Caught on camera: Phoenix racecar driver survives 178 mph crash - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Caught on camera: Phoenix racecar driver survives 178 mph crash

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix racecar driver is lucky to be alive after a devastating crash that was caught on camera. On Nov. 10, Brian Gillespie was trying to break a personal land-speed record at a dry lake track in California. Gillespie, who owns a valley company that makes high end Honda parts, has been racing for years.

"The car was accelerating flawlessly. I thought it was going to be a good run, and then all hell broke loose," recalled Gillespie.

He says when the car hit about 178 miles per hour, the left front tire somehow dug into the dirt on the lake bed where he was racing. The car violently spun and flipped at least a dozen times.

"I had a cut on my left leg. I had a lot of exploded blood vessels in my face and head from the high (G-Forces). I was bleeding out of my eyes," said Gillespie, who also had a collapsed lung.

Amazingly though he recovered from his injuries. He credits his car's safety features with saving his life.

"I have no memory of (the crash). I mean, I've seen the video and I have an idea of what happened," he stated.

Gillespie says he plans to build another car and start racing as soon as he can.

"My doctor says I have to take a month off," said the 55-year-old.

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