Motorsports are dangerous, there's no doubt about it. Drivers, co-drivers and track personnel are well aware of the possibilities of serious injury or even death, but perhaps those watching from the stands should be more concerned with their safety as well. This point was driven home over the weekend when a female spectator was reportedly struck by a dislodged tire during the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler near Phoenix.
The woman, who has not yet been identified, was airlifted to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The wheel spun away from driver Antron Brown's Top Fuel dragster when it flipped on its right side and slid down the guard rail before bursting into flames. Brown was pulled from the wreckage and was apparently unharmed. A video of the crash can be seen after the break.via