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April 13, 2015

I don’t think I was aware there was a track at Disney World, and this accident that killed a (probable) driving instructor is a tragic way to find out about it. The track is used by the Exotic Driving Experience, and the 24 year-old driver seems to have been a client, and the 36 year-old passenger, Gary Terry, was presumably a driving instructor. [UPDATE: He was an instructor] Terry was the operations manager at the track, and was riding in the passenger seat as Tavon Watson piloted the white Lamborghini Gallardo around the track as part of a five to six lap ‘...

April 7, 2015

The ban on GT3 cars racing at the Nordschleife has been lifted after Germany's motorsports body announced a series of safety measures to be implemented to the track in light of the fatal accident that took place there ten days ago. A strict speed limit at the Flugplatz, Schwedenkreuz and Antiniusbuche sections of the track will be enforced to 200 km/h. The Dottinger Hohe set of the circuit will see a 250 km/h controlled limit. All of the limitations will be enforced by a GPS system. A power reduction of five per cent will also be implemented while access for fans at certain areas of the...

April 4, 2015

NASCAR ovals across the United States have been compelled this week to add extra safety barriers in the wake of Kyle Busch’s leg-breaking crash at Daytona in February. Busch is still recovering from a right lower leg compound fracture and left mid-foot fracture from the impact, sustained in the Daytona Xfinity Series opener. Jeff Gordon’s crash in the Cup race at Phoenix three weeks later, when he struck an unprotected concrete wall on the backstretch, served to speed-up the need for extra SAFER barriers and tire walls. Following safety reviews at all types of oval that NASCAR’s top...

April 1, 2015

NASCAR advises track to install additional tire barriers at TMS. Texas Motor Speedway added a total of 250 feet of tires barriers to 1.5-mile track on the recommendation of NASCAR. The project, which included approximately 450 tires bolted together and secured by a 3/8-inch cable in five different areas along the inner wall, was completed on Wednesday in preparation for next week’s Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series events. "We always follow their advice on safety matters, but they requested we only add 250 feet of tire barriers." - Eddie Gossage "NASCAR officials were here last Sunday...

March 31, 2015

A spectator at Sunday’s IndyCar series opener at St Petersburg was hospitalized with a serious head injury when she was struck by debris during the race, it has emerged. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Brigitte Hoffstetter was walking in the concession area near Turn 10 when she was struck by carbon fibre debris from one of the cars, which had been hurled over 100 yards from the track. Mrs Hoffstetter was treated by fire and rescue workers stationed at the circuit, before being taken to the medical centre and then hospital at Bayfront Health System, where she remained on Monday night,...

March 29, 2015

The German motorsports federation has temporarily banned GT3 cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit following Saturday's fatal incident. A fan died on Saturday during the opening round of the VLN series after the Nissan of Jann Mardenborough got airborne at Flugplatz. The car jumped over the barriers and landed upside down in the spectator area, killing one man and injuring two more. On Sunday, the German motorsports federation, the DMSB, suspended the racing for certain vehicle types at the Nordschleife. Vehicles of the SP7, SP8, SP9, SP10 and SP-X classes will not be...

March 14, 2015

Suffering a structural failure nearing the finish line at 300 miles per hour in a top fuel car is scary, but the extremely rigid safety systems surrounding the driver allowed Larry Dixon to walk away from a terrifying crash. During a race at Memphis 15 years ago, Larry Dixon took a similar ride to the one he experienced during the third round of qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, FL today. The results weren’t nearly as good: he blacked out, broke his leg, got a concussion and had various other maladies that sent him for a trip by helicopter to hospital. And kept him out...

March 13, 2015

The FIA has launched a new online pledge aimed at promoting road safety and committing drivers to obey the rules of the road as part of the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign. Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is supporting the initiative as an ambassador for 2015. Fans, the general public as well as the motorsport and motoring communities are invited to pledge their support and commitment to the FIA’s 10 Golden Rules for safer motoring. The Golden Rules are a set of tips intended to help motorists improve their driving behaviour and remind them of their...

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...

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