Furniture Row Racing transporter severely damaged in crash
The Furniture Row Racing team transporter and a team motor home have been severely damaged in a crash near the NASCAR Sprint Cup team headquarters in Denver, Colo.
"(The accident) hurt everything we had," team general manager Joe Garone said. "We can’t even get in the trailer. The back door is so damaged you can’t get into it."
According to several local media outlets, 12 people were injured in the 34-car pileup Monday morning near Larkspur, Colo. The pileup happened on northbound Interstate 25 at around 8:45 a.m.
Four semis were involved in the accident. All injuries in the crash were non-life threatening, according to published reports.
The Furniture Row team transporter and motor home were returning to the organization’s home shop following Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway when they ended up in the middle of the crash.
Garone said the hauler did have the group's Phoenix cars in it. The team, with driver Regan Smith, is competing in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday.
To get there, it's getting a little help from Richard Childress Racing.
"(RCR) immediately stepped up and said they had a race transporter ready to go and they are going to meet our test transporter at Homestead and we’ll swap our cars into their haulers and race out of their hauler with their equipment," Garone said.
That type of reaction illustrates how close-knit the NASCAR community is, especially when someone is dealt a setback.
"It goes to show you how these guys are out there beating, banging and shaking their fists at each other and pushing each other in the chest, but I’m telling you that you won’t find a group that competes against each other any harder than these NASCAR teams do, but you also won’t find anybody that will rally around a team, organization or individual if they are in need or in trouble," NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds said.
Garone was obviously happy that there were no serious injuries in the crash — and quickly applauded the efforts of another one of the team's driver's.
"The real hero of the story in our little group was Gary Miller, our coach driver, was following right behind the truck," Garone said. "He had a split-second decision to make of either running into the back of our truck, which was just about stopped, or running over cars. He chose to run head on into the back of our hauler. When you saw the coach, you’re like, 'I can’t believe he did that.'
"It certainly could’ve saved a lot of lives as he took a chance with his own there. That was an impressive thing."
Garone says Miller is "bruised up" but OK after the incident.