Driver killed at short track after her midget car struck a wall in New Jersey, the second fatality in a week.
According to The Inquisitr, The driver was identified as Amanda Gambacorto from Middletown, New Jersey who attended a clinic driving in the novice three-quarter midget racing program held at Wall Stadium Speedway. Her car hit the second turn wall after following another racer. No other vehicle was involved.
Gambacorto was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The Stony Brook Statesman reported that she was not racing but rather taking part in a clinic held by a company called Green Flag Driving Experience. Gambacorto was driving in a “novice three-quarter midget racing program” but added that Jones could not say whether Gambacorto was a novice driver.
After the driver was killed at the short track, Wall Stadium Speedway canceled Saturday night’s scheduled events but announced racing would take place as scheduled on Sunday. A message posted to the track’s website read:
“With heavy hearts we cancelled our racing events August 16, 2014. The event today, Sunday August 17, 2014, will take place rain or shine. Start time is 1:00 p.m.”
Natasha Hasanoeddin Gambacorto, identifying herself as Gambacorto’s aunt, posted the following message on Facebook:
“Amanda was my niece. Her family is beside themselves with grief. We can all spend countless hours trying to make some sort of sense out of this horrible tragedy but it seems that in situations such as this one there is no sense to be made and no answers to the question ‘why?’ All that there is are broken hearts, shattered dreams and a young life that ended way too soon. Please keep Amanda’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
According to Green Flag’s website, the three-quarter midgets “are small scale race cars with a very high power-to-weight ratio which use four-cylinder engines.” The cars could reach speeds greater than 90 mph on the 1/3-mile, 30-degree high-banked asphalt oval, per the track’s website. There are no reports of how fast Gambacorto’s car was going at the time of the accident.
The driver killed at the short track accident occurred one week to the day after 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by a car driven by NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart in an Empire Sprint Series race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. After the two tangled up and Ward’s car was sent into the wall, Ward left his car and walked onto the track, gesturing at Stewart as Stewart’s car passed by under caution. But a rear tire on Stewart’s car struck Ward, throwing him down the track and killing him.