As two cars sped down the track during a qualifying round of the 2012 NHRA Funny Car championships, spectators stood in shock as one of the cars exploded.
During his first qualifying session on Thursday, Jack Beckman was nearing the finish line in first place when his car exploded, sending car parts high into the air in every direction. As his car continues down the track, Beckman and what remained of the driver compartment, was engulfed in flames. After finally coming to a stop, Beckman exited his car, seemingly unhurt, and waves to the crowd.
Despite the harrowing ordeal, the ever calm Beckman remained casual about the whole event, telling The Sun:
"If anybody doesn't need a left eyebrow, I can use it."
Beckman continued by saying:
"I've never had that happen to me, and I don't plan on repeating it. I went for the chutes, but the lever went out with the body. I'm just glad it didn't hurt the chassis."
According to an Examiner report, Beckman continued in the competition, going into Sunday's final with a two point lead over teammate Ron Capps. After Capps lost his semi-final round race against Courtney Force, the championship went to Beckman.
Shortly after being crowned the champion, a mere 3 days after having his car disintegrate around him in flames, Beckman told NHRA.com:
“I’m really not feeling anything right now. You think about this, and you dream about this. It’s going to take me a while to wrap my head around this."