NASCAR Looking Closely at Safety Standards Following Crashes

Posted on 09 April 2015 by Tony Santos

The auto racing industry lost a number of professional drivers over the years. While Max Mosley and others worked effortlessly to create a series of safety standards for Formula 1 racers, drivers in other organizations found that their events lacked the same level of protection that Formula 1 drivers have. Due in part to a recent incident that occurred during the Daytona 500, NASCAR officials plan to look closely at the safety standards currently in place to determine what they should do next. This may lead to new regulations for drivers currently involved in the sport.

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Former Accidents

Legendary auto racer Richard Petty saw his family legacy continue over the years. The son of driver Lee Petty, Richard watched as his son Kyle and his grandson Adam later become racers. Adam sadly passed away in an accident while practicing for an upcoming race, which led to NASCAR introducing some new safety regulations. Fans also watched the heartbreaking death of Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt wrecked while racing in the Daytona 500 and later died at a nearby hospital. NASCAR officials quickly created new racing harnesses and barriers to keep drivers safer.

2015 Kyle Busch Accident

Kyle Busch, driver of the number 18 M&M Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, took part in the Xfinity racing series event at Daytona International Speedway the night before the Daytona 500. With just a handful of laps left in the race, he found himself involved in an accident with another car, which pushed his own car across the track and into one of the barriers. Despite the promise NASCAR made to keep its drivers safe, track officials pulled Busch from his car and rushed him to the hospital. Busch later underwent multiple surgeries and announced that he suffered major damage to both legs that would keep him from competing for several months.

What Happens Next?

Despite the efforts that Mosley and others made to keep drivers in F-1 and other series safe, NASCAR is clearly still behind on the times. Daytona track officials announced plans to install better barriers all around the track, and other track officials announced similar plans for this year and for the 2016 season. Dale Earnhardt Junior, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and other drivers urged NASCAR to look into its current regulations and find new products for drivers. NASCAR will continue investigating and searching for ways to protect the drivers in all its series.

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