I was at the track and witnessed the crash from the stands. Based on everything I saw and heard, he was unconscious at the first explosion (between the 1000' mark and the stripe). No chutes, no brakes, throttle still at least partially engaged...he didn't have a chance.
E-town has long shutdown area from the stripe to the last turnoff. The sand pit isn't too long, but they are up against a public road - nothing they can really do about it. The sand isn't designed to stop a car doing 200+ mph - just to bring it to a safe stop before it careens into the woods or off of track property. At the speed that Scott was traveling, I am not sure that there is any shutdown area at any track in the country that would have kept his car on the track.
I was originally for the remote shutoff idea, but am leaning the other way. The driver is probably in more danger (assuming he is still controlling the car) if someone starts playing with his chutes and brakes. Secondly, I don't think there is enough time to decide that the driver is incoherent and then hit a switch that activates the chutes or brakes. Just doesn't seem practical in this case.
A tragedy any way you look at it. RIP Scott - our prayers are with his family and friends.
2006 Vista Blue GT
13.74 @ 99.3
1986 Blue GT
11.708 @ 115.39 :: 1.54 60'