USAR: Report Issued on Tests Following Fatality

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (Mar. 2, 2000) -- United Speed Alliance Racing President Gene Cox reported Thursday afternoon results from a tire test held Wednesday afternoon. Tests were conducted on the tire and wheel that was involved in the fatal accident...

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (Mar. 2, 2000) -- United Speed Alliance Racing President Gene Cox reported Thursday afternoon results from a tire test held Wednesday afternoon. Tests were conducted on the tire and wheel that was involved in the fatal accident this past Saturday afternoon at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida.

"“We have received results from lab analysis conducted on the tire and wheel involved,” added Cox. “The was no evidence of any unusual volatile chemicals present and the findings were quite consistent with a new, unused tire.”

"The results from testing effectively concluded USAR’s initial investigation whether or not a flammable was used on the tire. While the investigation continues, chemical or flammable materials have been ruled out as a probable cause.

"“We are now focusing our investigation on the inflation of the tire,” Cox said. “We are still awaiting word from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department from their investigation.”

"Christopher Abblett, from Clearwater, Florida, was severely injured when the tire/wheel assembly he was working on exploded. Abblett, 22, was later transported by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

"A memorial fund has been established and anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so at any local First Union Bank. The deposit should be made to the Christopher Abblett Memorial Fund.

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