Drag radial standout Daniel Pharris took one of the wildest rides in the annals of radial tire racing on Saturday evening during the semifinal round of Radial vs The World at the Radial Revenge Tour season opener in Tulsa, Oklahoma when his Andrew Alepa-owned Corvette took flight, nearly blowing over in a scene so reminiscent of other recent incidents in the radial venue.
Pharris was racing alongside Brandon Pesz in Keith Haneys’ nitrous-fed Camaro — which grabbed a little air of its own right out of the gate — when the nose of the beautiful C7 Corvette lifted at around the 250-foot mark and quickly went vertical, catching air under its bodywork and leaving the racing surface, sailing some 300-feet through the air before crashing back to earth near the finish stripe.
With Pharris merely a passenger, it would seem the car shedding the carbon fiber front end — a brand new piece just built for the car following an unfortunate fire at Lights Out 8 in February — played a key role in the car losing altitude rather than continuing its up-and-over trajectory.
“Well as most saw, I took flight like I was headed to the Bahamas; unfortunately not though. Things like that aren’t supposed to happen everyday but unfortunately sometimes do. I did everything I could to catch it before it got out of hand but missed it. These things aren’t like driving miss daisy to the grocery store — more like riding a bull. You have to be prepared for anything with 4000-plus horsepower,” Pharris says.
“The car isn’t as bad as what it looks and will be fixed just as quick as it was after the fire. I’d first and foremost like to thank Andrew and Kim Alepa for building literally the strongest and safest car on the planet and trusting me with their pride and joy. A huge thanks to the team on the car: Chase, Josh, Drew, Tyler for everything, as well. Also thank you to the entire Tulsa Raceway Park staff for being right there literally before I came to a stop; that’s just awesome. Also thanks to my friends and racing family that were there firsthand for checking on me and doing anything they can to help. I’m perfectly fine, only a little sore and ready to get back at it. The ‘Vette will be back fast as ever and ready to hurt feelings soon.”
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