Where Denny Hamlin crashed last year at Auto Club Speedway – and subsequently was injured – came at a spot on the 2.0-mile oval in Fontana, Calif. where there was no SAFER barrier.
In 2014, if any driver is unfortunate enough to lose it at that exact same spot, it appears they will not be subject to the same level of impact or injury. At least that’s the goal.
As it is, NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello has confirmed Tuesday from an ACS track spokesperson that an additional 1,000 feet of the Steel And Form Energy Reduction barrier has been added to the track on the inside of Turn 4.
According to the NASCAR.com report, the change was made last September. The IndyCar Series’ finale raced there last October 19.
It’s a promising sign that the tracks and powers-that-be have collaborated to make this change occur. There were several accidents at Daytona this year where drivers crashed into unprotected walls without the SAFER barrier there.
Now if anyone loses it off Turn 4 at Fontana, they should be in better shape.