WSORR: Safety innovation set for Owatonna opener

WSORR Innovates with "Safe Banner System" at Owatonna Opener CRANDON, Wis. -- b^0x001cSafety Fast" is a Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing program aimed at developing and utilizing innovations to make the sport safer. With that in mind,...

WSORR Innovates with "Safe Banner System" at Owatonna Opener

CRANDON, Wis. -- b^0x001cSafety Fast" is a Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing program aimed at developing and utilizing innovations to make the sport safer. With that in mind, WSORR has designed and produced a limited number of proprietary on-track banner displays eliminating the use of traditional "banner stakes". The new system will be used for the first time during the Series opener in Owatonna, Minn.

Custom manufactured with flexible plastic slide-in banners, the new system is safer than the traditional method of mounting promotional and SPEED TV banners to steel stakes.

"We are trying to eliminate any potential hazards to drivers during a roll or collision and our new proprietary banner system is a positive move in that direction," said Cliff Flannery, vice president, WSORR and brainchild behind the new deployment system. WSORR received input from track promoters, racers, sponsors and TV field production in creating the new system.

"We have made the system robust enough to withstand 30 mph winds, yet they will crush and flatten easily if an off-road race vehicle rolls or crashes into the banner deployment system," he said.

WSORR places an enormous emphasis on the safety of participants. "We have been running the finest and safest off-road races for 38 years and it was time for us to again innovate and lead the way to develop even safer race conditions for drivers," said Flannery.

The system was first extensively tested and the first scheduled use is on track infields, where off-road racing action can be hot and heavy.

"Our slogan is 'WSORR: Safety Fast'," said Flannery. "And we will continue to be leaders and look at methods to make the sport safer for participants, track workers, media covering the event and fans. Off-road racing is a high-speed, bumping and banging event and like all motorsports, poses certain safety risks, but we are constantly looking at ways to reduce those risks," he said.

First use for the new proprietary WSORR banner deployment system will be at the May 19-20 WSORR season opener in Owatonna, Minn. For more information on the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing and WSORR Tour 2007, visit www.wsorr.com.

-credit: wsorr

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