I was there to unload the car and drive Richard home, hit hard is an understatement. I will say this car did one hell of a job taking the impact and Richard's safety gear did a good job. We will salvage her and see what's actually going on, I'm just glad he is walking and talking and cracking jokes.
I think they expected any off to throw the car into the dirt. But this is the 2nd accident I've seen like this, and I myself nearly did the same before catching it. both who crashed were on pretty grippy tires at much higher speeds then my close call.
I would say tire barrier on the inside might be helpful.
That last concrete apron to the right after Curly's save is where my car snapped when the rear tires went onto the concrete. There was no chance of saving it. There was nothing gradual about it. I will post video but I have to do some processing to it first.
I'm so glad that you and the passenger made it out relatively unschathed because that could have gone much, much worse. Good job Mazda with the doors still opening. Take it easy for the next couple days and pay attention to your body. I know it sucks and its going to sting for a while, but you are doing it right in that you can walk away "free and clear" from the car.
Sorry to hear about the crash, that's a serious bummer. That wall and the corner approaching it looks very similar to the final corner and front straight at Waterford Hills, and that wall has a ton of smear-marks too. It's simply a dangerous corner exit.
Glad to hear you're OK. Keep us updated on how you decide to move forward.