Brad Keselowski: 'Racing is dangerous and always will be'
After years of NASCAR making strides and improvements in the area of safety, the topic has once again come to the forefront of the conversation in NASCAR, along with Formula One.
Within the last month, Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso were both sidelined due to injuries suffered in wrecks. Alonso suffered a concussion in a testing accident, while Busch suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg, as well as a mid-foot fracture of his left foot, both of which required surgery.
In the world of NASCAR, the majority of the conversation has focused on installing Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers at all racing facilities. NASCAR, as well as Speedway Motorsports Inc. and International Speedway Corp., have said they will examine each facility and make the appropriate improvements.
Prior this past weekend's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the track installed 150 linear feet of protective barriers, including tire packs and jersey barriers. Still, four-time champion Jeff Gordon somehow hit a concrete wall with the nose of his car, raising the ire of the Hendrick Motorsports driver and many of his competitors.
With safety once again a main talking point, former Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski took to his personal Twitter account Tuesday afternoon to offer some brief thoughts on the subject.