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August 21, 2015

North American Sportscar's Ben Wedge joins Dusty for a great conversation with Scot Elkins and Henrique Cisneros of the Motorsport Safety Foundation. We've had COO Scot Elkins on before, but Founder and President, Henrique is a first time guest. We discuss the survey MSF published earlier this year that was distributed to fans, safety workers, and drivers. The survey collected some interesting data from the aforementioned groups regarding safety car deployment during a race. Join us as we discuss valuable insights from this survey. The Racer.com article that we reference can be found ...

August 13, 2015

If you're an avid football fan, you can't go play a fun game of football in your favorite team's stadium. If you play tennis, the opportunity to play on center court at Wimbledon isn't available. But if you're a fan of Formula One, Indy cars, or any other form of racing, and if you're a fan of cars and driving, you can sign up to participate in an HPDE or track day event, and experience the thrill of driving on some of the same tracks that elite-level pro drivers do. That's the beauty of our sport. It's accessible. That's also the danger with our sport. Let me explain. -...

July 28, 2015

The first attempt at bringing top-of-the-line safety equipment to the grassroots racing masses – particularly those who can’t afford high-ticket items like HANS devices and high-tech helmets – was an unqualified success. The Motorsport Safety Foundation, formed last year, debuted its “Race With Restraint” initiative this past weekend at the 24 Hours of LeMons at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. “It went amazingly well,” said Scot Elkins, chief operation officer of the MSF. “We came here with six HANS devices and six helmets. We ended up renting all of the HANS devices we had and...

July 24, 2015

Among the biggest risks of grassroots racing is oftentimes the lack of adequate safety equipment, particularly head-and-neck restraint devices and upgraded helmets. One of the main reasons drivers forego such equipment is the cost factor to purchase it. And because most small, independent grassroots tracks mandate only minimal safety equipment standards, drivers typically put any available money into their race vehicle instead of themselves. That tendency may start to see a change for the better as the Miami-based Motorsport Safety Foundation begins a new national initiative...

July 18, 2015

Death in racing is always a hard thing to swallow, no matter the driver or individual involved, no matter the age. Yet it’s when drivers are taken before they have the opportunity to reach the zenith of their potential that the hurt cuts deeper. Jules Bianchi, who was 25, is now one of those drivers. Admittedly, Bianchi’s crash last year at Suzuka always had a severity and magnitude that would forever alter his career trajectory. If he survived, he’d need a miracle. If granted that miracle, he’d need another miracle to race again. If he’d secured two miracles, he’d need another chance...

July 1, 2015

We had yet another scary reminder at Road America on Sunday on why safety in motorsports, for the fans, drivers and safety crew, is paramount.  During the CCR Forza Tifosi Challenge support race, a car wrecked and got up into the catch-fencing, taking out 150 feet of it in the process.  Luckily the driver, fans and safety crew near the accident were unhurt.  This is one example that has shown how far we’ve come in safety improvements, but there’s been many recent examples that show how far we still have to go. While guys like Kimi Raikkonen and Niki Lauda are calling for...

June 25, 2015

After the accident at the Detroit Grand Prix in which a safety worker was injured, the Motorsport Safety Foundation conducted a survey on the issue of safety car deployments. The questions, and the tabulated results are shown below. MSF COO Scot Elkins has reviewed the results, and tells RACER the three questions posed to fans, safety workers, and drivers have produced a number of insightful outcomes. Survey Question #1: Should safety vehicles, wreckers or heavy machinery be allowed to be dispatched under local yellow conditions under the best judgment of Race Control, or should they...

June 23, 2015

The Motorsport Safety Foundation has released the results of its survey on safety cars, which polled more than 1,500 total fans, safety workers and drivers on various methods of safety car deployment and full-course cautions. The anonymous survey from the non-profit organization came in response to a number of recent incidents involving safety vehicles on track, including one that left a track worker with serious injuries after being hit by a race car. “The recent incidents that occurred got us thinking,” Motorsport Safety Foundation COO Scot Elkins told...

June 22, 2015

The first season of the NEO Endurance Series had a very special partner who is dedicated to improve the safety standards in real life racing. Today NEO Endurance is proud to announce it will extend its partnership with the Motorsport Safety Foundation for another season. In season 1, NEO donated the $160 to MSF. During the season teams were able to change their roster. For every driver change there was a fee of $5. The money of this fee went to MSF. At the end of the season there were 20 driver changes, resulting in $100 for MSF. Besides the money from the roster changes, NEO...

June 9, 2015

Over the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend, I had a chance to sit down next to Henrique Cisneros, owner of MOMO and driver of the MOMO NGT Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in Pirelli World Challenge's GTA class. As it turns out, there's a lot riding on this driver's shoulders other than the race at hand. Ferrari 458 Racecar Long Beach Front Ryan Jurnecka: So let's start with the team itself. This is your first year in Pirelli World Challenge, coming from the Tudor United SportsCar Series. Why the change? Henrique Cisneros: We started out always in sprint racing. That's where I learned out how to race...

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