This Could've Been a Lot Worse

Brake failure at a LeMons race led to one of the closest calls we've ever seen.

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At a LeMons race held last weekend at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut, a driver pulled off the one of the closest thread-the-needle maneuvers we've ever seen. The driver of the #410 Acura Integra experienced complete brake failure on the front straight at around 100 mph, forcing him to shoot across the track, just barely missing a crash in traffic. He then went on to the grass, blasted through a tire wall, and crashed into the armco. This could have been a much different situation.

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According to , Fritz Dahlin, the driver, Harry Collins, walked away unharmed and was back at work Monday. That's thanks to quick thinking, a lot of luck, a good roll cage, and a proper head restraint system.

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As for what caused the brake failure? Dahlin isn't sure, according to his post:

When the car was brought back to our paddock, it had a good pedal. We jacked it up, removed the wheels and each caliper was working. There were no brake fluid leaks anywhere. When we unloaded this morning the brakes worked fine. We are baffled.

Dahlin doesn't blame Collins, calling him a great teammate and saying "I would recommend him to anyone looking for a driver." This seems like a flukey mechanical failure, not driver error, and Collins' quick thinking likely prevented a serious multi-car crash.

We've reached out to Dahlin and the organizers of LeMons for more info. We're glad to hear Collins walked away unharmed. This could've gone a lot worse for everyone involved.

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