Safety changes announced by NASCAR

March 6, 2012 by  

To protect safety vehicles on the track as well as the workers that drive these vehicles, NASCAR announced on March 4th, after the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, that it was planning to make safety changes by having an additional pace car with its lights flashing behind the last jet dryer car. Drivers of jet dryers will also be required to wear helmets and safety suits.

This change was implemented at the Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s Cup race and will be implemented in the future national series events that include Nationwide, the Sprint Cup, and Trucks. NASCAR will no doubt be using printing services to print flyers and brochures with further details so that all who participate in races will be aware of these safety changes. Teams were also made aware of these changes at a pre-race drivers’ meeting on Sunday at Phoenix.

These changes are the result of an accident that occurred last week in the Daytona 500 where Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a jet dryer that was filled with kerosene, causing a huge explosion. They will also make NASCAR’s policies more like that of the IndyCar Series in which all safety workers are required to wear fire suits and helmets.

Jeff Gordon, for-time Cup champion, commented on Friday that he was surprised that the driver of the jet driver did not have on any safety gear. He added that taking the announced steps to make driving safer will be good for the race. NASCAR officials said they would look further into the accident to see if they can make the race safer.