Juan Pablo Montoya managed to escape with only a sore ankle following his fiery crash with a jet-dryer truck during Monday night’s postponed Daytona 500.
Montoya, who drives for Earnhardt Ganassi, lost control of his Chevrolet during the seventh caution of the race.
He then crashed into one of the wet track’s jet-dryer trucks, which being loaded with fuel immediately burst into flames.
His car then continued to slide before coming to rest on the grass, allowing him to escape. Fuel from the jet-dryer truck spilled on the track near Turn 3 and continued to burn into the night.
It’s not clear why Montoya lost control of his vehicle on a relatively straight patch of road though it may have been due to something on his No. 42 Chevrolet breaking. He later explained that his car had been behaving strangely before the crash, even at low speeds, and previously had his pit crew look over the car twice.
Matt Kenseth eventually won the race.
Stay tuned for our full 2012 Daytona 500 race results coming later today.