AVONDALE, Ariz. — In the aftermath of Juan Pablo Montoya’s collision with a jet dryer during Monday night’s Daytona 500, NASCAR told drivers Sunday at Phoenix that, from now on, an extra caution car with lights flashing will trail jet dryers to remind drivers to slow down when approaching track service vehicles.
Under caution, Montoya spun entering Turn 3 at Daytona when a truck arm (rear suspension part) broke on his No. 42 Chevrolet. The dryer, which holds approximately 200 gallons of jet fuel, exploded and ignited Montoya’s car. Both drivers escaped without harm.