This past weekend June 20th, and 21st, the Chicago SCCA Region held their annual June Sprints race at Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wi. This is considered a "major" SCCA event.
While many racers recorded victories and had a great time, an SCCA tragedy occured and an SCCA Club Racer was killed in the E Production race while driving a Madza RX-7, at the young age of 48.
Whether we are club racers or solo racers, SAFETY always needs to be the number 1 issue when on the track.
While some racers/drivers may feel that rules for safety may not mean alot, the incident over the weekend shows that this can be a dangerous sport.
As racers/drivers we all need to step back a little and abide by all safety standards and rules that the SCCA has put in place.
It's a great sport and we as drivers/racers get lots of satisfaction and fun from what we like to do, but we also need to understand the potential hazards and potential injuries that one can face in what we do.
The next time "safety standards and rules" are discussed at a race or drivers meeting be sure to listen up. It's for your own benefit and safety.
So the next time "safety issues or rules" are mentioned, please understand they are there for a reason. One death, is one too many, especially in amatuer racing.