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I Sure Wish I Had Your Seat During Those 12 Rolls!
At this time of this 2009 crash, I was NOT in a LaJoie seat. I broke 2 of my ribs, due to the rib section of the seat letting go or bending back and I was one sore SOB!!
I had ordered my seat from you when this happened and I sure wish I had had your seat installed in my car at the time of those 12 rolls.
(crash approx. 30 seconds into video clip)
You all build a great seat!!! Thanks for all you do!
OCT 2009: On recent Saturday afternoon, I qualified 16th out of 28. I wanted to drive my new car, but my dad was very adament about us not racing it. He felt the race would be a crash fest.
The green flag fell and I drove around the outside of 2 cars and settled into 12th place. A few cautions flew due to crashes. I missed them all. Around lap 50, I was in 9th following the #407 car into turn one about 100 to 110 miles and hour when all of a sudden the #407 blew up. He blew up in the worst place, entering a corner. With no where to go, I drove through the oil and shot straight up into the wall at 100 or so miles an hour. That is the worst hit I've taken to date. My dad kept yelling over the radio to see if I was okay. I said yes but dad didn't hear me. Finally my crew chief, Jerry saw me moving and let my dad know that I was okay.
I am so lucky that my dad makes sure I have the best safety equipment. He always says "I only have one peanut" and he wants to make sure I'm protected. I would also like to send a shout out to Randy Lajoie of The Joie of Seating. If it wasn't for his custom made race seats, I feel I would of been hurt a few times by now. Randy and crew, Thanks for taking care of me in the racecar. My car and I were taken to the pits. The car was destroyed. I'm fine!
Put on our new kart head rest 2 weeks ago and we love the product. Unfortunately, we had a chance to use it at our first track on a indoor Coke Syrup race. Colton was going for the lead and tangled with the 1st place kart and hit a wooden wall at 35 mph. The neck support did its job!
He continued driving to take second place. We can’t thank you enough for making racing safer with your products. He woke up the next morning with sore legs from the steering post, but no complaint whatsoever of any neck pain.
I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone at your facility for the prompt and courteous service to deal with the repair of my sprint car seat. As I explained during our conversations, I was involved in crash while racing my sprint car and your seat allowed me to walk away with only minor aches and pains. I have owned this seat since 2005 and it is the most comfortable I have ever had. Thank you again for all of your help and support.
Driver Unhurt In Horrific 165 MPH crash
Gordon is still racing today after a 165 MPH driver side
hit during an ARCA Re/Max Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Tina's car got into the outside
wall and came back across the track, right into the path of
an oncoming car. The resuliting impact virtually destroyed
Tina is convinced that her Joie of Seating racecar seat was
a major factor in her staying safe...and alive.
"Thanks to Randy LaJoie's race seat, I was able to get
back in a race car after my wreck at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
As long as I continue to race, I will never get
into another car without a Joie of Seating Race Seat."
Cameron's move from Quarter Midgets to Micro
600ccWinged Outlaw brought about safety concerns notconsidered
in the Quarter Midgets. Simpson
Safety Equipment already in place we needed seat, head and neck
Randy LaJoie stepped up with a seat, but more
important was his concern for Cameron's safety and speed that comes
with proper fitting and support for the driver.
Cameron's record speaks for the seats
claim of support/comfort related to speed. Not part of his record
are the crashes. His first came at a 3/8 mile speedway during
a test session. End over end and 6 barrel rolls Cameron walked
away. The car, not so good. All bumpers and nerfs, top and front
Cam's second crash at US 24 Speedway - barrel
into the catch fence finishing end over end. The car again, not
so good, but Cameron was okay after a few minutes to catch his
breath. Cameron's last crash was a full
speed T-Bone - bent frame, etc to the Front of the car. Cameron
only upset that the car was out of the race.
(click pic for enlarged view)
Road Racer Gary Rose was
thankful for his Joie of Seating safety equipment when involved
in a scary crash at Watkins Glen International. In
Gary's words, even though his race truck was destroyed, his safety
was never in jeopardy.
"I just want to let you guys know that your seat saved my
butt this weekend. My Pro Truck broke loose at WGI and hit
the Armco full passenger's side at way too much speed and neither
the Saturday Night Special seat nor my butt moved a millimeter!
transmission moved a few inches up and to the left, but not the
seat. I walked away without even a muscle ache.
safety money I've ever spent. The truck is trash but the seat
goes into my next racecar!"
Twenty-four year old Justin Marvel survived a devastating crash
at the Terre Haute, Indiana Action Track at the last event in USAC's
Valvoline Indiana Sprint week, which destroyed his sprint car.
Justin will will race again thanks to his seat.
The crash occurred during
the semi-feature event, when the steering broke entering the
third turn, sending the car into the outer guardrail. Upon impact
about the only thing not needing replacing was the "Joie
of Seating" safety seat he had recently installed. Marvel
credits the seat for saving the portion of his body that sets in
(click pic for enlarged view)
Nathan Rodgers Thanks The Joie of Seating After Scary
Youngster Flips, Slams Wall but Stays
It was the crash that quieted a raucus Independence Day crowd
at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Young Nathan Rodgers was cruising towards a strong finish in
the July 4th Bandolero Outlaw Summer Shootout event at Lowe's
Motor Speedway (NC) when several cars made contact ahead of him.
