Video: Massive Spec Miata Crash at Watkins Glen!

The beauty of Spec Miata is that it gives mere mortals a chance to dice wheel-to-wheel in cars that are both economical and thrilling to drive. It’s the competition that draws the crowds though, and when contenders in the Spec Miata series are qualifying within tenths of one another, it’s always a matter of time before some pushing and shoving happens. It’s called “Spec Piñata” for a reason, after all.

As Danny Steyn follows the tail of the NB Miata ahead, the low sightlines of the MX-5, as well as the close competition, force him to look just at what’s happening in the first thirty feet ahead of him, and it’s tough to apportion blame. Seeing as how aggressively he’s chopped at 00:56, his eyes must be on stalks, but his attention totally dedicated to avoiding any unnecessary contact.

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Low weight can, unfortunately, make these sort of incidents possible.

The lack of power in a Spec Miata forces drivers to defend their positions quite aggressively, though some tend to take it a bit too far. Nevertheless, the series has a certain reputation, and guys going into it expect a little body damage here and there – it’s just the nature of the beast.

However, it’s always frustrating to get involved in an incident which one has nothing to do with, but such is life in the rough-and-tumble world of Spec Miata. As a racer ahead drops a wheel and spins off in the dirt, unseen by Danny, the blue NB ahead panic brakes, upsets the rear and kisses the spinner in front, only to reveal a perpendicular car and give Danny a first-row seat to the inevitable crash between the two. With just a second to respond, there was nothing he could do, though somehow, he emerged without much vehicle damage.

Hopefully now, the Miata’s detractors will quit calling it a wimp’s car.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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