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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...

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...

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