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  • Are canopies the answer in the IndyCar Series?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 days ago

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    The open cockpit design is one of the signatures of open-wheel racing. When you think of an open-wheel car, you likely think of a driver with his head sticking out of the car navigating the tricky turns of Monaco or the high-speed, 90-degree corners of Indianapolis.

    Tradition is admittedly a tough thing to let go of. But after IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson's death from a head injury sustained at Pocono on Sunday afternoon, it's time to have a serious conversation about the open-cockpit tradition and consider if canopies – or at the very least, enhanced protection – are necessary to keep drivers as safe as possible.

    Wilson died Monday because his head was exposed. When Sage Karam crashed, his car shattered into a bunch of pieces. One of those pieces appeared to be his car's nose cone. That piece of debris found Wilson and hit his helmet. It shot high into the air. Wilson's car veered to the right and slammed into the inside wall on Pocono's Long Pond Straightaway.

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  • IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies from head injury at Pocono

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 days ago

    IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson died Mondayafter suffering a severe head injury at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

    Wilson was hit in the head by a piece of debris from Sage Karam's car. Karam, leading the race at the time, crashed by himself, spreading debris from his car across the track. What appeared to be the nose cone of Karam's car bounced on the track and struck a trailing Wilson in the helmet. Wilson was apparently knocked unconscious. His car then veered suddenly to the left and he struck the inside wall.

    Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., where he was in a coma.

    IndyCar made the announcement of Wilson's passing at approximately 9 p.m. ET Monday. The sanctioning body did not take any questions about his death and said he died while surrounded by his family. Wilson is survived by his wife Julia and their two children.

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