AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sunday’s EchoPark Texas Grand Prix briefly went under red flag after a fiery crash between Cole Custer and Martin Truex Jr. on Lap 25 from Circuit of the Americas.
Custer ran behind and lifted Truex Jr.’s car off the ground, pushing the two cars down the extremely slippery track. Custer’s car was engulfed in flames after the collision. Both were able to walk away from their cars without a major injury.
Rain began pelting COTA just as the green flag dropped on NASCAR’s inaugural Cup Series race in Austin. Joey Logano won Stage 1, which was completed 10 laps before the wreck between Truex Jr. and Custer.
There was little to no visibility for the drivers for most of the afternoon.
“You can’t see anything. All of the sudden I see the tail light flash. There’s nothing you can do in those situations. It’s really hard to see out there. It’s dangerous,” Truex Jr. said after the crash.
Chase Elliott was called the winner with 14 laps to go when officials decided to call the race after the second red flag of the day.
This was Elliott’s first win in 2021 and his 12th Cup Series win during his career.