Protection For The Most Dangerous Environment In Sports

By David G. Firestone

Races are won and lost on pit road. The best pit crew helps a driver to victory lane. Pit road is one of the most dangerous places in sports. Cars are driving around, the risk of fire is high, and drivers occasionally hit their crew members by accident. As such, safety on pit road should be top priority.

After an incident on pit road at Richmond in 2015, NASCAR required all crew members to

wear full-face helmets. While most crew members were already wearing them, some crew members were still wearing bicycle style helmets. Impact is a major supplier of helmets for pit crews. This is an example of a pit crew helmet used by NASCAR.

The helmet shows a lot of use, with scratches and chips. The left side shows a lot of scratches and scuffs.The front opening is very wide, and there is no visor present. There are some scratches above and below the face opening.The right side shows a lot of scratches and scuffs.The back shows a lot of wear, in the form of scratches and scuff marks.The top of the helmet has numerous scratches, scuff marks and chips.The interior of the helmet has an Impact warranty label, a small flag tag indicating the size as S, and the microphone equipment is still present.As popular as this type of helmet is, it’s not made by Impact anymore, and now has been replaced with a helmet that looks like a motorcross or BMX helmet. These have become the standard. It’s good to see that the pit crew helmet is evolving. As safety equipment evolves, it gets better.

Tailgating Time:

People love tailgating, cheese, and potatoes, so one thing to bring to a tailgating party would be Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes! It’s a bit complex, but it works very well.

Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes

6 Servings


3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 1/4 cup skim milk

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic.

Fresh ground pepper to taste

3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced, about 3 cups.


1-Melt butter in medium saucepan and stir in flour

2-Cook and stir over medium heat for one minute

3-Gradually stir in milk; cook and stir until thick and smooth.

4-Stir in cheese until melted.

5-Stir in onion, salt, garlic and butter.

6-Put potatoes in 2 1/2 quart baking dish or casserole.

7-Pour sauce over potatoes and toss gently to mix

8-Place in 400 degree preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.

We’re going to keep the helmet theme going next week.


Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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