It's easy to forget just how dangerous the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can be. Those who take to the mountain do so with the knowledge that any wrong turn could send them, their car and their co-driver down a rocky embankment at speed.

Jeremy Foley recently found that out first hand at around Mile 16 when his Mitsubishi Evolution 8 stepped off course. The car proceeded to somersault end over end down the side of the mountain, sheering off body panels and spitting parts along the way. From the look of things in the video below, the machine rolled at least seven times before coming to a stop right side up.

Both Foley and his co-driver were air-lifted to a local hospital, but have since been released. Early reports suggest Foley escaped the calamity with a broken leg. This was his first time at Pikes Peak. If ever there were an advertisement for building a proper cage, this is it. Check out the video of the crash below.

*Update: According to a post on Evolutionm.net, neither Foley nor his co-driver, Yuri, broke any bones in the dust up. Foley exited the crashed vehicle under his own power and Yuri injured his shoulder in what may be a dislocation.



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      Julie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! Kudos to the builder of that cage! Job well done!
      mavus721
      • 2 Years Ago
      And that my friends is what a 12 point roll cage will do in saving your life.
      Momzie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeremy and Yurie are good. Banged up and Yurie has a separated shoulder but both will make a complete recovery. This is from the family.
      parapente77
      • 2 Years Ago
      In WW2 some of the soldiers of the bataan death march worked at the Mitsubishi plant. Let's see the japanese f&%$ with the chinese now.
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      1st timer and it looks as though he's got a background in AutoX...... going out of boundaries of the cones usually doesn't result in a tumble down a mountain. Glad he's ok.
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad they are ok, and it looks as if the damage to the car will buff out.
      Vision7
      • 2 Years Ago
      In order to race at your best you must not only accept the risk of the worst possible outcome and push through it but embrace it. Sometimes your efforts are rewarded with the thrills of a strong finish and the sweet feeling of victory while, other times, you reach deep into your bag of talent and come up empty-handed. And in those moments, be sure to have your rollcage built by someone who knows what they're doing and whom you are able to trust with your life. Godspeed in your recovery, Jeremy.
      Hi Gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would make a great comercial for Depends.
      Jason Vallery
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was actually just shy of the 16-mile marker but that is the distance from the start of the road, not the start of the race. The race is only 12.42 miles long. This would have actually been a bit over 8 miles into the race and just after 3rd leg. I was at the bottom of this section (cove creek) and saw the car come over the edge towards us! Everyone's first reaction was that the crash was not survivable. What a testament to modern safety features! We watched the rescue play out over the next 2 hours. A team of search and rescue personnel carried both occupants out on backboards at second leg where they met an ambulance. The navigator was taken up to Devil's playground and taken out via flight for life while the driver was taken downhill by ambulance.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Vallery
        I was there as well looking down from about 100ft shy of the 16mile sign. I actually think that this camera view is from the guy standing right next to us, it looks to be close to the right angle. He was shooting for the live internet feed and caught the crash perfectly. Very scary moment for sure, it looked pretty bad initially. This was also exactly the same place where Bobby Regester went off last year. The friends I was with stood at the same location and saw that crash previously. This one was much worse however. Glad Jemery and Yuri are out of the hospital. If this isn't a testament to roll cages, I don't know what is.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Vallery
        Edit: Not the view from the guy next to us. After getting a chance to listen with the audio it doesn't match up. From where that crash happened, there aren't all that many viewpoints, mainly just Devil's Playground and a few choice areas above. There may not be all that many camera angles of this crash. I just missed it with my own camera. I had been starting to film drivers right at that point since that corner is where they came back into my view.
          Pit Road Pro
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          I was below where you were on the side of the hill. I have some good photos, but I probably won't publish them at all. Pretty brutal. Down below coming out of the W's the Evo was smoking pretty bad, and on the radio they guessed he might have had power steering issues. When he came to the turn I can see his hands are turning the steering wheel but his front wheels never respond. The car never turned left.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          I heard the same. A guy standing next to us said he had heard that Jeremy had been flagged 3 times earlier in the week for Power Steering leaks. We saw the smoking as well on the lower sections we could see from our viewpoint. Was my first time up that high, will definitely be doing it again. Did make for a long, long day though. Just glad both are OK, we weren't so sure at first.
      BobinCobb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hillclimbing is the purest form off automobile competition. You get no Mulligans. Few runoff areas, often no guard rails, just suck it up and go! I love it. Old hillclimber.
      brbrbca
      • 2 Years Ago
      You have to wonder if, deep down, some people don't have a death wish!
      Levi Riel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy F$*k!
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