYPE MOWS SOME GRASS AS WELL –