ARCA driver Will Kimmel was lucky to be alive after his car flew over a concrete wall, flipping into a parking lot before striking at least one parked car at Mobile International Speedway.
The 26-year-old nephew of ARCA veteran Frank Kimmel said his throttle got stuck on his No. 69 car causing the out-of-control crash early in the Mobile 200 on Saturday.
Because there are no outside walls around the slightly banked track, there was nothing to stop Kimmel's car as it drove off the half-mile track on the ninth lap.
Kimmel's car rolled at least once before coming to a halt on a truck's hitch in the spectator's parking lot.
Kimmel later posted a photograph he took with the truck driver to Facebook.
This is Johnny Charles Jr. The @willkimmel car made contact with just the trailer hitch on his truck #ARCAMobile200 pic.twitter.com/4I1Pthhk6N
— Matthew Bishop (@MBishopPhotos) March 14, 2015
He said in an post-crash video interview with Popular Speed's Matt Weaver, "Unfortunately for us the throttle hung, something we always check for, so it was just a freak accident."
Later, Kimmel accessed the damage and thanked his lucky stars: