Talladega To Install SAFER Barrier

Talladega Superspeedway will install the SAFER Barrier on the inside walls of the 2.66-mile superspeedway. The barrier is to be in place for the EA Sports 500 at Talladega on Oct. 6.

Installation begins Sept. 16. NASCAR has approved the barrier for low-bank application, but officials are working on a solution for high banks like Talladega.

The barrier, developed by the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is designed to lessen the impact when a car hits it. When used during the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400, G-force loads were much lower when cars struck the barrier.

Dean Sicking, head of the University of Nebraska’s Midwest Roadside Testing Facility, has helped engineer the project. Sicking met with officials from NASCAR and Talladega earlier this year about using the barrier on the inside walls of the track.

“We appreciate the efforts of Dr. Sicking’s group in helping us implement this system on the inside walls,” track president Grant Lynch said. “Talladega will continue its ongoing commitment to safety improvements. We’re hopeful that technology will be available for high-banked walls in the near future.”

Talladega will have the SAFER system installed on the inside retaining walls at the exit of Turn 4 and the entrance of Turn 1.

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