Factory Vauxhall driver Jason Plato was one of nearly 100,000 NASCAR fans who cheered Dale Earnhardt Jr on to a historic victory at The Winston, Lowe's Motor Speedway's prestigious non championship event.

However shortly after the race was over, as thousands of fans headed back to their cars, a section of one of the two bridges used to cross Highway 29 collapsed injuring over 100 people. Plato was due to cross one of the bridges and arrived at the scene of the collapse just minutes after it occurred.

Plato is a self confessed NASCAR fan and has hinted that he may want to race in the category if the right opportunity arose. Plato is currently under contract to factory Vauxhall team Triple Eight, however with Super Touring being ditched for next year Vauxhall are unsure of their plans. If there were no suitable tin-top drives in either the new, as yet unannounced, BTCC format or the resurrected DTM series, Plato could look to go stateside.

Plato is not a renowned fan of the National Saloon type cars which are being thrown about as possible replacements for the ailing Super Touring machines that will disappear at the end of the current season.