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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jim Downing
"It's not news that weekend warriors are often at greater risk when it comes critical or fatal injuries than pro drivers in major series," Downing said. "All of us in the motor racing safety business are aware that sanctioning bodies, track promoters, car builders and drivers need to put a greater focus on safety on the short tracks, road courses and drag strips where many competitors race each weekend."
"We sometimes get criticized for drawing attention to the appalling rate of deaths in motor racing among weekend warriors," Downing said. "But it's part of our responsibility to keep the entire community informed. It's been almost two decades since Ayrton Senna was killed by a piece that came off his car, for example, yet we're still having accidents where this problem takes place or where a roll cage doesn't hold up. The over-all pattern confirms safety practices are well below par for weekend warriors."