It was an exquisite day Saturday for historic racing at Elkhart Lake’s Street America for the WeatherTech Worldwide Problem classic races. Nonetheless, Jim Tempo, driving a 1974 Can-Am championship-winning Shadow DN4 could have had the wildest journey of the day.
As a part of the festivities, the featured marque for the weekend is the 50th Anniversary of Don Nichols’ Shadow automobiles. Lots of the nice automobiles from the mysterious profession of the late Can-Am, Formulation One and Formulation 5000 constructor have been on show and have been operating within the afternoon qualifying session.
Developing the straightaway at near 180 mph, Tempo was tucked below and behind the opposite DN4, pushed by Craig Bennett. Because the automobiles got here up the hill and crested the hump below the bridge, the air got here off Tempo’s Shadow and it “flew straight up, did a half flip, landed on the roll bar and skidded for 150 yards,” based on eyewitness and native Wisconsin radio persona Steve Zautke.
Unbelievably, Tempo, clearly shaken, walked away from the whole wreck, which needed to be winched off the straightaway. It was simply 4 years in the past that Craig Bennett had a suspension/brake failure going into flip one at Street Atlanta in a DN4, inflicting life-threatening accidents to his backbone and limbs, accidents from which the driving force since has recovered and returned to the cockpit.