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Old 1 Mar 2002, 19:26 (Ref:225300)   #1
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Jeff Clinton of Archangel killed

From www.dailysportscar.com

Very Bad News From Homestead
Friday 1 March


Greg Aleck passes on the terrible news that, all unofficial at the moment, a driver of the #21 Archangel Lola was killed at Homestead this afternoon. Jeff Tillman and Jeff Clinton were entered in this car.

It has been confirmed - it was Jeff Clinton in the car.

The Lola apparently spun approaching Turn 1, went backwards, lifted off and landed upside down in the gravel trap.

Sincere condolences to Michael Johnson, the whole Archangel team, and of course to Jeff Clinton's family and friends.
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Old 1 Mar 2002, 19:32 (Ref:225308)   #2
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Terrible news. I extend my own condolences as well.
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Old 2 Mar 2002, 01:07 (Ref:225553)   #4
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Jeff Clinton, 38, lost control and spun his SRPII class Lola-Nissan B2K/40 open-top prototype in Turn One on the Florida oval, which is being used in conjunction with the road course for the Grand-Am event. The car went backwards into the outside wall, before it became airborn and barrel-rolled into a gravel trap

Amatuer racer Clinton, a father of two from St.Louis, began his motorsport career in 1986. In 2000 he won the SCCA Sports 2000 championship, before he moved up into Grand-Am with Archangel last year, finishing second in class at Phoenix.

source: www.autosport.com
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Old 2 Mar 2002, 03:26 (Ref:225603)   #5
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Ovals will kill you. Very, very sad.
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I have not quite worked out whether he was on the oval or the road course. Which ever way it is, its very sad.
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Old 2 Mar 2002, 16:03 (Ref:225884)   #7
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This is very sad news. It has to cast a pall over the whole weekend, Liz.

Of course it made it into the Boston Globe as it was racing news that involved a fatality.
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We got a picture of the car coming back on the breakdown truck, and one of the mechanics overcome with emotion....

He went off at a corner called the NASCAR/IRL turn, which led me to believe it was on the oval, but I am not familiar with the Homestead road track.

Incidentally, the AP article refers to Grand Am as "A Lower Level Racing Series".
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Race Track Fatality

MIAMI, Fla. (March 01, 2002) -- The Rolex Sports Car Series held practice sessions at Homestead-Miami Speedway today for Saturday's Nextel 250. A fatality occurred during the second practice session, and track officials issued the following statement:

"Grand American Road Racing driver Jeff Clinton, age 38 from St. Louis, Mo., suffered fatal injuries in a single-car accident during Friday's practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The SportsRacing Prototype II car lost control entering turn one of the road course resulting in the fatal accident. There will be a further investigation by the Grand American Road Racing Association and Miami-Dade County officials."

Clinton was a driver in the #21 Budweiser/GreyEagle.com Nissan-powered Lola of Archangel Motorsport Services. The team officially withdrew its second entry, the #22 711.tv Nissan Lola, from the race.

Qualifying for the Nextel 250 was canceled, and the field will be gridded by points, in accordance with the Grand American Rulebook.

Taken from http://www.grand-am.com/news2.cfm?id=43
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Old 2 Mar 2002, 21:49 (Ref:226157)   #10
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So it was on the road course as I thought it was.

I remember one of the Zakspeed Porsche cars flipping/rolling over during the 1998 FIA GT meeting. Seems cars flip over easily at Homestead. Maybe they should try and do something to stop it.
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 01:04 (Ref:226268)   #11
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I'd say not racing at Homested, but that's just me.

Stupid International Speedway Corp.
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So much conjecture regarding the fault yet no one knows the facts nor seems to want to make the effort to find them.

Where on the track did it occur? So much conjecture but no one took the time to go to the site and look at the map. So much for blaming the roval. http://www.grand-am.com/tracks/hms_nu.html

Why is everyone so eager to find fault? Racing is dangerous, allways has been, and to be what it should be, always will. High speeds and sudden stops do not agree with the human body. No one should get hurt? Easily done....we can have driverless cars that are radio controlled. Is that what we want?

Stop with the liability **** and get on with it or find something more tame.....
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Like the ESPN page that said they didn't know if he was wearing a helmet restraint.
Like it would have helped.
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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by Liz

"Ovals will kill you."


An absolute total misrepresentation of the facts.

The guy is killed on a road course, in the infield, but all we get from our "press official" is "ovals will kill you."

The accident happened on the road course's first turn, not the oval. Any excuse to take a cheap shot at oval racing, right?

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Ovals will kill you. Very, very sad.
And Road Courses, very sad indeed
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