Jeff Gordon wants SAFER barriers all around tracks (VIDEO)


Days after Jeff Gordon sustained what he has called “one of the hardest hits [he’s] had in a race car,” the four-time Sprint Cup champion called upon NASCAR to utilize the energy-absorbing SAFER barriers all around its tracks.

Gordon was slammed into Charlotte Motor Speedway’s tri-oval wall – which had no SAFER barrier – during a multi-car incident on Lap 325 of last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 (see video above). The crash caused Gordon to go on Twitter and plead that the barriers be installed “everywhere.”

At Dover International Speedway, site of this weekend’s races, he indicated that he would continue to state his case on the matter.

“I had no idea there was no SAFER barrier at that dogleg on the front stretch,” said Gordon. “That blew my mind that there wasn’t one. I mean, there’s one at the start/finish line and it stops and then there’s one at Turn 1. It goes around to Turn 2. That kind of shocked me. So, I certainly said something and when I get the opportunity, I’ll talk to others as well about it.

“As I’ve learned in the past, they’re going to look at those circumstances and make their calls based on that. Me sitting down and having a conversation with them isn’t necessarily going to change that, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to stop me from doing it.”

According to Gordon, there’s just one lone reason why NASCAR hasn’t yet decided to install the SAFER barriers everywhere.

“Cost,” he said. “That’s it.”

Dover has SAFER barriers but not all the way around its high-banked, one-mile oval.

On a related note, Dover pole sitter Denny Hamlin’s injury this past March at Auto Club Speedway came after he crashed into an unprotected inside wall on the final lap of the race. The wreck caused Hamlin to suffer a compression fracture in his L1 vertebrae, putting him completely out of action for four weeks.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”