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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...

February 21, 2019

The successful holding of Formula 1 races in Azerbaijan noticeably increased the interest of local and foreign marshals, said Chingiz Mehdiyev, head of the Baku Marshals Club of the Baku City Circuit Operations Company, Trend reports. Motorsport marshals contribute to enjoyable, efficient, and safer motor racing. They are responsible for the safety of competitors and are stationed at various points of danger around race tracks to assist them in case of any collisions, accidents or track problems. Marshals are also known as course workers, corner workers, corner crews, turn marshals, corner...

February 20, 2019

IndyCar announced Tuesday the planned introduction of a new step to improve cockpit safety for drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series. All cars participating in an April 24 open test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval will be fitted with Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP), a titanium piece made by Dallara. AFP stands a little more than three inches tall and averages three-quarters of an inch in width and is sited in front of the driver along the chassis centerline. It is designed to deflect debris away from the driver, and has passed the same strength tests as Dallara’s roll hoop. NTT...

February 19, 2019

A coronial inquest into the drag racing death of eight-year-old Anita Board has heard the junior sport had "almost a flippant attitude" to enforcing safety rules. Anita died two days after her eighth birthday — the age at which she became eligible to compete in junior drag racing. She was driving her 210cc purple dragster, named Pony Power, in a test run to gain her racing licence when she crashed into a concrete barrier past the finish line at the Perth Motorplex on November 11, 2017. She was taken to hospital but died the next day from catastrophic brain damage. The court...

February 12, 2019

Several Formula 1 drivers may have to take part in pre-season testing without the use of a crash helmet that has been homologated to the FIA’s 2019 safety standards. F1 has a new mandatory helmet standard for 2019 following years of work from the FIA that included extensive military ballistic testing in a bid to further improve driver head protection. All four current F1 helmet suppliers – Stilo, Bell Racing, Schuberth and Arai – were involved in the research and development phase for the new 8860-2018 standard. However, Arai has only passed part of the FIA's performance test and is...

February 6, 2019

Dr Robert Hubbard, the engineer behind the HANS device that has saved many lives in motorsport, passed away on Tuesday. Hubbard, who was a professor of materials science and mechanics at Michigan State University until his retirement in 2006, conceived the HANS device in collaboration with his brother-in-law and IMSA racer Jim Downing. Although it took some time for their pioneering work to be accepted in racing, the HANS has subsequently become compulsory equipment in many categories. Hubbard was closely involved in road safety long before he developed the HANS. He completed a PhD on the...

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