In the wake of Justin Wilson’s fatal accident at Pocono Raceway in the second-to-last IndyCar race of the season, the discussion of whether open-wheel, open-cockpit cars should remain open cockpit has once again come to light.
The FIA is set to conduct closed-cockpit tests this month, and down the road perhaps, it could be possible to see a switch to closed cockpits in order to protect drivers.
Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button explain why it may be a necessary change, although Vettel admits he’s not a fan of closed cockpits.
Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.
But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.
As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:
“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.
“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.
“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”