Police: Direction of cars was factor in fatal accident at Disney Speedway

A Google Earth shot showing the area where April's accident occured and the direction of travel for the Exotic Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway.
A Google Earth shot showing the area where April's accident occured and the direction of travel for the Exotic Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway.
A Google Earth shot showing the area where April’s accident occured and the direction of travel for the Exotic Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Thursday that the way the cars were run at the Exotic Driving Experience at the Walt Disney World Speedway contributed to a fatal accident in April.  Driving instructor Gary Terry was killed when the driver of the Lamborghini, 24-year-old Tavon Watson of Kissimmee Florida, lost control of the exotic sports car and crashed into the end of a guardrail. According to the FHP report, the guardrail shot 4 feet into the car, striking Terry’s torso.

The Lamborghini was traveling 102 mph when it slid into the exposed guardrail. Terry was killed instantly.  The Richard Petty Driving Experience is a chain  operated by Petty Holdings where fans can drive NASCAR style racecars or ride shotgun at speeds up to 165 mph. Four years ago, Petty Holdings introduced the Exotic-Car experience, where people can drive Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches.

The Walt Disney operation opened in 1997 at the 1-mile tri-oval speedway just south of the Magic Kingdom parking lot. MORE>>>

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