Autumnpuma, on Aug 7 2006, 08:42 PM, said:
It's so damned crazy! The track can afford to put up decent walls to prevent this sort of thing. This track is one of America's best and this problem shouldn't have happened.
I am also glad he's doing better. He should recover (knock on wood).
Note the date and time ... I am officially taking issue with Mike on this one ...
Uncontrolled deer are pests. Wisconsin has some of the most free bag limits in this country on deer, because they have a serious overpopulation problem. RA actually has a permanent license to shoot any and all deer found on the property, irregardless of season, bag limits, etc. RA and the state have taken driver safety there very seriously.
The track is surrounded by 8'+ safety fencing, which has been deemed more than enough to stop exploding car debris; unfortunately, 8' is nothing for a healthy adult deer.
What is odd (to me, anyway) is that the critter wasn't scared off by the noise. Alternately, he may have found a hole in the fence, or leapt it, tried to bed down, then been spooked by the noise.
From all I can find, RA did (and do) the best they can to keep the wildlife off of the track; this is that ever-popular act of $GENERIC_DIETY. Or, Lady Luck is a whore.
At least we can point out that safety standards as far as the car and driver equipment go have advanced in the last 30 years ... (Tom Pryce and Jansen Van Vuuren, anyone?) (I didn't see it mentioned in this thread, but I've heard reports of Cris' helmet being split, and the roll hoop (strongest part of the car) being torn off. Remember that an adult whitetail deer can get north of 200 pounds live weight ...
Here's to a speedy and complete recovery for "Shorty."