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February 9, 2018

With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris passed its first on-track test Thursday, a big step toward requiring such devices, perhaps as early as next year. "I think it's definitely a milestone as far as moving forward and moving in the right direction for some more safety initiatives, and we all know the reasons why," the four-time IndyCar series champion said. The only real problem for Dixon, he said, was the lack of airflow made things quite warm. But he described that as "an easy fix." "The cooling thing...

February 8, 2018

Drivers have called for improved safety measures across the top of the Mount Panorama circuit following the race-ending crash in Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. A heavy crash between Ash Walsh, Bryce Fullwood, and John Martin saw the red flag shown and the race declared early, with both Walsh and Martin taken to hospital for further checks. Martin was discharged on Sunday night, while Walsh had surgery Monday on a deep cut to his elbow and was due to return to his Brisbane home Tuesday. However the incident has prompted drivers to voice their concerns, and make calls for...

February 7, 2018

Safety is one of Formula 1's main priorities. Every race, every test, and every rule is designed around safety. While racing is the name of the game, Formula 1 is smart enough to know that the well-being of their teams, fans, and drivers must be the focus of their organization. The creation of the Halo device was motivated by safety and the desire to ensure that the driver's head and neck are protected from debris that may be kicked up during an accident - debris that may even include other cars. FORMULA 1 FACES TREMENDOUS FAN BACKLASH Since Formula 1 ...

February 5, 2018

The first images of IndyCar's windscreen, which will make its testing debut next week on the one-mile Phoenix oval, have been revealed. The cockpit safety device, designed by the series and developed with Dallara, has been in the works for more than a year through the use of computer simulations, computational fluid dynamics software, and in a driving simulator. Made from a material named Opticor produced by PPG, the windscreen is said to be more durable than polycarbonates used in tests conducted by other series. Contrasting the Formula 1-style 'Halo' that makes use of composite tubes...

February 2, 2018

This is why you should never stand outside of a corner on an active rally stage: You could get very, very hurt. Photographer G David LeClair was hit Friday on Special Stage 2 of the Sno*Drift Rally this weekend when a car ran wide off the stage road. The stage was shut down after the incident and LeClair was taken to a local hospital, according to a statement Rally America briefly released, but then deleted from its website. The rally resumed on Special Stage 4. LeClair posted a Facebook update that was shared on several rally groups confirming that he broke his scapulas...

January 31, 2018

Whether you like it or not, Halo will make its full Formula One debut when pre-season testing kicks off in Barcelona on February 26. By that time we'll have seen how the teams have factored Halo in to their 2018 car designs and open-cockpit racing in F1, as we knew it, will be a thing of the past. Below are the key facts you need to know about one of 2018's biggest talking points. What is it? The Halo is a titanium structure that sits above the car's cockpit to protect the driver's head from flying debris. A single vertical pylon supports the structure in front of the driver and the...

January 30, 2018

Formula E has published the first images of its second generation car, due to race in competition from the 2018/2019 season onwards. The fully-electric series is now in its fourth season and has used the same single-make chassis since its inception in 2014. The new-look car will coincide with a step forward in battery technology that will see teams complete a full race distance without the need for a car swap midway through. The new design incorporates the Halo for the first time, which is being rolled out across all new cars competing in FIA-sanctioned series. It also features a striking...

January 29, 2018

Driver Mike Tidaback of Brick Township, Ocean County, was in critical condition Sunday afternoon at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, following a crash in Friday's qualifying for the Three-quarter Midget Gambler's Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. "As per a statement from his wife, Renee, the Tidaback family requests your prayers and their privacy at this time,'' Ernie Saxton, a spokesperson for event promoter Len Sammons Motorsports Productions, said in a release. "They will give updates as they become available." Tidaback, who won the Gambler’s Classic in...

January 26, 2018

The Assen circuit in the Netherlands needs relatively little work to gain the FIA grade one license it needs in order to hold Formula One races. FIA director of Formula One Charlie Whiting recently made his first visit to the circuit and advised its owners on what work is needed to bring it up to F1 standard. The 4.5-kilometer course, which currently has a grade two license, would not require significant alterations to attain grade one. The chief revisions would be to its kerbs and the addition of new safety facilities including TecPro barriers at some corners. A grand prix in the...

January 25, 2018

James Winslow paid tribute to safety standards that saved his life and expert medical treatment received in the UAE A racing driver who suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash at Yas Marina Circuit is slowly recovering from the ordeal.  James Winslow, 34, smashed into a barrier after an apparent brake failure during the Gulf 12 Hours race on December 16. The car had been traveling at speeds of up to 240kph (150mph). He fractured his spine in three places, suffered a broken sternum, a fractured right wrist and internal bruising. He was also hit by post-crash...

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