Sprint cars racing hasn’t had many changes over the years other than the small changes to make the sport safer and more enjoyable. For most of these rules apply to all forms of sprint racing including micro sprints, Non-winged sprints as well as the winged sprints. Each of these classes have also had certain aspects adjusted, which has only been applied to a certain form of sprint racing.
Most of the changes occurred in recent years as new development and safety laws come into play. All cars on are required to use roll cages that will ensure the protection of the driver as well as the fuel tank. The roll cage is there to ensure the driver is kept safe and the fuel tank is not exposed to any damage during an accident. Fuel spillage is a huge concern as the motors run extremely hot and could ignite any access fuel in the case of an accident. However, with the new roll cages and there design, these fuel tanks are better protected and reduce the risk of fuel spillage by a massive amount.
Drivers are also required to wear a 6 point harness safety belt, which will ensure the protection of the driver on any impact. These harnesses strapped to the roll cage and need to consist of a certain grade material. These harnesses could be rather expensive, but very well worth it in the case of an accident. Harnesses are required to be no older than two years.
Drivers are also required to wear a driver suit, consisting of at least two layers with a rating of at least SFI 3.2A/5. Nomax gloves are also a requirement that work worth the driver’s seat to ensure safety in the case of fire. Once the game, the suits can be quite expensive, but I’m sure all readers can see the importance of the suits.
Helmets are required to be full face and have to pass the Snell 2000 rating. Many drivers preferred to insert additional foam around the roll cage where the drivers head is situated to decrease the impact when the helmet hits the roll cage. Since these cars are so incredibly fast and sometimes another driver might gently bump into you, the chances of your helmets hitting the roll cage are quite strong. This is not a major concern as far as injuries are concerned, but without the foam a driver can become slightly disorientated from a hard knock. Some sanctioning bodies use a neck and head restraint system with this to ensure drivers are kept safe during any impact or accidents. These are required but not mandatory.
With all these safety requirements, the drivers are kept much safer and away from danger during an accident and typical contact during the race. There are various other aspects that need to be applied to your car to ensure safety for your driver as well as the other drivers on the track.