Sixty-year-old John Pew went from leading the morning warmup session in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda-Ligier P2 car, to pushing a massive WeatherTech sign around the track early in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Pew was exiting the big turn at the top of the hill when he went wide, and as he rejoined the groove, he was speared by Katharine Legge in the DeltaWing, and both went into the grass. Where, unfortunately for Pew, there were a bunch of WeatherTech signs held down by sandbags. He hit one of the signs, and attempted to pull away, depositing a sandbag en route. The sign refused to budge, and when it finally did, it draped itself over the cockpit like a blanket. Pew eventually pulled off the track and waited for a safety truck to arrive, filled with sign-removal experts.
Interestingly, WeatherTech owner David MacNeil and his son, driver Cooper, weren't there to witness it: They got mad at IMSA a few weeks ago and took their cars to the Pirelli World Challenge series, which was racing in California, even though they have a multi-year contract to sponsor the IMSA series.