As auto racing has evolved so has the equipment and the ideology behind keeping everyone safe. As the cars became faster, the crowds became larger and the tracks bigger, safety on all levels became top of mind whether you are a car owner, driver, track owner or spectator watching your favorite teams race their way to victory. Safety innovations in racing have come in many facets. Some innovations or concepts you can’t wear or see through, they can even be safety rules or regulations mandated to help keep you safe.
- Larger sanctioned racing bodies like the American Automobile Association started endorsing the use of mainstream safety equipment as early as the 1930’s.
- Regulating safety requirements became commonplace in the 50’s when USAC United States Auto Club was formed and re-sanctioned, adding more structure to sprint cars, midgets, sports cars and stock cars.
- The SEMA Foundation Inc. or SFI was created in 1978 as a non-profit organization to issue and administer standards for specialty/performance, automotive and racing equipment.