Long story short: I wrecked my Trans Am 4/2/11
Came down to opening day at Milan Dragway, conditions were iffy at best and to be honest many there were on their toes with rain on the forecast. Being a novice driver it never really occurred to me what could happen. I learned the hard way prior to them shutting down the track.
Apparently it had been 'spitting' on and off, but not so much as to really cause traction issues. At the time I was running pretty slow so I decided to turn my traction control off and allow the wheels to spin a bit. Hindsight says "WHY YOU DO THIS!?" but at the time nobody was having any issues and it appeared to be clearing up.
But those that live in Michigan or around it know the saying: Wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.
It did. At the other end of the track toward the timing sensors.
Tree was green and I launched. But around 3/4 of the way down the track my rear began to spin up and slide out to my right. Tried to correct but it was gone at that point and I was just sliding sideways from the right lane to the left, smacking the divider markers before the car began to skid backwards in 4th gear. Nose struck first with a glancing blow that smashed my rim, cracked it, and bent up my suspension. With the wheel cocked as it was the car immedately slammed into the concrete and twisted the frame. The door cracked and absorbed the impact as did the rear quarter panel. I was tossed around a good bit by both impacts and apparently my drivers seat was to the point of it snapping in two at the recliner joints The car continued to skid around 40-60 feet backwards before coming to a stop facing the tower.
Took them a good 20 minutes to a half hour to get her off the track since the rear end appeared to have exploded under the stress of skidding and the impact. I was fine, wore a non snell approved helmet so I guess I may have been lucky.
Took them a good 3 hours to finally shut the track down afterward (!?) and by then it was sleeting turning to snow. People just began to bail.
So now she rests at a body shop awaiting an estimate as to whether or not she can be saved and how much it will cost out of pocket since you all know the rules of the game..