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Amid tragedy, exotic racing enthusiasts stress safety

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Amid tragedy, exotic racing enthusiasts stress safety

Amid tragedy, exotic racing enthusiasts stress safety

The death of a driving instructor and a student at Speed Vegas has put the spotlight on the exotic car industry locally.


Amid tragedy, exotic racing enthusiasts stress safety

Night off.

The death of a driving instructor and a student at speed vegas this weekend puts the spotlight on the exotic car industry locally.

We wanted to know how the wheels on the track and those rented exotic cars you often see driving down the las vegas strip are monitored---if at all.

8 news now's mauricio marin is live with what he's discovered.


((mauricio marin)) >> speed vegas is closed until further notice after the deadly crash this weekend.

The family of the local driving instructor is devastated but say he died doing something he loved.

Tonight---we talked with folks who share the same passion for exotic cars.

They admit it's risky---but work to keep the adventure behind the wheel as safe as possible.

>> ((houston crosta/ royalty exotic car rental: "in this industry here, in the light of this accident.

It's actually surprising because there really isn't a lot of accidents with these kinds of cars."

)) ((mauricio marin)) a fiery crash involving a white lamborghini that killed two people over the weekend at speed vegas including well known instructor gil ben-kely has been difficult for some to come to grips with.

Houston crosta runs royalty exotic cars.

And rents high end exotic cars to people looking for the experience.

He says he takes precautions to keep folks safe.

(( houston crosta/ royalty exotic car rental: "so a lot of things can happen but we don't want anything to happen so when we get the car back we go and have a fleet manager and inspects every rental after each rental."

)) ((mauricio marin)) drivers have to be at least 25 years old and have full coverage insurance.

((mauricio marin/reporter: "and these guys just don't hand over the keys right away.

They make sure you get to know the car, the power behind the wheel before hitting the road."

)) ((mauricio marin)) he has drivers go through rigorous training on how to operate the cars.---and he and his team remind people they're obligated to follow the rules of the road.

((houston crosta/ royalty exotic car rental: "when you're on a closed course you get to do a little extra but on a freeway it's definitely irresponsible and dangerous to drive over what we have to do normally."

)) ((mauricio marin)) osha continues they're investigation into the deadly crash.

It can take up to six months for them to wrap up their findings and see if there were any violations at the time.

As for crosta---he knows the thrill of exotic cars is exciting.

But says more than ever...he's going to keep safety top of mind.

((houston crosta/ royalty exotic car rental: "that's literally the most important thing when someone leaves here.

Is to make sure you feel comfortable to drive something of this nature."

)) ((mauricio marin)) >> when it comes to courses like speed vegas.

We wanted to know if they're regulated.

We reached out to folks both with exotics racing and dream racing in town.

They say there's no regulation requirements except what landlord or insurance companies require.

But abide by their own strict guidelines--- forcing participants to wear helmets and have students go through classroom instruction and simulators before heading onto the track.

Reporting live...mauricio marin.

8 news now./// ((dave courvoisier)) >>> new at 11... national security advisor michael flynn resigned...

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