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The Motorsport Safety Foundation is committed to generating safety awareness for all motorsport participants with the ultimate goal of reducing racing accidents. The Foundation strives to educate participants on the causes of injury in racing and explain new equipment and best practices so that people understand and adopt them willingly. Browse our collection of research and education articles to discover up-to-date findings and innovations in the sport.

October 21, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS Drivers endure increased thermal and cardiovascular stress during stock car racing. Competitive stock car racing in hot conditions may lead to large fluid losses. Drivers should consider strategies to meet the thermoregulatory challenges. ABSTRACT Heat strain experienced by motorsport athletes competing in National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) may be significant enough to impair performance or even result in a life-threatening accident. There is a need to carefully quantify heat strain during actual NASCAR race competitions in order to faithfully...

August 17, 2016

What are the technical/social implications of introducing head protection into open wheeled formulas? Are the FIA’s preferred concepts for the 2017 season the most applicable solutions?  Paul Richard Hailes, FdSc. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the qualification of BSc (Hons) in Motorsport Engineering in collaboration with  The University of Bath May 2016 1   ABSTRACT This report examines the potential for a suitable solution for head protection in open wheeled, open cockpit formulas within Motorsport. This will take into...

August 9, 2016

As an audiologist for earEVERYTHING, Inc., hearing is what I do for a living. For over 16 years, I have worked in the motorsport industry and have observed innovation in helmets, fire suits, and tools. There have also been advancements increasing the fan experience through scanners and handheld timing and scoring devices. Yet there is still a huge void for all drivers, crew, safety/track workers, and fans on how to protect their hearing and make more efficient use of radios and these fan devices in the presence of noise. You can find many articles telling you how loud...

February 22, 2016

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of fans only, click here.

February 21, 2016

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of drivers only, click here.

December 21, 2015

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of safety workers only, click here.

December 7, 2015

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here.

September 8, 2015

A chemical strip changes color to show the force of an impact. When the Steelers and Patriots clash on Thursday night in football's season opener, you'll see 250-pound men slam into each other, head to head, at high speed. And get concussions? There's no easy way to tell. That goes for young athletes, too, whose developing brains are particularly vulnerable to damage if they keep playing after getting a concussion. Sports-related brain trauma sends a quarter-million American kids to the emergency room annually, but symptoms may unfold over hours, days, or even weeks. A material...

June 17, 2015

To see the full results of the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Safety Car Deployment" survey, please click here.

May 28, 2015

The Verizon IndyCar Series and chassis manufacturer Dallara are working on new methods to prevent future injuries like the one suffered by driver James Hinchcliffe. The Canadian’s crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 took place after a suspension component failed, and in the ensuing high-speed impact with the Turn 3 wall, a right-front wishbone entered his No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara DW12 chassis, where it penetrated his lower extremities. In response to the crash, the series and Dallara mandated the installation of new wishbone “pads” for the race (BELOW, in...

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