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March 22, 2019

Tens of thousands of race fans will race into the Martinsville Speedway this weekend. They will jam up the roads, bring along their coolers and get ready for a couple of afternoons of watching the top drivers in NASCAR speed around the oval called The Paperclip. A lot of planning and commitment of time and resources goes into getting those fans safely into and out of the speedway on Saturday and Sunday. And the responsibility for their safety extends from officials with NASCAR and the speedway through all levels of law enforcement and public security expertise. But no one really likes to be...

March 14, 2019

FIA Director of Formula 1 Charlie Whiting sadly passed away this morning in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season. He began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team, then in the 1980s at Brabham. He has been an integral part of the organization of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship since he joined the Federation in 1988, and has been the Race Director since 1997. FIA President Jean Todt said: “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing. I have known Charlie...

March 13, 2019

Joerg Bergmeister has escaped injury following a massive fire for the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR in Sunday’s FIA World Endurance Championship test session at Sebring International Raceway. The Porsche factory driver was at the wheel of the GTE-Am class championship-leading entry when the car caught fire midway through the morning test session, which is open to WEC teams ahead of the inaugural 1000 Miles of Sebring. Eyewitnesses indicated that Bergmeister climbed from the Porsche and searched for a fire bottle at a marshal’s post as the car was nearly fully engulfed in flames....

March 11, 2019

At the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, the governing body of world motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and Siemens launched a new project aimed at using ITS technology to improve the safety of spectators and drivers at global Rally events. The FIA administers the rules and regulations for all international four-wheel sport, including the Formula 1 World Championship and World Rally Championship, bringing together 240 national motoring and sporting organizations from more than 144 countries. FIA’s new project with Siemens will explore how a...

March 7, 2019

Supercars team managers are yet to be convinced a move to close the pit lane under Safety Car is the answer to improve congestion and safety for pit crews. The championship is set to trial the regulation, used in NASCAR and IndyCar, at next month’s WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint which features one of the tightest pit lanes on the calendar. Agreed by the Supercars Commission in December, the trial has come to light following a high profile pit lane clash involving Chaz Mostert and Rick Kelly in Sunday’s race at the Superloop Adelaide 500. The deployment of the Safety Car often triggers a...

March 6, 2019

IndyCar is reintroducing the LED displays on cars to help fans follow on-track action and to aid its safety team attend to crashes in 2019. The previous-generation matrix LED system was ditched just four rounds into the 2018 season due to inconsistency with its performance.  That prompted IndyCar to contract racing data tracking company MoTeC to modify the system that is used in IMSA.  That work has now been completed, and all Indycars at the opening 2019 round in St Petersburg will carry the panels, which will be situated on their rollhoops. For the sake of the trackside...

March 4, 2019

The FIA has implemented its biggest step yet in safeguarding rallying's future with the publication of its Rally Safety Guidelines - and warned reckless fans their days are numbered. Following the delivery of the guidelines, the FIA's rally director Yves Matton described spectator safety as the key to a sustainable future for the sport.  The Rally Safety Guidelines come on the back of two years' global research and consultation led by FIA head of circuit and rally safety Stuart Robertson. World Rally Championship safety delegate Michele Mouton fed directly into research which takes...

March 1, 2019

IndyCar announced last month that it is planning to improve cockpit safety for all drivers with the introduction of a titanium piece in the cockpit of its cars, which will be tested on April 24, 2019, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The USA series’ single-seaters are smaller and less sophisticated than F1 cars, but with their 600hp, twin turbocharged, directed-injected V6 engines, they are still exceptionally quick. Acceleration for an IndyCar is around 0-60mph in about 2.8 seconds with maximum speeds of up to around 220mph (354km/h). Inevitably, with that speed comes risk. IndyCar’s...

February 28, 2019

A new study into motorsport concussion, which promises to develop “potentially transformational” ways of dealing with injury, has been launched in the UK. The two-year Rescue-Racer (Research Evaluating Sports Concussion Events – Rapid Assessment of Concussion and Evidence for Return) will trial a number of new diagnostic and concussion tools that can assist in establishing the symptoms and signs of concussion sustained in motorsport. After an accident, there is obvious concern for the individual racer, but a concussed driver also presents a potentially lethal risk to other...

February 27, 2019

Sebastian Vettel says it would be "a lot easier" to identify the cause of his Formula 1 pre-season testing crash at Barcelona without the damage his Ferrari has suffered. Vettel went off on the entry to the fast Turn 3 right-hander after what Ferrari described as a "mechanical problem." The cause has not been detailed, although images seen by Motorsport.com revealed the left side of the front wing was making contact with the track as Vettel went off. Vettel said he did not know "much more than everyone knows" when asked during Wednesday's lunch break what happened to cause the crash. "By...

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