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August 9, 2016

As an audiologist for earEVERYTHING, Inc., hearing is what I do for a living. For over 16 years, I have worked in the motorsport industry and have observed innovation in helmets, fire suits, and tools. There have also been advancements increasing the fan experience through scanners and handheld timing and scoring devices. Yet there is still a huge void for all drivers, crew, safety/track workers, and fans on how to protect their hearing and make more efficient use of radios and these fan devices in the presence of noise. You can find many articles telling you how loud...

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...

October 22, 2013

The merger between GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series has resulted in numerous changes, and in some cases, compromises, to the way each series had previously operated individually. One of the hot topics over last weekend’s ALMS-ending Petit Le Mans was the future of IMSA’s traveling safety team, which has played an integral part of the series since its inception in 1999. However, according to IMSA Safety Team Coordinator John Zilles, his crew was informed last week that changes are on the horizon for 2014, as the sanctioning body falls under the NASCAR umbrella. Zilles indicated that...

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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