What Are the Biggest Health Risks for NASCAR Drivers, Aside From Car Crashes?
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Answer by Lisa Borodkin, Covered NASCAR for LAist.
I can only speak for NASCAR, but car crashes are not in fact a big health risk for NASCAR drivers. Due to all the increased safety measures since the fatal crash that killed Dale Earnhardt in 2001, there has not been a driver fatality in a NASCAR race since 2001. Crashes are one of the least hazardous aspects of the sport.
NASCAR radically revamped its safety measures, introducing the kill switch, restrictor plate, SAFER barrier, HANS system and Car of Tomorrow.
Driving the Car of Tomorrow in a race is many times exponentially safer than driving the average consumer automobile on any given public road. In the wrecks you see wh
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