RaceSafe System a big part of ARCA Safety Initiative

RaceSafe System a big part of ARCA Safety Initiative

(TOLEDO, Ohio – July 24, 2014) – There are few important times on the track more important than when a caution comes out. And, for the past decade, drivers in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards have been counting on the Race Safe System (RSS) to help them know immediately when the caution flag flies.

The system is provided by Racing Electronics, an official sponsor with the ARCA Racing Series.

Bill Venturini, owner of Venturini Motorsports and owner of 12 series wins, said the system is valuable because it ensures the driver immediately knows when a caution flag comes out.

“It is a very important part of the series,” said Venturini. “In fact, wish it was a part of every racing series.”

Terry Kibler, with the ARCA Safety Initiative, said the system is mandatory for every ARCA car and is tested prior to the cars taking the track. On race day, an ARCA safety team member checks the functionality of the system just prior to the race. The ARCA safety truck also has the device working at all times.

“It’s really a four-pronged system,” said Terry Kibler, with the ARCA Safety Initiative. “First, they have the track lights, they have their own spotter and they have the race director on the radio and they have the RSS light. It’s like a back-up plan, but an important one in our series.”

Through a radio frequency, race officials trigger the RSS system simultaneously with setting off the track lights when caution comes out. The light bar, about three inches long, is mounted on the dash inside of each ARCA Racing Series car (see photo above), just to the left of the steering wheel (as pictured).

Cunningham Motorsports driver Tom Hessert said the spotters are not always able to see every caution that comes out. Because of that, the Race Safe System is vital to informing the driver.

“You probably won’t find a driver in the garage that doesn’t think it isn’t good for the series,” Hessert said.

When the caution flag comes out, ARCA drivers are not allowed race back to the finish line. The field is frozen at the moment the caution comes out.

“We expect you to slow down as quickly and safely as possible,” Joe Wells, ARCA vice president of competition, told drivers during a meeting at Chicagoland Speewday Friday. “There is a reason the caution came out and we want you to be aware.”

Ten-time series champion Frank Kimmel said the system is just another tool in making racing more safe.

“You see that light come on and you know you can get out of it right away, especially since you can’t race back to the start-finish line,” Kimmel said.

By Doug Donnelly, arcaracing.com