Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 8:47 a.m. CT Aug. 21, 2018 | Updated 9:23 a.m. CT Aug. 21, 2018
Decades of danger finally caught up with Doug Rose, who died in a fiery crash of jet-engined show car at a Michigan Upper Peninsula racetrack over the weekend.
Rose, 81, was appearing at Norway Speedway, just over the Wisconsin line, when his Green Mamba inexplicably went off the track and into a wall after an exhibition pass in front the grandstand Friday evening, WLUC-TV reported.
Cell phone video taken by someone in the audience shows the Green Mamba coming slowly around the last corner of the one-third mile track, then revving with the distinctive whine of a jet engine before emitting a giant fireball, then smoke as the car briefly accelerates.
But as it enters the first turn the car continues straight off the track and crashes, with another brief fireball and huge smoke cloud.
Emergency vehicles rushed to the car and the grandstand announcer said it appeared to be good news that Rose was quickly recovered from the vehicle. But he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Norway Speedway official John Ostermann said several witnesses said they say Rose's head down, as the car went off the track, suggesting he may have a medical episode and lost consciousness before the crash.
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