I don't know that a formula car driver would have survived.
I decided not to race that track anymore a few years ago, any off anywhere causes a lot of damage. Exit of almost every corner has a 6 or more inch drop off. Safety standards are stuck in the 1960s, ie none. lots of roll overs if you go off there.
guy was way off line 1 corner before the wreck and turned in to t8 too early hence running out of road when trying to square up for t9. going off in a formula car there one would stop well before the berm but perhaps on your head. willow is not a nice place to go off anywhere, but a good run thru the t7-t8-t9 complex is worth the risk.
That explains why he couldn't get back on the track, I couldn't figure out why he didn't just ease back on the track. 6 inch drop off would definitely make it difficult!
IMO he did make 2-3 very minor attempts to slightly guide the car back on to the track...fortunately once he realized that wasn't going to work he was experienced enough to resist giving too much steering input as it likely would have been much worse.
While I agree there are areas at Willow that are much worse to go off than I'd like...the outside of T8 isn't one of them. For what it's worth that lip is maybe 1 1/2" max there and that berm is at least 700' after he left the track.
Glad he is okay and glad I wasn't cruising to my paddock space on that access road.
from the orange wall after the tree off driver's left, to the wall, is more than 1,200 ft! I have to wonder if he was even braking.
I've gone off at 9 in a FC, looped it 3 times, probably stopped in less than 300 ft.
Marc Crocetti busted the center out of a wheel just after corner entry @ 9 and it left him parked right in the middle of the corner. He was pretty freaked out having to just sit there not knowing if people could adjust their line to get around.
The wheel and tire took off, hit the berm, cleared the wall, the road, and kept going. We found it 3/4 of the way to the road, probably more than 1000 ft from where it left the car.