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NASCAR Gets First Look At Driver Safety Rule At Michigan; IndyCar Follows Suit
Published August 18, 2014
MAKING THE RIGHT CALL? ESPN analyst Rusty Wallace said, "It helps the drivers help themselves. If they get so frustrated they're going to jump out of their car and sling something or do something, it helps them calm down, it helps them stay under control. It really is a great decision" ("NASCAR Countdown," ESPN, 8/17). In N.Y., Viv Bernstein wrote it still is "hard to know whether drivers will heed this new mandate in the heat of the moment." Driver Jimmie Johnson said, “Will that stop a driver that’s really upset? I don’t know. It’s hard to say.” Bernstein noted drivers have been "confronting opponents on the track for years, and some fans like to see it." But Johnson said, “I don’t think that entertainment value should come with any safety implications" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/16).
INDYCAR FOLLOWS SUIT: Verizon IndyCar Series Dir of Communications Mike Kitchel said that IndyCar "reviewed its safety guidelines" following the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr.'s, and the protocol is "similar to what NASCAR announced Friday" (AP, 8/16).