By admin | July 31, 2008
By Steve Monday
Motorsports can be dangerous.
Anyone involved in racing knows and understands that accidents can occur anytime during an event. Most often the drivers will walk away relatively unhurt. Other times, the driver sustains a violent impact that appears to be very serious (MWR’s Michael McDowell’s crash @ Texas comes to mind) and yet the driver emerges bruised and perhaps even battered, but otherwise is in reasonable physical condition.
A fellow NHRA sportsman competitor of mine crashed during the NHRA Schuck’s Auto Supply Nationals last weekend at Pacific Raceways. Although he remains in ICU/Trauma at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center with five broken ribs, two lung punctures, severe bruises to both legs, and a bruised heart, his injuries could have been much worse. Thankfully the driver safety equipment he used coupled with the safety features of his race car probably saved his life.
He will have an opportunity to race again. Other drivers have not been as fortunate.
Risk is always going to be a part of racing. That aspect will never change in motorsports. Therefore, driver safety should never be taken for granted nor should it ever be compromised. Race cars, race car components, and race car parts can always be rebuilt and replaced. Race car drivers cannot be.
Probably the best piece of advice I ever received regarding racing and driver safety was; never let a nickel get in front of a dollar when it comes to safety equipment.
Think about it.
Steve Monday is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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