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May 11, 2015

Police plan to reconstruct a fatal rally crash that killed a six-year-old Dalyellup boy and seriously injured his brother and sister in a bid to find out what caused the tragedy. Relatives and friends of the traumatised family from the small South West town were offering love and support yesterday, as the condition of the brother and sister improved in Princess Margaret Hospital. With a specialist motorsport safety officer flown in to help police at the crash site in Donnelly River, driver Doug Tostevin was questioned by police about the crash. And while questions continued about safety...

May 6, 2015

The Barcelona circuit has added a CCTV camera to the exit of Turn 3 - the corner where Fernando Alonso had his pre-season accident - ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. Alonso's crash during testing at the end of February led to wild speculation about what caused it, with McLarenblaming a gust of wind, a theory Alonso himself later dismissed. The only video made public was amateur footage of the aftermath of the crash. Now Spanish Grand Prix organisers have added a new camera to the exit of the corner ahead of the race and the test that will take place at the Spanish track...

May 6, 2015

Richard Childress Racing is requiring all its over-the-wall pit crew members to wear fire-protective head socks and is looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear after pit fires at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, the team confirmed to NASCAR Talk. Two crew members from Brendan Gaughan’s Xfinity team were injured in a  pit fire April 24 at Richmond. Gas man Josh Wittman was hospitalized overnight before he was released. Rear tire changer Anthony O’Brien was released April 27 from a hospital. A member of Eric McClure‘s pit crew,...

May 4, 2015

Photo Credit: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator Crash into pit a ‘fluke,' track owner says. Five people were injured when a race car went over a low course wall at the Flamboro Speedway on the season's first night of racing. Hamilton police are investigating what the owner called a "fluke" crash into a pit area Saturday at around 8:30 p.m.  All of the injuries were minor.  "The car got out of control," said John Casale, co-owner of the race track at 5th Concession West in Millgrove. "Car racing is a dangerous sport. We try to do the best we can, but things do happen...

May 3, 2015

Photo Credit: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator At least five people were reported injured, including a child, when a race car went over the wall at the Flamboro Speedway Saturday evening. Injuries are believed to include a broken leg and cuts. Some of those hit have hurt necks, hands and ankles. The car went over the wall in Turns One and Two at around 8:30 p.m., on the season's first night of racing.  The driver had to be extricated and multiple ambulances were sent to the race track at 5th Concession West in Millgrove.  Flamboro Speedway cancelled the rest of...

May 1, 2015

Before the mainstream sports obsessions, school dances, awkward teen years, supremely fun college parties, graduating, finding a wonderful woman and eventually settling down, there was Formula One.  (Editor’s note: Today marks the 21st anniversary of the death of racing legend Ayrton Senna. Here to reflect on that is Gregson Mathe from Shifting Lanes. -PG) F1 was my first love. The love of my life when I was a kid. Broadly, racing was my life. My father planted the gearhead seed early and that grew to become a towering tree quickly. Weekends were spent watching F1, NASCAR, and...

May 1, 2015

Driver Brad Smith survived a huge, scary hit with 25 laps to go in the ARCA race on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. Smith's car slammed hard into the inside wall -- which was protected by a SAFER barrier that absorbed at least a portion of the blow -- after getting hit from behind by the No. 98 car driven by Austin Wayne Self. Both cars were completely destroyed, and Smith limped to a waiting stretcher and was placed in an ambulance after being cut from his car and initially taken to the infield care center. Adam Alexander of FOX Sports reported that Smith was "transported to a local...

April 30, 2015

An accident caused injury to Kazuki Nakajima. Toyota Gazoo Racing endured a difficult start to the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps weekend due to a heavy accident for the #1 car in terrible conditions. Opening practice for the second round of the World Endurance Championship took place in continuous rain which contributed to an accident for Kazuki Nakajima, who hit the back of a slow-moving Audi #8 on the fast Kemmel Straight. The impact damaged the monocoque but more significantly caused injury to Kazuki. After complaining of back pain immediately after the incident, he was assessed...

April 28, 2015

In a frightening crash on Sunday afternoon at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, east of Seattle, Late Model racer Shane Mitchell’s car got airborne and landed on top of the turn 1 wall, before catching fire. Mitchell suffered a back injury in the crash and was unable to exit the burning car by himself, so a brave race official stepped in to help. The popular driver will reportedly be spending a few days in hospital to deal with some spinal fractures. The video is tough to watch, but race organizers from all over, especially those involved in small town oval track racing, should be looking...

April 27, 2015

The Stand 21 Safety Foundation held its fourth annual seminar at the Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach weekend, attracting an audience of close to a hundred from many widely diverse types of motor racing. Attendees came from the world of sports cars, Indy cars, drag racing, off-road racing, land speed-record setting, drifting, time attack, midget racing and motorcycles, in the role of professional drivers, sportsman drivers, auto manufacturers, motorsports reps and sanctioning body personnel, all there to learn about better protection at the track. "Racing is a passion shared by all the...

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