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November 10, 2009

A Worthwhile Gathering in The Racing Capitol of the World

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:23 am

Moonshine RunningCup RacingMany folks who are in the safety business will be conducting a Safety Conference trade show in Indianapolis on December 1st. This is the first one ever held and the list of stars in that field is very long and illustrious, including:

  • Robert Hubbard, who invented the HANS device.
  • Dean Sicking, the Nebraska professor who created the SAFER barrier
  • Dr. Terry Trammell, who has put broken race car drivers back together for a long time.
  • Representatives of every major series in the world.

DuhIt is fitting that the first will be held in the city that introduced many safety features to the sport that are second nature today. How would you like to be a fly on the wall for that?2006 San Jose Grand Prix I have a feeling this will be time very well spent and the folks who will be there all in the same place can definitely advance the safety aspect of the sport.

By the way, a lot of us have been thinking about the rescue of the Milwaukee Mile by the former promoters and John Menard. That venue needs to go back on the 2010 schedule, particularly given the feet dragging about another god-forsaken temporary circuit in Brazil.



  1. I thought Tony George invented the SAFER? He should be invited to this conference. The SAFER is the single most important invention of the last 100 years of racing. It’s a shame that Nascar tries to steal the credit for this. The HANS device wasn’t nearly as great as it was made out to be. CART tried to make it out to be the best thing since sliced bread since they were using it first. I think had Dale Earnhardt hit the wall at Daytona with a Hans device, he would still be dead, but had he hit it without a HANS, but the SAFER been there, he would still be alive today.

    Editor’s Note: You should learn how to:
    A. Read.
    B. Comprehend the words.

    Tony George did not invent the SAFER. He funded most of it with IMS money. A team at the University of Nebraska invented it.

    I believe he is invited to the conference.

    It is a shame NASCAR tries to lift history that does not belong to them. They do that a lot.

    I think had Dale used safety equipment the way the manufacturer recommended it be used he might still be walking around warm.

    Comment by Billy Bootlicker — November 10, 2009 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  2. Driver/ spectator safety has come a long long way in our lifetime…yet so far to go.

    Comment by tim nothhelfer — November 11, 2009 @ 12:39 am | Reply

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