Formula One racing safety has improved significantly since the first race was held in 1950. At that time there was no medical backup and very few, if any, safety precautions. Since then Formula One has made so many advancements in technology, that the organization is now considered the leading example of safety and innovation in motorsports. Some of these important advances in safety have been made in recent years. One of the major changes is how racing stewards approach their analysis of race incidents. Race stewards now use a video analysis system, more information, where incidents are shown online, along with any explanation and evidence of why a ruling was made. Beginning in 2010, former Formula One drivers began assisting race stewards in making decisions about incidents. Permanent panels of three FIA (The FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de lâ€™Automobile) stewards are also joined by one local steward at each race to assist in assessing incidents. The safety of Formula one cars and equipment has also improved greatly. Minimum dimensions are now required for roll bars on cars. This is to maintain the safety of the roll bar structure and avoid designs that would compromise this. There were also new helmets introduced recently that feature a strip across the top of the visor. The goal behind this design is to reinforce the weakest part of the helmet.
If your dream is to work as a member of the pit crew on a professional auto racing team, you have your work cut out for you, but it is possible to reach your goal. Here are some tips.
Even if you know how to do some basic automotive repairs, take some courses at your local tech school. This not only will help you master a variety of repair basics and advanced techniques with which you may not be familiar, but it also will provide you with a written record and proof of (more…)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. certainly sells his share of merchandise in NASCAR. The sport’s most popular driver boasts more hats, shirts, jackets, and pants than any other drive by a wide margin. Stores sometimes have a lot of trouble keeping his merchandise in stock. Every Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan wants to have his logo on the latest styles of sports clothing. With millions of fans around the world, it’s easy to see why his merchandise is sold more than the other drivers. His calm, cool demeanor attracts fans today more than his (more…)
The most prestigious event in all of auto racing is undoubtedly the Indianapolis 500. Held every year over Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 500-mile race takes a total of 200 laps.
With a rich history that spans back more than a century, the Indianapolis 500 is a staple of auto racing in America. One of the coolest things about this legendary race is its incredible tradition. Perhaps the Indy 500′s most unique and well-known convention is the “milk tradition.” Every year, the winner of the race drinks a bottle of milk in victory lane. This practice started in 1936, when driver Louis Meyer drank a bottle of buttermilk after winning the race for the third time. A local milk industry executive saw a marketing opportunity and made an effort to have subsequent winners repeat the act. It eventually stuck.
Dubbed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500 attracts more than 400,000 spectators each year, making it the largest single-day sporting event on the planet. With a total payout of more than 13 million – including 2.5 million to the winner – the 500 also features one of the richest payouts in all of sports. The race usually consists of a 33-car field, arranged in a grid of eleven rows of three cars.
As someone who has both been there and watched it on television, going to the race is obviously the best way to experience its allure. However, this isn’t always possible. So, if you’re going to catch the race on TV next Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to watch it in HD – it’s much better that way. I ordered my HD service from DIRECTV at http://www.rasertech.com/dishvsdirectv.html, and the picture is stunning.
Dario Franchitti will try to take back-to-back checkered flags next year at the 97th running of the Indy 500. Make sure to tune in. It’ll be well worth your time.
The concept of safety in Indy Car racing is an oxymoron at first glance. High school students did not have to watch driver education movies that portrayed the dangers of parallel parking. They had to watch the crash results of high speed driving. Despite this fact, there is still ways to make Indy Car racing safer for the drivers while retaining the excitement for the fans.
The IndyCar Series management announced plans to modify the IndyCars for better driver protection. One proposal is three inches (more…)
NASCAR, one of the most popular sporting events in the U.S. has become more than just to watch on the t.v. or in person. It has become one of the most exciting new ways to bet/ gamble amongst friends and family for a little extra entertainment. Many of the local newspapers around the world have set up a web page that you can have a sort of “fantasy draft” of drivers for each race in the Nextel/Sprint Cup series. Most of the local papers also give away prizes such as cash, gift (more…)
Held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, the race called “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” is the Indianapolis 500. Indianapolis Motor Speedway (aka The Brickyard) hosts the event, which began in 1911, and participants drive open-wheel, or Indy Cars,
Pete DePaolo, in winning the 1925 race, became the first driver to average more than 100MPH (101.1) over 500 miles. One of Indy’s unique traditions began in 1936 when Louis Meyer, after winning his third 500, requested milk in the wiiner’s circle, a practice that continues to this day.
Racing resumed in 1946, and under new owner Tony Hulman, major renovation took place at the Speedway, (more…)
Motorsports are sports that primarily utilize a motorized vehicle. These sports can include races with vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, planes, boats, and even lawnmowers. The biggest and most popular association in motorsports is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The Indy Car and Formula One are also widely popular motorsport categories.
The biggest motorsport races in the world are the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR Sprint All Star Race, and The (more…)
Formula One racing safety has improved significantly since the first race was held in 1950. At that time there was no medical backup and very few, if any, safety precautions. Since then Formula One has made so many advancements in technology, that the organization is now considered the leading example of safety and innovation in motorsports. Some of these important advances in safety have been made in recent years.
One of the major changes is how racing stewards approach their analysis of race incidents. Race stewards now use (more…)