steve petry wrote:
The seat of the 13 car is more of a concern (specifically the area that contains the helmet of a driver) than the stop (torsion).
The torsion stop may have caused the car to change direction but it was secondary as to what really happened.
From where I sat in the stands, it appeared
that when the car came to rest, Jason was slumped over, with his head down around where his left knee should have been. Or at least that's where it appeared that his helmet was, whether or not his helmet was still on his head - IIRC, he had a dark driver's suit, so the rest was hard to make out as far as what part of his body was where within the cockpit.
I might have not been perceiving what I was seeing correctly, and I could be mistaken, but that's what it looked like to me. I have not yet read or heard any reports mentioning any sort of failure of his safety harness, or the entire seat coming loose, or his helmet coming completely off, but those are the only things I can think of that would match up to what I think I saw.
Of course, once the safety crew came over and started working, my view was blocked, but if I saw what I think I saw (and I was only about 20 feet away), then yes, something was seriously wrong besides the torsion bar failure that caused the accident. I'm no expert, but it appeared that if the safety equipment had functioned correctly, or been fastened correctly, or whatever, the actual impact might have been survivable.
But as I said, I've not seen any account that even mentioned
what I believe that I saw when that car came to a stop. I'm not sure it that's because I'm mistaken (and I admit that I might be) or because there are aspects of the accident that nobody has talked about publicly.
Again, because I can't emphasize it enough, I'm saying what I think I saw - I could be mistaken, but what I think I saw haunts me. I'd actually be glad if somebody could explain that I'm mistaken, because it would take away some unanswered questions.