Gregory William Moore (April 22, 1975 – October 31, 1999) was a Canadian racecar driver who was fatally injured in a violent (154 G – forces) crash on the tenth lap of the CART season finale, the Marlboro 500, at the California Speedway in Fontana, California.
Moore was killed within the early going of season remaining race at Fontana Raceway. If his automotive hadn’t tripped onto its facet whereas sliding throughout the infield grass of the California Speedway, the 24-year-old Canadian may effectively have survived. The on-board telemetry stated Greg Moore’s fatal accident registered 154 in G-forces, however it was the angle of impression that produced the devastating outcomes. But when Moore’s automotive spun down from the flip two banking and received into the grass, it crossed the concrete floor highway, dug in and flipped hitting the wall cockpit first and inducing huge head accidents. Dr. Steve Olvey, director of CART’s medical affairs, stated it was the inverted angle of impression, not the pace, that proved fatal.
After early race restart, on lap 9 of the race, Greg misplaced management of his racing automotive within the exit of flip two and spun into the infield grass at greater than 200 mph. His automotive hit an entry highway, flipped over and slammed into an infield concrete wall sideways with the highest of the automotive straight going through the wall at unabated pace crushing his physique between the automotive and the wall. Moore acquired huge head and inside accidents within the crash and was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
An identical crash involving Richie Hearn a number of moments earlier than Moore’s did not end in the identical penalties. Hearn’s automotive remained on its wheels when it slid throughout the floor highway earlier than plowing into the wall. Richie Hearn had crashed in precisely the identical location. The skidmark sample was practically equivalent, each drivers having struck the within wall. Hearn walked away, and Moore didn’t. Moreover, a robust northerly wind was blowing that day, making a cross wind down the backstretch the place each incidents occurred.
During the weekend earlier than the race, Moore was knocked off his scooter by a paddock truck and Greg broke his proper hand. Unsure that he would be capable to race, Player’s-Forsythe employed Roberto Moreno as an emergency backup driver. After a medical session, and an in-car check, he was allowed to race utilizing a hand brace, ranging from the again of the grid as a result of his workforce had missed qualifying.
Moore was a popular driver by each racing followers and members of the CART racing neighborhood. Makeshift memorials had been began at his former highschool, Pitt Meadows Secondary School, and at Greg’s father’s automotive dealership. Moore competed within the Indy Lights and CART World Series, the place he had nice success with a number of wins in each collection and a championship within the 1995 Indy Lights collection. Moore’s automotive quantity, 99, was retired by CART as a mark of respect after his dying.