NA-F2000: Formula Ford 2000 mandate HANS device

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (April 4, 2002) -- The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship today mandated that all competitors must utilize the Hubbard Downing HANS (Head and Neck Support) Device beginning in 2003. In an effort to increase driver safety,...

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (April 4, 2002) -- The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship today mandated that all competitors must utilize the Hubbard Downing HANS (Head and Neck Support) Device beginning in 2003.

In an effort to increase driver safety, Technical Bulletin 02-03, issued April 4, 2002, updates the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship Driver Equipment regulations, section 616. The bulletin states: "Beginning in 2003, the Hubbard Downing HANS (Head and Neck Support) Device must be utilized by all drivers during all on-track activities."

While the regulation does not come into effect until 2003, it is strongly recommended that drivers beginning using the device as soon as possible. Currently, the HANS Device is available two weeks after placing an order, at a cost of $1275. Additional information on the device is available at www.hansdevice.com.

"Safety is key component of modern-day motorsports and the HANS Device has shown it significantly reduces the risk of a severe spinal cord injury," said Formula Ford 2000 Championship Chief Steward Beaux Barfield. "Aside from the obvious safety aspect, the introduction of the device in the Zetec Championship further prepares our drivers to move up the racing ladder. After all you have to use it in CART and the IRL, so getting used to it now can only be beneficial. I fully expect the majority of our drivers to be using the device by the oval races at IRP and Milwaukee."

The 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship continues with Rounds Three and Four at Mosport International Raceway, May 18-19, as part of the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend.

-www.usf2000.com-

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