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March 12, 2015

After NASCAR driver Kyle Busch suffered serious leg injuries in a scary crash Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway, track president Joie Chitwood III immediately accepted responsibility and promised changes. Wednesday, Chitwood announced those changes, notably the addition of more SAFER barriers to be in place before NASCAR returns to action there in July.  During the Feb. 21 Xfinity Series race at Daytona, Busch's car slid across the grass on the frontstretch and slammed into the inside wall, which was unprotected by SAFER barriers that had been installed years...

March 12, 2015

Jeff Gordon eased up on NASCAR after discussing track safety issues with officials behind closed doors.  Gordon said Thursday he may have prematurely questioned NASCAR's plans for installations of SAFER barriers after hitting a concrete wall two weekends ago in Atlanta. The energy-absorbing walls are common at tracks, but not installed in every place a car might crash. "Maybe that was me getting a little bit ahead of myself as far as what the phased plan was," Gordon said. "All I can tell you is that everybody is doing everything they possibly can right now to speed that process up...

March 12, 2015

Jenson Button has revealed he demanded assurances from McLaren that the car was safe in the wake of the accident which put Fernando Alonso out of this Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.  Button, entering his 16th season in Formula One after a surprise reprieve at the end of last year, said he spent hours trawling through data read outs with the McLaren engineers until he was satisfied that there was no danger.  There has been persistent speculation about the circumstances of Alonso’s crash on February 22, but McLaren have fervently denied...

March 11, 2015

Since that fateful weekend in Imola in 1994 when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger lost their lives at the San Marino GP, Formula One has made tremendous advancements in safety with no casualties. But as the accident of Jules Bianchi last year in Japan — which has left him in coma — showed motorsport can never take it easy when it comes to safety and Jean Todt, the president of the FIA says that his organisation is committed to promoting safety both on track and on roads. The former team principal and CEO of Ferrari, who was in the city on Tuesday to create awareness and promote road...

March 7, 2015

Visible from the second deck of the Neon Garage, where fans jammed observation windows and gawked down into the Sprint Cup garage, concrete walls traced along the inside of the backstretch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the casino-encrusted skyline of this entertainment oasis on the horizon, as bands of drummers and stilt-walkers and show girls roved the courtyard, fans could be easily distracted from the absence of one of their hometown drivers. Injured in an accident in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway three weeks ago, Kyle Busch faces...

March 3, 2015

Sprint Cup stars should not be used as crash test dummies. It’s a running joke in NASCAR that’s simply not funny. If there’s an inch of unprotected wall at a race track, Jeff Gordon will find it. On Sunday, Gordon was running 10th when he was caught up in a four-car accident triggered by Denny Hamlin on the backstretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon had cleared Hamlin and “stood on the gas”. However, Hamlin tagged Ryan Newman, who clipped Jamie McMurray and shot the No. 1 Chevy straight into Gordon’s Chevy. “After that I was just along for the ride,” Gordon said. “It...

March 3, 2015

It's been nearly 17 years since the call was made to create a soft wall solution for auto racing, but with recent injuries, that system, and its 100 percent installation at tracks has become a headline topic. Racing fans new to NASCAR, or any other professional racing series worldwide will have heard a lot of rumblings recently about the SAFER Barrier, Kyle Busch and now, Jeff Gordon. After some high profile injuries and deaths from heavy impacts with solid and stationary concrete, a call went out to the engineering community to come up with a system that would lessen the impact against...

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