Ice Racing on St. Lawrence River: Two Cars Fall In
Ice racing is an exciting sport that involves racing cars on frozen rivers and lakes. However, the risks associated with this sport are evident, as two cars fell into the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River during a race held south of Montreal. Drone footage captured the incident from above, while in-car camera footage provided a more detailed view of the event.
The annual Kahnawake Ice Racing Series is held in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, and the event attracts many enthusiasts of the sport. However, with climate change affecting weather patterns, organizers may want to consider pushing back the race dates into January to ensure safer conditions.
Bryar Lawrence, who runs the event, acknowledged the risks associated with ice racing, stating, “We all know the risk we take as soon as we get on that ice, and everyone understands this sport we love comes with these types of risk.” Despite the dangers, many drivers continue to participate in ice racing, drawn by the thrill of the sport.
A driver not involved in the sinkings stated that the ice was 14-16 inches thick, and the race’s minimum for holding the event is 10 inches. However, it seems that ice thickness was a factor in the incident, as two cars fell into the river. Fortunately, nobody was injured, and the two sunken cars were recovered the next day.
Ice racing is a popular winter sport that offers a unique challenge for drivers. However, it is important to remember that safety should always come first. As climate change continues to affect weather patterns, organizers and participants must take extra precautions to ensure that events are held under safe conditions.