NASCAR’s debut at Circuit Of The Americas is a wet one, with four laps into Stage two claiming multiple cars thanks in part to poor visibility.
Harvick was slowing up to avoid an incident ahead involving Bell and Blaney when Bubba Wallace came soaring into the rear bumper of Harvick’s Ford.
Lots of trouble in different places at COTA!
Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell and Ryan Blaney all involved. pic.twitter.com/WnPdlcwvVj
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May 23, 2021
Because of the lack of visibility, the only real look at the wreck unfolding came courtesy of GPS tracking with 3D Graphics. The unique insight revealed that Blaney slowed down suddenly and Bell drove straight into the back of the No. 12 Ford after not being able to slow down efficiently thanks to the wet track.
An onboard of the No. 4 reveals that his rear wheels were lifted off the ground thanks to an oncoming Wallace.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 23, 2021
Freddie Kraft, the spotter for Wallace, took to Twitter to express his thoughts following the No. 23 heading behind the wall. Driver No. 23 declined a post-wreck interview according to FOX Sports’ Jamie Little.
Maybe racing blind isn’t the best idea.
— Freddie Kraft (@FreddieKraft) May 23, 2021
Harvick gave a scathing few words to NBC’s Dustin Long, saying that NASCAR has no business being out in the rain.
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) May 23, 2021