There are really only two possible outcomes when it comes to automobile racing. We're all familiar with the thrill of victory, but sometimes it's the agony of defeat that touches us most deeply. Take, for instance, the example of Nissan driver Satoshi Motoyama, one of thee pilots flinging the automaker's innovative DeltaWing around the track at Le Mans.

After being taken out by a Toyota prototype that was in the running for the overall victory, the DeltaWing was sent careening into the barrier. According to race rules, if the pit crew or race officials were allowed access to the car, its race would be over. For the next two hours, Motoyama poked, pried and desperately tried to put his race car back together again.

Sadly, he failed. The car was unable to get back on track, leaving Motoyama weeping on the sideline. Join us in offering a healthy round of respect to Motoyama and his valiant attempt to continue racing. Check out a pair of videos detailing the episode by scrolling down below.




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      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is the epic that makes up the 24 hours of Le Mans. There is so much heartbreak when you pour so much of yourself into that event. Corvette Racing had an equally bad time of it this year. I hope the Nissan is back next year, it is an innovative ride.
      Jeanine Morris
      • 2 Years Ago
      My hat goes off to you Mr. Satoshi Motoyama! I can only imagine how disappointing this was for you, the crew and the owner. This was a great example of "Don't give up". Even though his attempts didn't work, he at least tried his best instead of just "rolling over" and walking away! This truely shows that this young man has heart. Unfortunatly something we seem to less and less of everyday. He may not have won the race but did win alot of race fans hearts that day.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watched the race for about 16hrs on live cast. That was a gut wrenching moment. I can't help but wonder whether or not Nissan and Panoz should have campaigned two Deltawings instead of just one. I would have love to see the car finish the race regardless of the position. As someone on the UK livecast said, even though it's a prototype, perhaps they should use brighter paint scheme or LED illumination on the front end. Either way - Nissan scored a big win IMO by entering the Deltawing. With a more powerful motor and some front end downforce to help with cornering this car is a real contender.
      sigma pi
      • 2 Years Ago
      The definition of never surrender, never give up.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sigma pi
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          turboawdftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          Whats he supposed to do with a broken drivetrain / axle?
      sdtiburon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Motoyama is a gallant part of the team and hat's or helmets off to him.
      Kevin Potts
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's sad to watch. I really liked this car and would have loved to see where it finished. I certainly hope we haven't seen the last of the DeltaWing.
      Rudukai13
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Toyota team should've been removed from the race too. That's some bullshit right there.
      woodtoymaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      If that damn Cameraman had stayed back and not kept getting in his way he could have worked a lot better. I was a race Driver and the Damn Cameramen should have to stay at least twenty feet back. What if the car exploded and killed him? Then his family is wanting Millions of dollars. Keep everyone who is not involved away from the man working.
      fonesgonewild
      • 2 Years Ago
      Integrity
      anand8788
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least he tried. I'll clap for him.
      fcarlo17
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was really heart-rending... I loved this concept. It was definitely Nakajima's fault, he was too aggressive. Well, his Toyota didn't go far after that either.
      brassnut9289
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor guy. It makes you wish you could walk up to him and give him a hug and let him its okay.
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