Brad Keselowski says he’s okay after wicked crash during testing at Watkins Glen (Video)

(Twitter)
(Twitter)
(Twitter)

Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski appears to have avoided injury after a hard crash that destroyed his racecar on the road course at Watkins Glen International Tuesday.

Keselowski is among several drivers taking part in a test of the newly paved road course ahead of the August 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  The early afternoon accident happened entering turn 1. The driver had earlier said he would be doing a live Facebook session during a break. Shortly after however he tweeted a picture of his destroyed racecar and said he would not be doing Facebook live sorry.

NASCAR Sirius XM Radio reported that Keselowski climbed out of the car under his own power. The driver was checked and released at the infield care center. He then tweeted that his car lost brakes shortly after running his fastest lap.


Tuesday was not the first time the 2012 NASCAR champion has had a hard crash during testing. In August of 2011Keselwoski crashed during a test at Road Atlanta. He suffered swollen ankles, and withdrew from the Xfinity race at Iowa later that same week, but did race in the Sprint Cup event at Pocono. Like Tuesday’s crash, in the Road Atlanta crash Keselowski lost the brakes on the car, and like the Road Atlanta crash,where he crashed at Watkins Glen Tuesday is lined with tires and not a SAFER barrier.  The team later rolled out a backup car to continue testing.

Brad Keselowski crashed during a test at Road Atlanta in August of 2011 (Twitter)
Brad Keselowski crashed during a test at Road Atlanta in August of 2011 (Twitter)

“Just the pedal went to the floor,” Keselowski  told NASCAR.com. “It means that you’ve lost brakes on one of the corners. At a track like this, you’re already on the edge. You don’t have any room or margin for something to fail. That’s the way it is.”

Keselowski has four victories this season, his most recent coming at Kentucky Speedway on July 10. The Sprint Cup series races at Pocono Raceway this Sunday.

Keselowski later tweeted an in-car video of the crash. Followed by a tweet showing his bent steering wheel.

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