FR Apparel Newsletter Volume 7

DuPont™ Nomex® Protects Racing Professionals on the Track and in the Pits

Did you know that the development of DuPont™ Nomex® was spurred by the deaths of several race car drivers in fiery crashes in the early 1960s? Most notably, the racing community lost three drivers in 1964 due to injuries sustained in crash fires on the track—Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, Jr., (Charlotte Motor Speedway), Eddie Sachs (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and Dave MacDonald (Indianapolis Motor Speedway).

In the early 1960s, most drivers wore suits made of cotton that were coated with a flame-retardant chemical. After these deaths, there was a call for better regulation and more thermal protection for drivers.

95% of Racing Professionals Suits made with Nomex

Today, Nomex® has revolutionized professional racing, firefighting and plant operations. It is used by 95% of the racing professionals around the world. Over the years, the lessons learned at the track—literally trials by fire—have helped the racing industry improve every aspect of managing the threat of fire and protecting racing professionals.

Racing Suits

Racing suits and apparel made with Nomex® are at the core of this safety improvement. That's because racing apparel made of Nomex® fiber plays a pivotal role in providing the valuable seconds racing professionals need to escape fires that result from both on-track collisions and pit accidents.

And this protection is long lasting. Whether it is found in FR protective suits, underwear, socks or gloves, the exceptional flame resistance provided by Nomex® cannot be washed out or worn away.

When speeding around the track at up to 200 MPH, working as a pit crew member or serving as a track official, everyone who wears racing apparel made with Nomex® can be confident in the proven FR performance that only Nomex® thermal technology can provide.

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