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Head and neck restraint mandatory 2002 World Challenge

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (January 3, 2002)-SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. has announced that all competitors in its Speedvision World Challenge Championships must utilize an approved head and neck restraint system beginning with the 2002 season. Participant ...

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (January 3, 2002)-SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. has announced that all competitors in its Speedvision World Challenge Championships must utilize an approved head and neck restraint system beginning with the 2002 season.

Participant Bulletin #1-2002 issued December 20, 2001 updated the SCCA Pro Racing Regulations World Challenge section, stating: "The use of an approved (in Article 3.18.8.1) head and neck restraint device, in conjunction with a full-faced helmet is mandatory. Other systems may be approved by the series Technical Director." Article 3.18.8.1 lists the HANS and Hutchens devices as currently approved apparatuses.

"While no device has been proven to completely prevent injury, studies have shown that the use of the HANS and Hutchens devices greatly reduces the risk of head, neck and spinal injuries," said Gary Perry, Speedvision World Challenge Technical Director. "We earlier released a bulletin that suggested the use of such a device, as there were concerns about ample supply for our series, which includes nearly 100 drivers. We've now been assured that supply is not a problem for either device."

The 2002 Speedvision World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships begin March 13-15 at the 50th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

-scca pro racing-

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