Daytona parent company, ISC, formalizes plan for SAFER barriers
After an extensive review of its facilities kicked off in February, International Speedway Corporation announced Saturday it will install additional Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers at its facilities.
ISC president John Saunders said in a statement that the amount of SAFER barrier being adding would be approximately 54,000 linear feet of soft wall.
"Following February and the completion of Speedweeks in Daytona, International Speedway Corporation, in conjunction with NASCAR, initiated a thorough review and audit of impact-absorbing technologies at our properties. Based on those findings, ISC will install approximately 54,000 linear feet of additional SAFER barrier at its facilities," Saunders said in the statement.
"From now through the end of 2016, ISC will work with Cheaha Construction, Smith Fence Company, and North Industrial Machine, all certified organizations with the University of Nebraska, on this installation. As safety remains at the forefront, ISC will continue to work with NASCAR to evaluate specific locations inside the turns for future safety enhancements."
Prior to this weekend’s events at Daytona, the speedway installed additional SAFER barriers and improved the wall system at the entrance of Turn 1, where Kyle Busch hit an unprotected concrete wall and was injured in the February XFINITY Series race.
ISC, NASCAR, Speedway Motorsports Inc. and other racing facilities on the NASCAR schedule all vowed to increased the usage of SAFER barriers and other safety initiatives after Busch’s Daytona wreck, which resulted in leg and foot injuries that forced him to miss nearly the first three months of the Sprint Cup Series season.