Sunday, February 3, 2013

Earnhardt Family - HANS Device

From Kerry Earnhardt’s Facebook Page

“School project Kayla had to bring in a historical family artifact. This is a Hans Device. NASCAR implemented this after Dad's accident as Neck/Head support. This like all safety measures changed our sport today and has saved the lives of many drivers”

Kerry Dale Earnhardt (born December 8, 1969) is a NASCAR driver and the eldest son of seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr.

At the 2001 Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001, Earnhardt was involved in a fatal racing incident. An autopsy concluded that Earnhardt died of blunt force trauma to his head.

The HANS device (also known as a head restraint and/or Head and Neck Support device) is a safety item compulsory in many car racing sports. It reduces the likelihood of head and/or neck injuries, such as a basilar skull fracture, in the event of a crash.

This mother of a race car driver is thankful to the Earnhardt family for their sacrifice.

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