BRAINTREE, Mass. — A diverse group of safety advocates has united to form a cohesive, collective and more impactful voice for the greater good of motorsports.
The idea to form an industry-wide advocacy group was originally spearheaded by veteran road racer R.J. Valentine.
The working title for this unofficial alliance is Racing Safety United. Motorsports has many participants, but RSU has only one mission — To make racing as safe as possible, protecting lives and vehicles by reducing damage, injuries, concussions and casualties for drivers at all levels, and paving the way for the next generation.
RSU is currently made up of 27 members, but the list is growing by the day. Independently, each advocate is outstanding in their respective field, and many are safety leaders in their own right. Together, they form a dynamic force campaigning toward a unified safety goal.
RSU initially plans to focus on track safety, particularly the need for improvements at race courses and speedways nationwide.
The first order of business is to raise awareness about antiquated walls as the root cause of many injuries or fatalities. As expenses can be a sticking point, RSU has already begun working on financial aid options for underfunded tracks in need of safety upgrades. Another immediate priority is to identify ways of minimizing racing-related Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Additional RSU initiatives include research surveys, educational outreach, seminars, track safety analyses, creating guides and resources like comparisons or buffering strategies, consulting on safety product development, and other programs. RSU’s scope of services is expected to evolve as the group continues to expand.
Jerry Nadeau – Monster Energy Cup Series Winner, five-time Barber Dodge Pro Series Winner, $100,000 Big Scholarship Winner, Former Teammate to Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson
Don Schumacher – NHRA Team Owner, Former Champion Funny Car Driver, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee, Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Research Donor
John Mills – SCCA GT3 Pro Racer, Race Car Fabricator, TBI Advocate & Survivor, Public Speaker promoting Brain Injury Awareness, Motivation and Inspiration
Larry Dixon – 3-Time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion, Team Owner, Spokesperson
Randy Pobst – Motor Trend Track Test Driver, SCCA Columnist & Champion Pro Racer
Ian James – Champion Pro Racer & Ambassador for The Heart of Racing
Darren Law – Flying Lizard Motorsports Championship Sportscar Racing Team Owner & Former Pro Racer
Randy Lajoie – Safer Racer Founder, Former NASCAR Champion Driver & The Joie of Seating President
Andrew Pilgrim – Traffic Safety Advocate/Public Speaker (www.tsef.org), Pro Race Driver, Contributing Writer to Automobile Magazine
Dr. Preston C. Calvert – Pirelli World Challenge Medical Advisor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Assistant Professor, Neuro-ophthalmology Consultant, Champion Pro Racer, Published Author and former U.S. Army Medical Corps Major
Chuck Lessick – IndyCar Ministry Chaplain, Former Belardi Auto Racing Team Manager & Indy Lights Crew Chief, Owner & Driver in USF2000 Series
Kevin Butterfield, D.C. – BrainForest Center Founder/CEO, Wellness Racing Corporation Founder/CEO & Creator of AvOID System and ReTINA system, Cortical Impact Solutions Founder/CEO, Motorsports Safety Blogger
Dr. Julia Daly, PT, DPT, ATC – Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Motorsports Performance Specialty, Public Speaker & Creator of Return to Competitive Race Car Driving after Concussion
Thomas Woods – Veteran, Warriors on Track Founder, The Brain Treatment Center Military Care Coordinator for MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy) & Racer
Mike Semel –U.S. Grand Prix Retired Fire Chief, Watkins Glen International Safety Director & CART IndyCar Safety Team Member
James Penrose – Former FIA Driver Safety Environment Consultant, Initiated FIA 8860 Helmet & Hans introduction to F1 & FIA Series, Drivers/Teams Consultancy through Penrose Safety for Audi WEC, Level 5 & many others
Charlie Frank – The Activation Group (TAG) Partner, Motorsports Event Marketing for BMW, NASCAR, Indy Car and Many Others, Former racecar driver
John Gorsline – The Gorsline Company CEO, Driver Protection Insurance, Family Assistance, Scholarships & Logistics Support
Bobby Seymour –Seymour Performance Products CEO, Former USAC Champion Driver & Racer’s Expo Co-Founder
Kip Zeiter – International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) Outreach Coordinator
Mike Brockman – Previous Motor Trend Road Test Editor for 13 Years, Former Pro Racer & GT Class Winner at 24 Hours of Daytona, & Connecticut’s Own Volvo Dealer Owner
Tom Baker – Race Chaser Media Founder / CEO, Race Chaser Radio Host
Joe Chisholm – Race Time Radio Owner/Host & Eastbound International Speedway Race Director
Michael Cummings – