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September 14, 2018

Rally Turkey organizers have listened to the complaints of the World Rally Championship manufacturers and agreed to run four-minute gaps between the lead drivers on Friday afternoon's stages. The leading drivers all complained bitterly about the dust problem on the Cetibeli stage on Friday morning, with many of them labelling it dangerous to drive in such conditions. Reigning WRC champion Sebastien Ogier said: "It was really bad in there, there was so much dust. "We knew it would be like this and that's why we asked from the start for the four minutes." The teams all contacted the...

September 12, 2018

Kasey Kahne will remain sidelined for at least another three weeks while he continues to grapple with the dehydration problems that sent him to the infield care center at Darlington two weekends ago. Kahne skipped last weekend’s Brickyard 400 on medical advice, and his Leavine Family Racing team has confirmed that he will remain at home for this week’s race at Las Vegas, where temperatures are expected to hit triple digits, as well as the following two events at Richmond and Charlotte. Regan Smith, who stood in for Kahne in Indianapolis, will remain in the No. 95 for all three races. “At...

September 10, 2018

NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired last year after struggling to return from a concussion in 2016. Now he has an upcoming book about the experience, and he’s finally opening up about his experiences with concussions over the year, highlighting the heartbreaking worries and lack of support drivers encounter when they have a brain injury on the job.  Earnhardt was this week’s guest on the syndicated sports show In Depth with Graham Bensinger, where he admitted to having somewhere between 20 and 25 concussions during his NASCAR career—most of which went unreported...

September 6, 2018

Formula One bosses hope to introduce a new version of the Halo in time for the regulation change planned for 2021. The Halo device was controversially made mandatory for all cars ahead of the current season. It was the culmination of research into frontal cockpit protection dating back to 2009; the Halo device was chosen over two other prototypes, the Shield and the Aeroscreen, which were also trialed in previous seasons. At last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix the device came into sharp focus again, when a Turn 1 collision caused Fernando Alonso to somersault over the Sauber of...

September 5, 2018

Nico Hulkenberg is saying hello to the halo. Hulkenberg has often dismissed the protective device on F1 cars, which was introduced this season, with the Renault driver saying last year that it looked stupid and wasn't necessary. However, the halo's benefit appeared plain to see at the Belgian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso's McLaren spiraled into the air and bounced on top of Charles Leclerc's Sauber during a dramatic first-lap crash. "I think whilst I am still not a big fan of the halo as a device, I have to face facts - it does bring something to Formula One, especially the safety...

August 28, 2018

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has hit out at IndyCar's safety following recent major incidents in both single-seater series. Massa was one of several drivers to speak positively on social media about F1's introduction of the halo following its role in protecting Charles Leclerc after his car was hit by Fernando Alonso's McLaren at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. But Massa was also critical of IndyCar on his Twitter account, making reference to Robert Wickens' recent accident that left the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver requiring surgery after breaking both his legs, his right...

August 24, 2018

IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye has answered questions from select media members on Robert Wickens’ huge crash at Pocono Raceway, analysis of car damage and catchfence damage, and windscreens. Everybody has been complimentary about the tub [and how it withstood the impact]. Can you give us your perspective? We were very encouraged by how the car held up, certainly not satisfied though, because the driver was injured. We’ll never be satisfied until that doesn’t happen. But it’s going to be weeks for us to go through this with a fine-tooth comb. The initial review of...

August 21, 2018

Canadian Paul Tracy is calling for change in the auto racing industry. The outspoken former IndyCar star made the comment on Instagram on Monday, the day after fellow Canadian Robert Wickens was involved in a horrific crash at Pocono Raceway. Wickens, from Guelph, Ont., sustained a pulmonary contusion and injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine after trying to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay during the ABC Supply 500 in Long Pond, PA. The two cars slightly touched, resulting in Wickens’ vehicle soaring over Hunter-Reay’s. Wickens hit the catchfence and the tub of his IndyCar spun...

August 20, 2018

Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was admitted to hospital with injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine, as well as bruised lungs, sustained in a violent wreck eight laps into Sunday’s race. An IndyCar spokesperson said Wickens was awake and alert as he was airlifted from the track to the hospital by helicopter and was scheduled for an MRI and likely surgery. The 29-year-old from Guelph was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when their cars touched slightly. That caused Hunter-Reay’s car to careen into the wall, and Wickens’ car was pulled along for the ride....

August 15, 2018

The FIA will meet with World Rally Championship event organizers in Germany this weekend to discuss better methods of measuring stage safety following criticism of the use of average speeds. The route for last month's Rally Finland was altered significantly to feature twistier, narrower roads that lowered the average speed. Many drivers questioned whether this was genuinely safer. The road changes superseded the chicanes inserted to cut speeds in Finland in 2017 following Kris Meeke's record-breaking 2016 winning run at an average of 78.68mph. This year's average speed was 2.52mph...

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