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April 22, 2015

Bosses at Abu Dhabi’s Formula One venue seal agreement with National Ambulance. Abu Dhabi: Bosses at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit announced on Wednesday that they had signed a long-term Memorandum of Understanding with National Ambulance to ensure the safety of visitors. The announcement follows a recent meeting between Al Tareq Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit, and deputy CEO of National Ambulance, Ahmad Al Hajeri. The pair discussed their shared commitment to continual improvement of health and safety standards at the circuit and further strengthening the...

April 21, 2015

The Pirelli World Challenge series should be in the midst of an epic season. Car counts have increased exponentially; exotic GT3 machinery from a cadre of manufacturers pack the PWC GT and GT-A grids and, for good measure, a new class has been added featuring Porsche Cup cars. Sadly, after three events, the lasting impression has been one of flared tempers, wrecked cars, and a series that has minimal control – or respect – from its drivers once the starting lights begin to dim. Veteran drivers are causing just as much mayhem as the amateurs, and with a season that feels like it has...

April 17, 2015

Sam Schmidt was in the cockpit of a black Corvette C7 Stingray as the car zipped across the pavement of a simulated road course while practicing for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend. A warm wind was blowing across the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana as Schmidt accelerated out of a curve, speeding past a small gathering of onlookers, then receding into the distance. The real action, however, was happening inside the car, well out of view to fans enamored with speed and the allure of his highly modified Corvette.  Schmidt, a quadriplegic who is unable to use his hands...

April 16, 2015

Fines and points penalties have been reduced, but the suspensions of all three RCR team members remain at six races. After an eight hour hearing, the National Motorsports Appeals Panel (made up of John Capels, Hunter Nickell, Dale Pinilis) has made the decision to alter the penalties handed down to Richard Childress Racing, by NASCAR. The punishment remains at the P5 level, but has been reduced in two areas. The panel maintains that RCR is guilty of purposely tire manipulation The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 fine, a six-race suspension and probation...

April 15, 2015

INDYCAR announced the following post-event infractions from the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, the Verizon IndyCar Series race held April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La.     • INDYCAR officials have penalized driver Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport for violating Rule 9.3.3 (avoidable contact). Hunter-Reay was penalized three points in the drivers point standings and placed on probation for three races.      • INDYCAR officials have penalized driver Francesco Dracone of Dale Coyne Racing for violating Rule 7.10.1.8 (contact with personnel)....

April 15, 2015

V8 Supercars will introduce mandatory tyre pressure sensors from the next round in Perth onwards. The sensors, made by Beru f1 Systems, will supply live tyre pressure data back to the pit-wall, and are to be introduced to help the category monitor a 17 psi minimum tyre pressure limit that was introduced after three tyre failures at the Perth round in 2014. The system will also help play its part in the safety of the drivers, with teams able to properly monitor, and detect, a deflating tyre before an accident occurs. "When we as a category are in a position to improve the way we monitor...

April 15, 2015

Kyle Busch said Wednesday that the crash at Daytona that resulted in a broken right leg and broken left foot was the hardest wreck he's ever had in a racecar. Since his wreck in the Xfinity Series race in February, the only updates on the driver have come from social media. But on Tuesday, Busch made his first public appearance since the crash. Busch spoke with reporters at Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, N.C., and walked them through the the wreck from the moment his car turned sideways until it slammed head-on into a concrete wall at the 2.5-mile speedway. After...

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...

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