During a practice session for the American Challenge Cup event for modified GT cars, Marvin Panch was traveling at around 160 mph through Turns 3 and 4 when he lost control of his Ford-powered Maserati. The car flipped multiple times and burst into flames as it slid down the 31 degree banking. Several crew members and drivers who witnessed the crash rushed to the scene, risking life and limb to pull him out of the flaming wreck. Panch suffered multiple first, second, and third degree burns to his back, neck, and hands, along with abdominal bleeding. Each of his rescuers would also suffer various burns. Fortunately, Panch would make a full recovery and return to racing a few months later.
One of the drivers who saved Panch's life that day was Dewayne "Tiny" Lund of Cross, SC. Lund, along with the other rescuers, were awarded the Carnegie Medal for his heroism. Lund was offered a ride by the Wood Brothers to drive the Ford that Panch had planned to race in the Daytona 500 the following week. He would make the most of the opportunity by winning the 500 in a surprise upset.
|Series||Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)|
|Circuit||Daytona International Speedway|
|Event||American Challenge Cup|
Tiny Lund (spectator)
Ernie Gahan (spectator)
Bill Wimble (spectator)
Steve Petrasek (spectator)
Jerry Rayborn (spectator)
|Tags||Fire, Practice/Qualifying Crash|
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