WALL TOWNSHIP - State police are investigating the race track crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman Saturday.
Amanda Gambacorto lost her life when the car she was in struck the wall at Wall Speedway. She was taking part in a clinic hosted by Green Flag Driving on how to drive a race car.
Gambacorto was taken to Jersey Shore Medical but didn't survive head injuries.
Police say it could be several weeks before investigators finish their report and determine the cause of the crash. Those in the world of short track racing say they are paying very close attention to those findings, because they say fatal crashes just don't happen during clinics.
Len Sammons publishes Area Auto Racing News. He's also a race promoter and has two sons who race short track. He's seen plenty of racers crash at much higher speeds than Gambacorto was likely driving and those racers walked away. He says the clinics have a record of being safe.
"It's set up and monitored by the state of New Jersey," Sammons says. "There are guidelines of how fast the cars can go and protection and safety equipment that they must run."
At the time of the crash, Gambacorto was not racing but she was alone in her car and following a pace car.
In a statement, Gary Conklin with Green Flag Driving Experience said, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and everyone affected by this tragedy. Until the State Police finish their investigation I will not comment."
Anyone wanting to donate to the Gambacorto family can contact Wall Stadium.