(CICERO, Ill.) July 28, 2001-The Barber Dodge Pro Series is the first entry-level professional race series in the world to make use of the HANS Device compulsory. Following the lead of the CART FedEx Series, all Barber Dodge drivers will be ...
(CICERO, Ill.) July 28, 2001-The Barber Dodge Pro Series is the first entry-level professional race series in the world to make use of the HANS Device compulsory. Following the lead of the CART FedEx Series, all Barber Dodge drivers will be required to wear the HANS Device when the green flag drops this afternoon for round 8 of the 2001 series at the Chicago Motor Speedway. The rule is in effect for 2001 for oval races only while consideration is being given to mandate its use at all rounds in 2002.
"Rhonda Trammell and a few other drivers voluntarily used a HANS device in several races last year in the Barber Dodge Pro Series and had no problems with fit and comfort," said Barber Dodge Pro Series Managing Director Jeremy Dale. "We've been very proactive along with Dr. Terry Trammell in supporting the use of the HANS amongst our drivers since last year. CART took the lead and we decided that the time was right for us to do the same. Hopefully capturing drivers this early in their careers will lead to a wide spread use of the HANS Device in the years to follow."
Because HANS is now mandatory in the series its inventors Jim Downing and Dr. Robert Hubbard were extraordinarily helpful and accommodating in putting all of the Barber Dodge drivers at the top of the wait list ahead of several motorsports luminaries.
Dr. Trammell of the CART Simple Green Safety Team has been instrumental in the fitting of the device and among its greatest proponents.
"Basal Skull fractures, which occur when the head accelerates faster than the torso and thus sever the cluster of nerves at the base of the skull, almost always lead to death or permanent neurological damage. Basal Skull Fractures can be prevented relatively easily by ensuring that the head and torso accelerate or decelerate at the same speed. That is what the HANS Device is designed to do," according to Dr. Trammell. "You have to remember that while racing has the stigma of danger, it's always actually been at the forefront of safety. Up until the mid-60's seatbelts weren't commonly used. What it will take is a sanctioning body to require its use and it will one day be as commonplace as the helmet itself."
Barber Dodge Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marc Breuers, and Jay Ricci have worn the HANS device at every round of the 2001 series.