WATCH: Corey LaJoie Gets a Big Shock on Seeing a NASCAR Truck on Race Track

Published 08/17/2021, 12:52 PM EDT
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 01: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 VisoneRV Ford, looks on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 01, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


During the qualifying session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there was a bit of a hairy moment. The track was already in hot water because of a number of issues with the kerbs. However, things escalated to a whole new level when Corey LaJoie got shocked by an unexpected companion during his lap.

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The Spire Motorsports driver was alone on the track in the closing moments of qualifying. Unfortunately, he was not as alone as he thought. He stumbled upon a stray safety truck that happened to be on the track as he was completing his lap. Luckily, there was no mishap and LaJoie overtook the truck without much trouble.

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Why was the truck present when Corey LaJoie was on the track?

As per protocol, the officials only deploy the safety truck onto the track between qualifying rounds. Its primary purpose is to ensure that there is no debris lying around on the track. Unfortunately, there was likely a mix up at Indianapolis that led to the truck coming on too early.

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FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 Pala Casino Ford, prepares for practice at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

When he spoke about the incident, LaJoie said, “There was a bit of miscommunication. The lap might have been a touch better, but not enough to make substantial gain. They messed up, but we’ll go racing in two hours and have some fun. My original thought was that I didn’t make it to the line in time for the lap and the whole lap is red. Then I remembered they told me I made it barely, so when I saw the truck I knew I ought to finish the lap.

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According to Corey LaJoie, the truck was not in a great spot when he encountered it. It is worth mentioning, however, that the truck’s presence did not affect his lap. Especially since he did not get any draft off of it.

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