This weekend's dramatic crash in the Grand Prix of Houston was a fresh reminder that no matter how safe racing becomes, there is always room for innovation.
In a split second, Dario Franchitti's car launched into the air and caught the catch fence. For the most part, the fencing did its job. Franchitti's mangled machine was sent spinning wildly back onto the track, while fans were kept out of extreme danger.
Debris and a section of the fence were sent flying into the grandstands, with 13 people treated for minor injuries. A fan captured the moment of impact on a dramatic cell phone video.
While Franchitti continues to recover, the incident is a tough reminder that in motorsports, increased safety is a constantly moving target.
Sanctioning bodies across the motorsports world have come a long way in improving nearly every aspect of safety. The cars are safer and drivers are more protected than ever before.
However, the threat of danger still looms over racing. For some, that potential danger is a draw, the reason they race or watch, the thrill that keeps them coming back week after week.
Yet it is the job of each sanctioning body to do all in their power to eliminate that threat of danger. Learning from incidents in the past, advances have been made on many fronts.
One of those fronts continues to be the catch fence separating the action on the track and the fans sitting in the grandstands.Keep Reading...