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Haines v. St. Charles Speedway, Inc.
Citation:874 F.2d 572 (1989).
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Norman owned a Stanton sprint car that he wished to race at St. Charles Speedway on April 26, 1986. Norman hired Mike Thurman to drive the car, but Norman wanted to enter the infield in order to aid in race preparation. The racetrack required that Norman sign the Release prior to entering the infield. Norman did not read the Release and did not ask anyone to explain the significance of the Release. While Norman was still in the infield he requested that his sprint car be started. A separate auto was needed to push start the car and Norman was struck by his own car during the process.
The Release contained unambiguous and broad language releasing the “promoter, participants, racing association, sanctioning organization, . . . track operator, track owner, officials, car owners, drivers [and] pit crews . . . from all liability. . . for any loss or damage, and any claim . . . of injury . . .”
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