Tony Renna Fatal Crash Footage (lost security camera footage; 2003)


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Tony Renna Fatal Crash
Aftermath of Renna's fatal crash.
Aftermath of Renna's fatal crash.
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Following the 2003 IndyCar Series season, Tony Renna was hired by Chip Ganassi Racing, who had won the 2003 championship with Scott Dixon, to drive the team’s second car, replacing Tomas Scheckter.

Renna would be killed on the morning of October 22, 2003 while testing his car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On his fourth lap, Renna spun in turn 3, and as he was spinning, wind got underneath the car. The car would go flying into the outer catchfence and would disintegrate upon impact. Renna was killed instantly of massive internal trauma.

No footage and or photographs of the crash have surfaced. Since it was a private test, there were no members of the media to cover it.

However, security camera footage at the track picked up the accident. Officials at the track put cameras around the track at some point following the 2002 Indianapolis 500 (which involved a controversy of Paul Tracy claiming that he had passed Hélio Castroneves for the lead as a caution came with just over one lap to go,  causing the pass to not count).

The footage has never been released to the public, likely out of respect for Renna. It likely went to local police, who then returned it to the track after their investigation ended.

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News report of the crash (no footage is seen of the crash itself).

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Madman

4 months ago
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I'm not sure if they should release the footage or not.
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Rhino Ryan

4 months ago
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Perhaps they shouldn't, but it is lost media and there are articles for other death related footage on here.
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Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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Of course they should
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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I think the owners of the footage should decide whether to release it or not.
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Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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It has a place on liveleak
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Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
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For the record, nobody even knows if this footage actually exists or not. Surveillance cameras were set up all around the speedway in the fall of 2002, as a result of the controversy that ended that year's running of the Indianapolis 500. The cameras would always be on to capture intruders, and recording whenever cars were on track. Despite this, I specifically remember a news article saying that investigation into the accident would be hampered by a lack of visual evidence. Apparently the surveillance cameras were not in use that day because it was a private testing session. If the footage exists, in all likelihood it was either destroyed or remains locked away deep in the IMS vaults.

I hesitate to say what I think I know about the accident, partly because the details are so scattered, contradictory, and incoherent, and also because the graphic details point to it being the single most gruesome thing to ever happen in motor racing. It would be in poor taste to discuss those details out in the open, and you can find them on other parts of the web. What I will say is that IMS got incredibly lucky that Renna's accident happened in a testing session and not on the Indianapolis 500 race weekend, else it would have almost certainly ended the event and forever change the sport of motor racing (yes, it was that bad). Had any photos or video of the accident got out, the backlash might have been enough to end the IRL. 2003 was already a terrible season for them, the Dallara IR03 being a car that was inclined to get airborne, and Kenny Brack suffering a near-fatal accident at Texas earlier that year. They did not need any more bad press coverage.
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Rhino Ryan

2 months ago
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I agree, from what I've understood, had the crash occurred on race day with cameras filing it, it could have resulted in something similar, if not worse, than what happened at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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