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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...

June 8, 2015

IMSA announced Monday that the response worker injured at Belle Isle has been discharged from the hospital and he has returned home to continue his recovery. James Davison lost control of his No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 on the wet track and rear-ended a stationary safety truck in the Belle Isle race, with the left front of his car going underneath the truck and lifting it off the ground. The crash involved three other competitors as well as two safety workers. One of the safety workers suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and damage to his spleen and kidney. In the wake of...

June 5, 2015

In the wake of the accident that occurred during last month's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, there has been much debate about current best practices for safety car deployment. James Davison lost control of his No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 on the wet track and rear-ended a stationary safety truck, with the left front of his car going underneath the truck and lifting it off the ground. The crash involved three other competitors as well as two safety workers. According to IMSA, one of the safety workers suffered broken ribs, a...

June 5, 2015

The issue of a race car hitting a safety vehicle has raised its ugly head again and with it, question of a more widespread use of  a Virtual Safety Car. In the very closing stages of the IMSA / United Sports Car  race in Detroit, the TRG-Aston Martin Racing 007 driven by James Davison crashed into a safety truck which had pulled out on track to attend to another car which had just gone into the barrier. Fox Sport's coverage of the incident was pretty lousy but we spoke with out friend, current Pirelli World Challenge GTA championship leader and MOMO boss Henrique Cisneros, who...

April 16, 2015

Various organizations are becoming more proactive in their approach to motorsports safety through education. And leading the charge is SFI in Poway, California, which, since its inception in 1978, has served the industry with a system of developing and administering various minimum performance standards, certifications and testing criteria for products used in motorsports. The organization has approximately 100 Quality Assurance Specification Programs used by over 200 member sanctioning bodies all over the world. Most recently, in an ongoing effort to address safety proactively, NASCAR has...

April 9, 2015

Episode 31: Motorsport Safety Foundation's Scot Elkins This week on the show we continue the talk of motorsports safety with none other than Scot Elkins. After serving IMSA as their Managing Director of Technical Regulations, Scot took a position as Race Director in the Mazda Road to Indy series' USF2000 and Pro Mazda. He's also joined the Motorsports Safety Foundation as their Chief Operating Officer. We talk to Scot about the recent safety issues in motorsport. He introduces the Motorsport Safety Foundation, their mission, and founding. We also get to talk to Scot about some of the...

April 8, 2015

The Motorsport Safety Foundation's Founder & President Henrique Cisneros & COO Scot Elkins discuss racing and safety on the Heels on Wheels radio program. 

March 1, 2015

One of the key off-season moves has been that of Scot Elkins (above, center), who has gone from being IMSA’s technical chief to landing new opportunities in the Mazda Road to Indy paddock and the motorsports industry in general. His latest appointment was made last month, when the former ALMS executive was announced as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Motorsport Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving safety standards in racing. Founded by NGT Motorsport driver Henrique Cisneros last year in memory of teammate Sean Edwards, who was killed in a...

October 20, 2014

NGT Motorsport team owner Ramez Wahab has established one of the most respected Porsche customer teams in North American sports car racing, and has decided to shift his program's focus from endurance to sprint racing next year. After participating in the inaugural season TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GTD category, Wahab's Florida-based effort will cast its lot with the Pirelli World Challenge series in 2015, joining newly crowned GTD champions Turner Motorsport in the move. "GTD we're not going to do next year," Wahab told RACER. "Our plan is to run four to...

July 29, 2014

This race focused series of The Wheel Men Show covers stories and results of the recent race weekend along with driver and team incites of the events. Jay and Gorilla Steve work to bring opinions on all things involved in the sports car racing world. This week we will talk about the safety of the sport we love. We will be talking with Henrique Cisneros from the Motorsport Safety Foundation. What the mission of the foundation is and how they plan to help the motorsports community improve the sport and the safety for all drivers, team members, and track staff. We look forward to speaking...

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