Amanda Gambacorto, 21, was pronounced dead at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center at 1:20 p.m. ET, less than one hour after the crash, according to the New Jersey State Police.
The Green Flag Driving Experience offers instruction to beginning racers in either three-quarter midgets – which, with 600cc motorcycle-based engines, are less powerful than larger midgets – on in Legends cars or full-sized modifieds.
Apparently Gambacorto, a college student at State University of New York at Stony Brook, lost control of her car and struck the wall. The Green Flag Driving Experience says that it supplies fire suits and helmets to its students, but the company web site does not mention head and neck restraints. In a photo gallery of the August 9 school session, it does appear that foam collars are available for student use. It is not known at present what sort of injuries Gambacorto suffered. A photo taken at the scene shows a yellow TQ midget that appears to have hit, and badly bent, the double Armco steel barrier outside the racing surface.
The cars "used in the Green Flag Driving Experience are actual team cars built for and raced in the auto racing series. You drive them just as they are raced- fully equipped with the latest performance and safety equipment," says the company web site. Motorsport.com