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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...

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. 

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