There are plenty of dangers to contend with at a track day. High speeds, inexperienced drivers, faulty equipment and foul weather can all play havoc on an otherwise friendly fender-to-fender weekend. We can now add carbon monoxide poisoning to the list of potential threats.

One Finnish Toyota MR2 owner took his machine out for a quick sprint at Ahvenisto just outside of Hameenlinna. After a few minutes behind the wheel, the driver begins struggling to keep control of his car, eventually spinning into the infield. He maneuvers back on track and pulls off, and it isn't long before he blacks out entirely. Later, he would have no recollection of anything after the car hit the grass.

He stays unconscious for nearly 11 minutes before rescue workers resort to smashing his passenger window to gain access. By the time he receives medical attention, his blood was packed with 67 percent carbon monoxide. Any longer in the vehicle's cabin and the day very well could have been his last. Check out the scariness for yourself.


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      fragmit50
      • 2 Years Ago
      This happened to me once, where I passed out behind the wheel. I thought it was exhaust fumes, but it turned out it was just a side effect of driving a Camry.
      twofingersneak
      • 2 Years Ago
      two instances of idiocy here that i observed: 1) - don't lock your doors when you take your car out on trackday. if your car has automatic doorlocks, hit the unlock button when you get up to speed. if they keep locking, see if there is an on/off switch in the vehicle settings group. if there isn't a setting, take your car to someone with knowledge of your vehicle and have them install a power door locks bypass switch that makes them manual. don't give the emergency personnel any more hassle than they need to get into your vehicle so they can save your life. 2) - if you're ever volunteering at a trackday event, and you come across a vehicle inside the racetrack fence where the driver is not responsive...don't wait around talking with your chums knocking on the window a few hundred times. an unresponsive driver is ALWAYS a driver in an emergency situation - do whatever you need to do to get into the vehicle and assess the situation as soon as you possibly can. windows are cheap to replace.
        avconsumer2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @twofingersneak
        3) - if you "smell gas", don't downshift & hammer the accelerator to the floor. (& continue to leave the windows up)
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @twofingersneak
        Agree and according to video desc, he indeed had automatic locks.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      11 minutes????? Should have been like 30 seconds. If a car goes off the track and dosent respond, get him/her outta there!! OMG!!
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol - "I SMELL GAS!!" *downshift *hammer accelerator to the floorboard At least he was making car racing sounds while passed out. That's subconscious dedication right there.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      this guy is already a bad driver in my book 1 hand on steering wheel and other on shifter Is he also driving with windows up? that's a big No-No for the track in a street car
      • 2 Years Ago
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      PrintError
      • 2 Years Ago
      Strange. At every track day I've been to, windows down and doors unlocked has been absolutely mandatory. Not only would it have prevented the monoxide poisoning to start (at least to that severity), but it makes for a very easy rescue should the need arise. I'm not knocking the driver or anyone, just curious to see that a simple safety reg that I normally would take for granted, not be enforced in Finland.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, does he consider throwing his flashers on (3:25 mark), pulling about one car length off the track and sitting in his RUNNING car a perfectly normal and acceptable practice? He definitely did that consciously while saying how "scared" he was before taking his helmet and glasses off. The fogged up windows and t-tops alone would've been reason enough to put his windows down while sitting there idling. WTF?! Pretty sure I'm gonna get the old downvote thumb for this, but he just sounds like a Darwin Award candidate to me...
        NixiN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Dude, pure ignorance. Watch this and understand. http://youtu.be/UN3W4d-5RPo
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NixiN
          And? You're referring to oxygen deprivation over time. Watch this video again. Are you telling me that if you "smelled gas" during a track day, you'd continue to run and not pit immediately?! If so, you're just as retarded as this guy that chose to continue, endangering himself and everyone else on the track! Maybe you should take a spot in his passenger seat....
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Carbon monoxide poisoning causes confusion and difficulty in reasoning. It's likely that he wasn't actually "scared" so much as he wasn't thinking clearly, and that confusion was getting worse and he stopped really understanding what was going on at all. And that's before he pulled his car over.
        Samuel Mock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I don't see why you are getting so many down votes, because it's right. While I will say that him pulling off the track and just sitting there was due more in part to his growing confusion and increasing lack of body control from the C0 poisoning, you are right in saying he should have pitted when he started smelling gas. Seeing as how he pointed that out, I wouldn't think that was normal for his vehicle.. If something isn't right with my car at a track, my first thought would be to pit. (and before you all start saying its because of the C0 poisoning, this was FAR before he started feeling the effects of the C0) His windows should have been down or at least open, and the doors should definitely not have been locked... but you have to remember: while that is common practice here, it may not be there. But I mean, I used to drag race... my windows were always open and my doors always unlocked just in case something went wrong and I need to get out of the car quickly. Might just be me though.
      Get Squirly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every person I know who does track days drives with their windows down... I thought it was a pretty common thing. And why would you lock your doors? Even if you have auto-lock, you should know to leave them unlocked on a racetrack.
      johnnythemoney
      • 2 Years Ago
      the doors alarm at the end of the video is pretty scarring. Anyway, you have no brakes, but you keep driving on a track day. Not so smart. You smell gas in your car, and you don't stop to check why or you don't even bother to roll down the windows or even turning A/C on, if you check the roof panels they are completely misted, so he was still needing some fresh air gas or not. Then, you almost hit the wall. Finally you stop the car, right, but as scared as you are, you don't park decently, you don't turn it off and you don't take a walk or lay on the grass to put it back together. When did the poisoning started then?
        evilzibob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        Are you serious? CARBON MONOXIDE IS A TASTELESS ODORLESS GAS.... He was slowly being poisoned since the beginning of the video. Confusion and irrationality are the first signs of poisoning. He DID have brakes, but his brain is just like WTF to everything.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        Really glad to see that I'm not the only one here with the "Oh, that poor man!" tone to their comments! Haha!
        NixiN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        On the other hand, keeping the doors locked was not bright, also he drove like crap even before the smell started.
        NixiN
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        Called Hypoxia man, it lingers in. You don't feel it until its too late http://youtu.be/UN3W4d-5RPo
      Paul Maynard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a Marshal and i must say, these people here in this video really need alot of training, he was non responsive for so long and then when they got in the car, noone thought to turn it off, from the time you broke that glass they should have smelt exhaust
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