Håkansson had spent most of the morning waiting. The world’s fastest piston-powered (as opposed to jet- or rocket-powered) car, the Speed Demon, was ahead of the KillaJoule in the running order. The driver was George Poteet, aged sixty-four, a legend in land-speed racing. He had broken the four-hundred-mile-per-hour mark thirty-two times in his driving career, but that morning something went wrong. As the Speed Demon reached three hundred and seventy-eight miles per hour, it began to fishtail. In an instant, the vehicle was launched five hundred and fifty feet down the course, where it struck the ground and kicked up a plume of salt. It slid and rolled several times, throwing off some of its carbon-fibre body panels along the way. The protective cage around Poteet, his safety restraints, and his helmet, however, all remained intact. Within seconds, his support team and an ambulance arrived and Poteet was walking away from the carcass of his vehicle with the unofficial record as the world’s fastest wheel-driven wreck survivor. Hours were spent picking up debris and restoring the track to a usable condition.