Of all the things one hopes won't happen in a race car, losing a right rear tire at 180 mph on the high banks at Daytona is likely at the top of the list. That's exactly what happened to Dr. Jim Norman in his Porsche 911 recently. The pirouettes that resulted are the stuff of legend. Norman received a front-row seat to his machine's nose and tail swapping places at least four times before coming to a stop facing the correct direction down pit lane. Miraculously, neither Norman nor his vehicle were seriously hurt in the dust-up.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, no one collected Norman as he went all Tasmanian devil on the road course. Another 911 directly behind Norman's managed to avoid the spinning piece of German engineering, though that whole lift-off oversteer thing caused that vehicle to do its best impression of a tornado as well. Hit the jump to see both videos for yourself.





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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imagine that instead of NASCAR stockers, there was a field of 911's running in a tight pack on Daytona. One of them blows a tire, and you get a whole field of ballerinas on wheels doing perfectly synchronized pirouettes. Would be quite the show.
        Shane Gardner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Yeah...no
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        The IROC series' first ever car they used was the Carrera RS from the 70s. So they did run around the Daytona oval at one time. It's the only non-American made car to ever be used in IROC. The other 4 were the Camaro, Dodge Daytona, Dodge Avenger, and Firebird T/A.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        The IROC series' first ever car they used was the Carrera RS from the 70s. So they did run around the Daytona oval at one time. It's the only non-American made car to ever be used in IROC. The other 4 were the Camaro, Dodge Daytona, Dodge Avenger, and Firebird T/A.
      BrandonF_XXX
      • 3 Years Ago
      He must be so dizzy.
      Tweak589
      • 3 Years Ago
      DAYTONNNAAAAAAAAAA
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lucky SOB
      Kelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would need to change my racing suit after that!
      Philip Gray
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this guy did everything right then what was he so lucky not to hit the wall, not taking the car out of gear and steering the car into the skid after the start the the 360's? I see him steer into the skid at the start but after the 360 when the rear is in front of the front wheels and the car is continuing you need to steer the other way. I realize that when something like that happens your brain may take a dump and goes off track but that doesn't mean you need to! This person obviously does not have the skill set to be at Daytona and lucky his car didn't leave marks on the wall.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Philip Gray
        Obviously you don't know how to drive on the banked parts of Daytona. Countersteering on the tri-oval part of the track would send you right into the outside wall. Steering into the spin would make him spin AWAY from the wall.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Wai
        • 3 Years Ago
        Watch the footwork.. sooo calm and in control
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow - everybody did everything exactly right and walked away. (Is that his left leg shaking after he stops?) I think I might be changing my tire brand after that.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should you stomp the clutch before you come to a stop?
      Danny
      • 3 Years Ago
      I noticed his leg is shaking in the last part of the video.....
      Alter Ego Racing
      • 3 Years Ago
      The yellow and purple car is a 1969 Porsche 911 Vintage race car.
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow ! Glad nobody got hurt and no vehicles suffered too much damage.
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