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The Motorsport Safety Foundation is committed to generating safety awareness for all motorsport participants with the ultimate goal of reducing racing accidents. The Foundation strives to educate participants on the causes of injury in racing and explain new equipment and best practices so that people understand and adopt them willingly. Browse our collection of research and education articles to discover up-to-date findings and innovations in the sport.

May 11, 2015

The FIA will begin sourcing data and information from hundreds of racing accidents around the world, using the information gathered to guide the future of motor sport safety. The FIA World Accident Database (WADB) will be used by the FIA and its National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) to log data from accidents; including vehicle and procedural information, as well as medical and other repercussions. Jean Todt, President of the FIA, believes that the new process will help provide the best possible information for the engineering of safety solutions in motor sport. “The database will be the...

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 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...

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...

October 1, 2012

They couldn’t be more different, these two tracks that are bringing Formula 1 racing back to the United States. The 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas, under construction outside Austin, Texas, is carved into rolling hills previously occupied by scrubby mesquite trees and big rattlesnakes. It is set to host its inaugural Grand Prix in November. If all goes according to plan, next year’s Formula 1 schedule could add a second U.S. stop. The Port Imperial Street Circuit winds along existing commercial and residential streets in New Jersey, including the Port Imperial ferry terminal and West New...

December 8, 2010

A strong FIA Institute delegation has visited the US over the last two weeks to participate in a number of high-level conferences and meetings with key stakeholders in US motor racing. The Institute participated in major events at both the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) in Indianapolis on 29-30 November and the Annual Congress of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) in Orlando on 7-8 December. Leading members of the FIA Institute's safety and sustainability divisions gave presentations at the Safety and Technical Conference, part of the...

July 1, 2010

The FIA Institute working alongside ProDrive to develop and improve specifications, guidelines and the construction of Roll Over Protection Systems (ROPS) for rally and circuit cars. The FIA Institute’s new ROPS project aims to improve driver safety by improving current materials and technologies, and establishing best practices. It is intended that this project will deliver specifications that exceed the requirements of current FIA regulations in order to provide drivers with improved protection during accidents whilst ensuring consistent fabrication methods. World...

April 12, 2010

Funding through the Motor Sport Safety Development Fund has been approved for 64 motor sport safety and sustainability related projects from national sporting authorities (ASNs) around the world. Over €5 million in grants will be distributed to help fund these projects in 2010. National sporting authorities submitted funding applications under each of the three safety programme categories relating to young drivers, officials and facilities. Funding applications were required to meet a range of criteria and in particular needed to demonstrate an alignment to the FIA...

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...

July 21, 2001

The ideal crash barrier is no barrier at all. However, the only applications of this in motor sport that I can think of are at Bonneville and the Black Rock desert, used for Land Speed Record attempts. At these sites there are several miles in every direction between the track and the mountains and, even through a telephoto lens the vehicles seem a very long way away from the spectators and viewers. Barriers are necessary on race circuits to enable spectators and TV cameras to get close enough to the action, without being exposed to the danger of being hit by an out of control car. Fig.1...

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