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Jaguar collects maiden Formula E points with Mexico double-score

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Jaguar ended its wait for points in Formula E in style as drivers Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll both finished Saturday’s Mexico City ePrix in the top 10.

Jaguar entered Formula E at the start of its third season in Hong Kong last October, but failed to score any points in the opening three rounds of the campaign.

Carroll and Evans started 10th and 11th respectively at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and both conserved energy well through the first stint to remain in contention for points.

Evans ran seventh heading into the closing stages of a manic race, but rose to fourth late on following a smash between Mahindra drivers Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist, with Jerome d’Ambrosio also falling down the order due to a loss of energy.

Evans brought his Jaguar I-Type home in P4 to score both his own and Jaguar’s first Formula E points, narrowly missing out on a maiden podium in the process.

“Today was a crazy race from lap one. I managed to overtake Esteban Gutierrez on the straight and lined up behind Adam,” Evans explained.

“After the first safety car we got into a nice rhythm and I ran on really good energy levels and a strong pace. Adam and I were on slightly different strategies, which opened up the opportunity for me to overtake him.

“The race got quite juicy towards the end with both Mahindra cars and Nico Prost crashing into each other, I don’t know how my I-Type didn’t sustain any damage. I was very lucky.

“To finish with double points today is huge for the team. We came so close in Buenos Aires and everyone has worked incredibly hard since then, so it’s a massive reward for everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing.”

Carroll also benefited from the late drama to cross the line eighth, giving Jaguar a haul of 16 points from Mexico City.

“For our fourth race ever, it’s a really positive day and reward for some long days. It’s a complete team effort and a fantastic day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing,” Carroll said.

“Hopefully, this is the start of more to come but we are also keeping our feet on the ground and we still have a lot to learn in this championship.

“The reality is this championship is very competitive, so to just score points, especially for a new team is a big achievement. So for both of us to score points today is absolutely brilliant.”

The result lifts Jaguar off the foot of the teams’ championship, and is now just two behind MS Amlin Andretti in eighth place.

New study surveys drivers’ opinions on crashes, concussions, more

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Auto racing safety has continued to improve through the decades, but the sport remains inherently dangerous, according to a new survey.

At the close of 2018, a new organization called Racing Safety United emerged with the intention of reducing drivers’ risk of being harmed.

RSU is made up of more than 30 members including former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Jerry Nadeau, two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Randy LaJoie, NHRA team owner Don Schumacher and motorsports journalist Dick Berggren.

One of RSU’s first initiatives was to determine what current drivers thought of racing safety. The organization developed a 14-question survey and promoted it on select motorsports websites and forums. 

Participants were given the opportunity to disclose their identity or remain anonymous, and those who provided contact information were entered to win a $500 prize (for anonymous participants, the prize funds would be donated to a motorsports charity). 

More than 140 individuals participated in the survey over the course of 12 months. Below are the results of the survey:

Driver status

The vast majority of survey participants (60%) were amateur racers, while 26% of the participants were classified as Semi-Pro/Professional racers. The remaining 14% consisted of other individuals involved in the sport such as team owners and crew chiefs. 

When asked how frequently they race, 58% of driver respondents averaged 10 or more times per year on track, while 42% averaged 10 times or less.

The top five tracks respondents said they raced most often: Road Atlanta (21 votes), Watkins Glen (17 votes), Virginia International Raceway (16 votes), Mid-Ohio (16 votes), and Road America (13 votes).

Vehicular damage, injuries common

Over a third of respondents said they had been injured while racing, and almost two-thirds sasid they had suffered severe vehicle damage while racing

Driver error was cited as the top cause of vehicle damage (42 mentions), followed by concrete walls (26 mentions), mechanical failures (24 mentions), and other drivers (19 mentions). The study concluded those results indicated a need for better driver training/coaching, energy absorbing walls, and more technical inspections.

Almost a quarter of drivers said they had experienced racing-related concussions, and nearly half the respondents said one or multiple concussions would affect their decision to race in the future. 

Drivers primarily influenced by peers 

Roughly half the drivers said they would consider adopting new safety equipment if influenced by another driver (51 total mentions) and/or if recommended by a sanctioning body (47 total mentions). The study concluded those results indicated a need for drivers to become safety advocates and educate other drivers and for sanctioning bodies to mandate safety equipment. 

Drivers concerned with concrete walls

Approximately three-quarters of the drivers surveyed said they believed certain race tracks were more dangerous than others. Nearly half the drivers surveyed believe that concrete walls were the primary cause of damage to drivers and vehicles. 

Drivers willing to help

Just more than three-quarters of the drivers surveyed said that they would be willing to join a safety alliance to advocate for safer tracks. Two-thirds of drivers said that they also would be willing to contribute to a motorsports safety fund.

Click here for the full results of RSU’s survey

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