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October 21, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS Drivers endure increased thermal and cardiovascular stress during stock car racing. Competitive stock car racing in hot conditions may lead to large fluid losses. Drivers should consider strategies to meet the thermoregulatory challenges. ABSTRACT Heat strain experienced by motorsport athletes competing in National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) may be significant enough to impair performance or even result in a life-threatening accident. There is a need to carefully quantify heat strain during actual NASCAR race competitions in order to faithfully...

August 17, 2016

What are the technical/social implications of introducing head protection into open wheeled formulas? Are the FIA’s preferred concepts for the 2017 season the most applicable solutions?  Paul Richard Hailes, FdSc. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the qualification of BSc (Hons) in Motorsport Engineering in collaboration with  The University of Bath May 2016 1   ABSTRACT This report examines the potential for a suitable solution for head protection in open wheeled, open cockpit formulas within Motorsport. This will take into...

February 22, 2016

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of fans only, click here.

February 21, 2016

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of drivers only, click here.

December 21, 2015

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of safety workers only, click here.

December 7, 2015

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here.

September 8, 2015

A chemical strip changes color to show the force of an impact. When the Steelers and Patriots clash on Thursday night in football's season opener, you'll see 250-pound men slam into each other, head to head, at high speed. And get concussions? There's no easy way to tell. That goes for young athletes, too, whose developing brains are particularly vulnerable to damage if they keep playing after getting a concussion. Sports-related brain trauma sends a quarter-million American kids to the emergency room annually, but symptoms may unfold over hours, days, or even weeks. A material...

November 6, 2013

It’s been a tough year for everyone in racing; we have lost some great drivers but more importantly great men. Two guys that we lost which really hit home with me this year were Allan Simonsen, and Sean Edwards. I never had the chance to meet Allan Simonsen personally, but the respect every driver that did had for him speaks volumes for the talent he had, and the person that he was. I did know Sean Edwards and have driven against him for multiple years in the American Le Mans Series. I did not know him well outside of the car, but he was someone who I had a ton of respect for. Between his...

October 12, 2013

It's taken a few days for the depression and anger to subside.Dario Franchitti's ridiculous, unnecessary trip into and partially through the barriers last weekend during the second race of IndyCar's Grand Prix of Houston continues to be a topic of conversation. 13 people were injured—14 if you include Franchitti, who broke his ankle, fractured two vertebrae, and suffered a serious concussion. Of those who were hit by flying debris and fencing, 11 were treated and released on-site. Two spent time in the hospital and have also been released. The crash even spilled into the tabloids...

November 28, 2004

1 Introduction On Sunday April 29th, 2001, CART was to make its debut at the Texas Motor Speedway. Two hours prior to the green flag, the drivers refused to race on the track. While running practice laps the previous two days, drivers were reaching relatively higher than normal speeds (topping at 236.9 mph) on the oval’s high 24 banked turns. Drivers were subjected to over 5G on their bodies and of the 25 drivers, 21 of them complained of being disoriented and dizzy while racing. Others complained of visual problems and one driver admitted to momentarily passing out on the back stretch and...

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