While NASCAR and IndyCar have both made significant safety advancements over the last decade, Jim Downing said he's concerned about drivers in all forms of auto racing.
"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."