NASCAR to introduce new safety changes after pit fire
18 May 2015
Three weeks after three crew members were injured in a pit-road fire at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia, NASCAR will implement safety changes starting on June 1, according to Fox Sports. The sanctioning body has sent an email to teams issuing the new safety rules, which stipulate pit crews wearing fire-proofing clothing during races.
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Under the new directive, pit crew members will be required to wear fire-retardant gloves, underwear, head coverings and socks.
The move comes after a fire broke out on April 24 on at RIR when a fire broke out on a car being driven by Brendan Gaughan. A spark ignited spilled fuel and engulfed three pit crew members, who were treated for burns.
NASCAR senior vice-president Robin Pemberton said the Richmond fire was caused when a fastener bolt failed on a gas can. Pemberton said the safety changes formalised an existing recommendation, and many teams were already in full compliance.