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Re: ? for all drivers

Post by ziggy196 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:59 am

as a driver i wear a sfi 5 2 layer nomex suit along with new carbon x underwear,socks and head sock. i purchased a new bell gtx 2 helmet and use 1 year old racing shoes and gloves. i keep a spare suit(sfi 5 2 layer), helmet, underware shoes and gloves in the trailer. i also purchased a new kirkey full adjustable full containment seat because i did not want to mount my other seat in the new car. i wear a hans device witch is held in place with simpson 5 piece belts and refuse to run a car without a halo system in place. as for my racecar i could have used the money i spent on safety equipment to upgrade my program but i would rather make sure that my wife and 4 kids still have me coming home from the track. we all have the choice as to how we wanna play this game and every so many years the game shows us just how serious this can be. the loss of any racecar driver is a tragedy but if we can learn how to keep ourselves safer then their death was not a total loss.

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Post by zipzap » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:35 pm

ziggy196 wrote:as a driver i wear a sfi 5 2 layer nomex suit along with new carbon x underwear,socks and head sock. i purchased a new bell gtx 2 helmet and use 1 year old racing shoes and gloves. i keep a spare suit(sfi 5 2 layer), helmet, underware shoes and gloves in the trailer. i also purchased a new kirkey full adjustable full containment seat because i did not want to mount my other seat in the new car. i wear a hans device witch is held in place with simpson 5 piece belts and refuse to run a car without a halo system in place. as for my racecar i could have used the money i spent on safety equipment to upgrade my program but i would rather make sure that my wife and 4 kids still have me coming home from the track. we all have the choice as to how we wanna play this game and every so many years the game shows us just how serious this can be. the loss of any racecar driver is a tragedy but if we can learn how to keep ourselves safer then their death was not a total loss.

Thanks for posting. :clap: :clap:

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Post by GOSHOW » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:44 am

sprintwrench46 wrote:Two things I see so much that just amazes me is drivers with no head sock on and drivers not latching their shield. I can't count the number of pictures I've see of a car flipping and the drivers shield is wide open because it wasn't latched. Anything from parts, mud or even fire can damage the eyes and the no sock deal is just stupid. It doesn't take much fire to burn through your neck and once that happends your chances of surviving is slim to none. So crew members, get on your drivers a$$ to wear that sock and latch that shield before they hit the track. And thanks for the SFI charts ZZ.
Pretty simple stuff to make your risk factor a whole lot less.. :thumbleft:

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Post by zipzap » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:44 am

sprintwrench46 wrote:Two things I see so much that just amazes me is drivers with no head sock on and drivers not latching their shield. I can't count the number of pictures I've see of a car flipping and the drivers shield is wide open because it wasn't latched. Anything from parts, mud or even fire can damage the eyes and the no sock deal is just stupid. It doesn't take much fire to burn through your neck and once that happends your chances of surviving is slim to none. So crew members, get on your drivers a$$ to wear that sock and latch that shield before they hit the track. And thanks for the SFI charts ZZ.

I agree.

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Post by zipzap » Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:52 am

Time to bring this back up to the top. Sorry to hear a driver was burned a couple weeks ago in a 600 modified :ahhh: :ahhh: .

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Post by XracerX » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:08 am

Was at susky this year for wed night test & tune. Only saw two safety guys in infield with fire extinquishers. Very sad to see this. If they can't\don't want to pay for the full compliment of safety guys, they could of asked the teams if they had any volunteers to man the corners. Certainly not the answer, but hasn't all track owners heard about doug wolfgangs fire? I'm sure he would have loved to have had 6 more people with fire extinquishers, paid or not. Tracks should have at a minimum of 1 guy in each corner and one on the center of each straightaway. They also should wear white or flouro green, yellow... some very bright color for their safety and so as a driver makes slow laps, he can clearly know where to stop in a fire.
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Post by dirtfan13 » Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:41 pm

one thing I do that I would recommend to all drivers is anytime you change anything with your safety equipment, be it a new neck support, or new seat, or even a new car, practice getting out of the car as fast you as you can with your eyes closed. this will help prepare you for if you are in a fire and need out in a hurry, it will show you were the trouble spots may be, such as getting things caught on roll bars.

