If you watched the Sebring 150 this past Friday you witnessed a terrifying accident involving Mark Pombo in the #37 MINI JCW. On the final lap of the race his JCW experienced a brake failure. As Pombo approached a high speed corner there wasn’t much he could do as he tried to avoid the #93 HART Honda Civic. The JCW hit the #93 hard and continued into a tire barrier. It was a viscous crash which you can see in the video below.
If you’ve followed the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for some time you will know that this is unfortunately not an incident Pombo is unfamiliar with. In a practice session for the 2012 Road America race Pombo experienced a very similar brake failure. His car went flying through a corner barely missing two other cars (one of which was ironically a MINI) and went strait into a tire barrier. In addition to a broken collar bone, broken ribs, and a broken jaw he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Pombo, an Iraqi war veteran, is a consummate fighter. He was determined to return to racing and spent the better part of a year in recovery before returning to the series.
This must have been a scary reminder for Pombo and his fans. It was great to hear that he walked away from this latest incident and we look forward to watching him continue his career with the MINI JCW Team.
The video below recaps the 2012 incident and Pombo’s return to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
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Edit(4/5/16): Added video of Sebring Incident