CHAMPCAR/CART: Head restraint mandated for all 2002 races

FONTANA, Calif.--Championship Auto Racing Teams' Franchise Board, which is comprised of CART's franchise-holding team owners, voted Friday to require that each driver in CART-sanctioned racing series wear a HANS device, or similar CART-approved ...

FONTANA, Calif.--Championship Auto Racing Teams' Franchise Board, which is comprised of CART's franchise-holding team owners, voted Friday to require that each driver in CART-sanctioned racing series wear a HANS device, or similar CART-approved neck-restraint technology, beginning in 2002.

The decision mandates that drivers in the FedEx Championship Series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship and the Barber Dodge Pro Series wear such devices for each race beginning next year.

"We required the HANS device on ovals this season and, as we have evaluated the use of neck-restraining technology this season, we decided it is in the best-interest of our sport -- as well as those who participate in it -- to mandate the use of this technology in every race, starting next year," said John Lopes, CART senior vice president of racing operations. "We believe this decision enhances the level of safety in our sport."

The CART Board also voted to require a change in the construction of Champ Cars that will add an anti-penetrating layer of material to the monocoque, or tub, of each car beginning with the 2002 season.

"As we have conducted comprehensive research on our cars, we have concluded that we can effectively add more protection to the side area of the cars to help minimize the possibility of penetration in the event of an accident," said Lopes. "This requirement will go into effect with the start of the 2002 season."

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