More forgiving raceway barriers are a great idea—but Jeff Gordon's recent crash revealed that not all tracks are properly using them
By Brett Zarda
Posted 03.07.2008 at 3:10 pm 1 Comment
Its likely that the death of Dale Earnhardt has saved lives. From head restraints to stronger frames, significant action has been taken since the NASCAR stars passing to protect other drivers barreling around walled-in tracks at 200 mph. At the top of the list of developments was the SAFER Wall (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction), developed at the University of Nebraska.
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