You are here:

Auto Racing/Auto racing danger


1. What is the danger of racing from the mechinacal aspect?
2. Is the danger of racing increase or decreased from the past?
3. Why the mordern techonology can not prevent the accidents in autoracing.
4. Auto racing will really improve the auto mobile industry or just for money?
5. the last question is what do you think about the future of auto racing?

Racing danger comes from extreme high speeds, and the risk of collisions with other objects.  Things like the retaining walls, other race cars on track, and other obstacles in the racing area.  Speeds up to about 200 miles per hour  (320 KPH) are possible and sudden deceleration from striking an immovable object at that speed can be severe enough to be fatal to the driver.  

The dangers of auto racing have diminished dramatically over the years. Drivers are now protected by a stiff cage structure inside the car which protects them from impact of other cars , or roll-overs.  Also their seats are designed to contain the driver fully and cushion him from bruising if the car suffers severe impact. Modern helmets are also heavily padded and protect the drivers head from anything but the most severe traumatic injuries. Modern race cars are equipped with a fire suppression system which will control a fuel or oil fire long enough for the driver to escape without injury.

Modern technology cannot prevent accidents in ANY human effort. They're going to happen, best to be prepared for them.

Auto racing improves auto safety, and drivability through the experimentation of auto builders and drivers who invent various things to help the driver to prevail .  We have seat belts, rear-view mirrors, double licking mechanisms on doors, and padded headliners all do to racing inventions.  Also improved brakes (disc brakes were first used by Jaguar in the Le Mans race in France in the 50's) and vastly improved handling.

The future of auto racing is in the hands of racers themselves.  It must be kept safe for the spectators, and in expensive for the participants. This requires the participation of everyone.  

I hope this is a help. it's NOT my area of expertise

Dan Liddy
Sarasota, Florida  

Auto Racing

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Dan Liddy


Anything concerning race cars, 20 years competition experience, Senior Competition Driver Instructor , car builder, mechanic, welding, fabrication, tuning , engine modifications, set up, suspension design. Specializing in Datsun/Nissan products. Please submit questions about RACE CARS ONLY. No street cars, no video game scenarios Thank you.


I have been racing for 20 years, I have been the Central Florida SCCA Regional Championship points for 5 years running, and won the championship in my class 2 times. During my first start in the 60's I won many solo awards and the State Championship Drags. I serve as a senior instructor for SCCA, and have taught in Mercedes AMG events at Daytona, and Dodge Viper Days at Sebring International. I have been in the thick of the competition for all of my career. At one time or another I have driven race cars at speeds nearing 195 MPH. It's quite a ride !

©2017 All rights reserved.