Well its official Racesafe New Zealand’s (division of Fire & Rescue New Zealand) Speedway Rollover Simulator has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the Speedway New Zealand Innovation of the Year Award category for Technical advancement, promotional idea or anything new that continues to move the sport forward.
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Some details about the next generation of LMP2 and GTE cars got released this morning.
Interesting note about the 2016 GTE regs is that the cars will have an extration hatch in the roof. http://www.motorsport.com/wec/news/new-gte-regulations-for-2016-revealed
In the wake of the accident that occurred after the checkered flag in last month's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, there has been much debate about our current best practices for safety car deployment.
I'm not kidding with that question. We often focus on what's gone wrong, not what goes right, so here's an attempt to focus on what's gone right.
In this shunt by Helio Castroneves at Indianapolis earlier today, can you name one safety measure that helped him to walk away unscathed?
Look at the fire shooting out from the engine. The Fire/Rescue team has no face protection! At IMSA, all refuelers have to wear helmets with a face mask when handling fuel. How do fire/rescue workers not? Thoughts?
We've all heard of Skip Barber and Bondurant, and in recent months, groups like the Motorsport Safety Education Foundation (MSEF) and the Sean Edwards Foundation (SEF) have also joined the educational sector. MSEF offers online safety education courses backed by 4 sanctioning bodies, including World of Outlaws. SRO Motorsports Group and SEF are implementing a safety test for drivers in the Blancpain GT Series.
So Marshal Pruett just posted an article stating that HPD has interest in racing the ARX04b at Pikes Peak with the intent at breaking the course record set in 2013 by Sebastion Loeb in that crazy Peugeot. In recent years the gravel sections of the course have been elminated which has allowed for speed to increase on all sections of the course. This got me thinking, with the dangerous nature of Pikes Peak should speeds be limited on this hill climb? At what point does safety trump entertainment?
Please tell us your thoughts on what needs to be done to improve safety standards in many of today's racetracks?
Here is a great article that outlines common sense. It analizes a video from a crash where the driver was injured and was unabe to exit his burning vehicle. The safety marshalls that extricate him are not wearing any protecting clothing and the fire marshals are in t-shirts. Here is a quote:
This article brings up an interesting point about state government oversight and safety inspections of racetracks. "The thrill rides at small attractions and county fairs get regular checkups from Florida inspectors. But other entertainment venues -- including speedways where inexperienced tourists pay hundreds of dollars to get behind the wheel of a race car -- don't get the same scrutiny." Even trampoline and parasailing operations have state oversight in Florida but how come racetracks do not? Please read the article and let me know your thoughts.