Rodgers' orange #42 machine was vaulted into the air and barrel-rolled
several times, eventually stopping when his roof slammed flush
against the pit road retaining wall. Everyone at Lowe's was stunned
and hoping that the driver would be okay. As safety personnel
reached him, the young driver climbed from his destroyed car
and gave an enthusiastic wave to the crowd, indicating that he
was just fine.
Rodgers' Bandolero seat
from The Joie of Seating, along with other safety apparatus,
kept the driver out of harm's way despite the viciousness of
the crash. "I was wearing a Simpson Head-and-Neck
restraint which helped out a lot," said Rodgers. "It
probably would have been a lot worse if I hadn't of had it. Good
thing Randy Lajoie makes good seats. That really helped me be
able to walk away from the accident." By staying safe with
all the latest safety products out there, from restraints, belts
and seats, Rodgers was able to focus on his next race after his
wicked crash rather than dwelling on what had just occurred. "I
am okay, just hopefully we can get it on a jig or something because
I have a race up in Pennsylvania on Friday and I really want
to be able to make it." LaJoie and his staff are making
themselves available to answer any racer’s questions on
how to be as safe as possible inside the racecar. (click pic for enlarged view)
Joey Payne On The Mend After NEMA Crash at Stafford
Car Destroyed, But The Joie Of Seating Seat Helps "The Jersey
"I wound up going to the shop to
see it before they cut it up. There is no doubt in my that if
i had that shitty kirkey seat in the car i wouldn't have survived.
The pictures show how much i moved the left side shoulder support.
you can see the seat bent around the cage support."
Those are the words of NEMA Midget driver
Joey "The Jersey
Jet" Payne after surviving a horrific crash in the NEMA event
at Stafford MotorSpeedway (CT) on July 3rd. The rear axle snapped
off his car, sending him hard into the backstretch wall. The car
was destroyed, but all of the safety apparatus, like his Joie of
Seating Sprint seat, did their job. Of course, as Payne admits
below, more safety precatuions could have been taken before he
jumped behind the wheel. Payne received a severe concussion and
several arm and leg injuries, but he is currently recuperating
at home in New Jersey and plans to race again soon. Here's an update
on Payne's crash and his subsequent recovery.
Joey Payne is recuperating at his home in Fairlawn, NJ after a
devastating wreck at Stafford Motor Speedway on Tuesday, July 11,
2006 in the Northeastern Midget Association feature during Xtreme
Tuesday presented by CARQUEST. The veteran racer sustained a severe
concussion and injuries to his arms and legs when the rear axle
sheared off his racer sending him careening into the outside wall.
“I’m doing okay,” said Payne on Monday. “My
knee and shoulder hurt quite a bit. My knee is really swollen and
my shoulder is severely bruised. But my head is better, that is
the good thing. It was a hard shot for sure.”
A “hard shot” might be the understatement of the season.
It is believed that Payne was traveling at speeds in excess of
110 miles per hour in the open-cockpit Midget when the crash occurred.
During the impact both Payne’s head and shoulder made contact
with the outside retaining wall.
Payne was transported to Johnson Medical Center and then airlifted
to Hartford (CT) Hospital, where he spent the night. He remembers
little about the accident.
“I knew something broke and the next thing I remember was
bang… I think the bang was my helmet hitting the wall.” His
helmet is broken in two places. Payne, who owns a Safety Solution
R-3 head restraint, admittedly in poor judgment, was not wearing
it at the time of the accident.
“When I do come back, I will surely make some changes to
my safety equipment. I will definitely be wearing my Safety Solution
R-3 from now on. It is a great device and I should have been wearing
it. I will have it on next time I race and every time after that,” added
All other safety precautions were in place. “Everything
did what it was supposed to do,” continued Payne of his equipment. “I
have to thank Gene and Marilyn Angelillo for spending their money
to keep me safe in their racecar. No other car in NEMA has a Joie
of Seating seat. It is the Cadillac of seats. It saved my life.”
“I went to see it (the car) the other day,” said Payne, “I
walked in and said ‘Wow, I can’t believe I survived this’.” Despite
the severity of the incident, Joey Payne will be back behind the
wheel as soon as possible. “I am not giving up,” said
the diehard racer. “It would take a lot more than that to make
me want to stop racing. Racing is my life. I have been doing it my
whole life. I don’t want to go out like that. To go out like
that just would not be right.”(click pic for enlarged view)
Unfortunately for Payne and his owners, the Angelillo’s the
car is a total loss.
"You can't imagine the securty blanket provided to me with him in a LaJoie seat. You truly are an attribute to the racing community. Thank's so much!"
Dave Moltz (father of racer Dillon Moltz)
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