The sports car racing community was rocked by the death of Sean Edwards this day last year, while coaching another driver in Australia.
Nevertheless, Edwards’ spirit presses on and the Sean Edwards Foundation is committed to track safety improvements in the future.
A release out from the foundation today outlines several key initiatives, also linked via the new seanedwardsfoundation.com website.
Here are those initiatives:
Sean Edwards Test: No standardized safety awareness course or test currently exists within motorsport training. SEF aims to address this by educating youngsters, amateurs and gentleman drivers about the importance of upholding personal safety when racing.
Only once a driver has passed the SET, which will feature a simulator session, professional racing driver coaches, real case histories, track time and genuine onboard video situations, should their race license be awarded. It’s also hoped that passing SET will automatically lower insurance premiums.
Fast Track: One of Sean’s passions was mentoring aspiring, talented drivers. Fast Track will exist as a direct extension of that, continuing his legacy of combining speed with safety in pursuit of success.
SEF will seek to identify young talented drivers who may not normally come to the attention of existing mentorship programmes. Research conducted amongst the motorsport community will help identify the key attributes SEF is seeking. It’s upon these that its drivers will be selected.
A driver who exhibits the desired attitude, talent and attributes will be awarded the Sean Edwards Memorial Trophy.
Accident Support: SEF will link up with key sports universities to develop rehabilitation centres dedicated to assisting injured racing drivers post-accident. The foundation will act as a coordinator and facilitator in helping drivers manage physical injuries, psychological implications and financial issues.
Future initiatives will also include the banning of open-faced helmets and non-compliant passenger seats, a safety cell campaign and insurance lobbying.
More to come later today, with a roundup of all the #jump4SEV posts on social media. Edwards would jump on the podium after a race win, and the sports car community pays tribute to that today.