The 2014 Motorsports Engineering Conference was held this past December 9 and 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was sponsored by the University of Indiana Purdue and the Center for Advanced Product Evaluation (CAPE). This conference was held in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, one of the largest racing industry trade shows in the country. These two events bring together racing industry personnel from around the world to see the latest innovations, network, and discuss the most recent challenges faced by the Motorsports community and has a correlation to the NFPA 610 document, Guide for Emergency and Safety Operations at Motorsports Venues.
At the engineering conference several topics where presented such as; driver safety review, manufacture and performance of the FIA8860 Super Helmet, helmet performance comparisons, cockpit Surround Foam evaluation testing, and evaluation of enhanced roll over protection. The roll over protection evaluation included an actual "live" test held at the CAPE facility.
This test was designed to replicate the race car having rolled onto its side from a primary crash then striking the track wall at the top of the roll cage in a resultant secondary crash. This was to determine if the design of the race car roll cage prevented a head strike of the driver. The impact of the crash was measured at 40,000 lbf. and was determined by high speed video that the driver's head did strike the pad with lethal force.
NFPA 610 Guide for Emergency and Safety Operations at Motorsports Venues 2009 edition covers planning, training, personnel, equipment, and facilities as they relate to emergency and safety operations at motorsports venues. To view NFPA 610 go to http://www.nfpa.org/610.