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Post by hotrodney » Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:40 pm

I wonder what the drivers opinions would be on arm retsraints, window nets, rock screens and head and neck restraints. Are they an important piece of safety gear or could they be a hindrance if you need to get out of the car quickly(fire)? I'm all for safety but I wonder sometimes if more is better or worse. My racing experince is limited to 1 year in go-karts but I don't think I'd be comfortable with anything that severely restricted my body movements or view.
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Post by DavidM » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:53 pm

Anyone questing arm restraints needs to watch this video. Warning very graphic and the driver (Mack McClellan) was injuried.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKfxJ0ASUkg

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Re: ? for all drivers

Post by zipzap » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:03 pm

Just glad AO is going to be ok. But its time to bump up again so someone might find and upgrade safety equipment. Just glad fuel cell came off car so the fire wasn't as bad as it could of been. Arm restraints ?

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Post by cappetta89 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:52 pm

Im going to start racing 358s soon hopefully practice this year but I sat here and talked to my parents tonight about racing safety. I have a top of the line suit thanks to hinchman best suit i could ask for the cost was high but my safety is my number one priority in racing, even though i have a rated 15 suit im gonna still wear under nomex the more protection the better. I made sure to get a good helmet as well. As well as a top of the line butler built seat. Many people said go ahead and practice with only a neck collar and i said no i wouldnt do that i will not test UNTIL i purchase a Hybrid device. Yes im excited to go race but my safety must come first.

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Post by supertc88 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:05 pm

cappetta89 wrote:Im going to start racing 358s soon hopefully practice this year but I sat here and talked to my parents tonight about racing safety. I have a top of the line suit thanks to hinchman best suit i could ask for the cost was high but my safety is my number one priority in racing, even though i have a rated 15 suit im gonna still wear under nomex the more protection the better. I made sure to get a good helmet as well. As well as a top of the line butler built seat. Many people said go ahead and practice with only a neck collar and i said no i wouldnt do that i will not test UNTIL i purchase a Hybrid device. Yes im excited to go race but my safety must come first.
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Re: ? for all drivers

Post by JTR13 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:08 pm

zipzap wrote:Just glad AO is going to be ok. But its time to bump up again so someone might find and upgrade safety equipment. Just glad fuel cell came off car so the fire wasn't as bad as it could of been. Arm restraints ?

It amazes me that he even still has arms the way they were hanging out of the car the way they were, and I'm sure arm restraints would have kept them inside the frame better...

As far as he head though??? I've heard lots of comments about the extra halo bars across the top of the frame... I've heard that yes it would have kept him in the car better so he wasn't hanging out, however with the way that the frame crushed it could have made his neck injury's worse...

My question to everyone is one that I know I've heard of before on different topics... Yes arm restraints, extra bars across the top of the frame, neck restraint systems, etc, are all great for the wreck itself and for the most part reduce injury... But from an extracation stand point, specifically an emergency extracation (like a car sitting on top of fireworks), how much is too much????

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Re: ? for all drivers

Post by Deez Nuts » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:12 am

if you think an extra bar across the top of the frame is bad for extracting the driver...go sit a fendered car sometime. those cars have bars all over the place..heck they even have a roof preventing the driver from being extracted. I don't think I've ever heard of a driver not being extracted fast enough from a fendered car....so if they can get out of one of those alright, then gettin out of a sprinter should be alright as well.

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Re: ? for all drivers

Post by JTR13 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:05 pm

I agree 100% that there is the same issue with fendered cars, and yes I have spent time in a street stock (and hopefully will again soon). I have the same concern for them as I do the open wheelers... I know I'm :deadhorse: with this comment, but at what point do track owners look at track safety for the drivers before they end up so strapped in they can't even reach a tear-off on their helmet?
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