CHAMPCAR/CART: Hogan Racing Increases Pit Safety

Hogan Racing Takes Extra Step In Pit Safety for 1999 When Helio Castro-Neves made his first pit stop of the 1999 season last weekend during the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, the six men who greeted his 1550-pound machine were ...

Hogan Racing Takes Extra Step In Pit Safety for 1999

When Helio Castro-Neves made his first pit stop of the 1999 season last weekend during the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, the six men who greeted his 1550-pound machine were better protected from injury in the pits than ever before.

CART requires the use of full face helmets for all participants operating the fuel and vent/air jack systems in each pit box but Hogan Racing has voluntarily outfitted each of its four tire changers with Bell MAG-5 open face helmets to provide an extra measure of safety. The helmets are designed to protect the crewmembers' heads from injury due to a stray tire becoming airborne during a pit stop or other injuries which may be sustained while working on pit road.

"Obviously we look at every angle of safety not only for the car and driver, but for the entire team," said team owner Carl G. Hogan. "I hope that by taking this extra precaution we will be able to raise the bar of safety within the motorsports community."

Each of the helmets will carry the same metallic blue, fluorescent orange, yellow and white design which adorns the team's 23 year-old Brazilian driver's helmet. Each helmet is equipped with a radio to enable communication when necessary

"With the ever increasing level of competition in CART, the pit environment becomes more hectic each season. We wanted to be able to provide our guys with the highest level of safety we could," commented Team Manager Peter Scott.

Source: CART Online

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