25 Feb 2013

Daytona 500 gets green light despite crash

6:40 am on 25 February 2013

The Daytona 500 NASCAR race will go ahead this morning despite the horrific crash yesterday that injured more than 20 fans.

Officials say they've repaired the fencing that was damaged after the pile-up which sent debris flying into the crowd and injuring fans on the final lap of a second-tier race.

Two spectators who had been initially listed as critically injured are now in a stable condition.

According to several plaintiff's lawyers, NASCAR and the speedway could face millions of dollars' worth of claims from the injured, litigation that would most likely centre on the sturdiness of the safety fencing.

Fans have been streaming into the 167,000-capacity venue for today's big race.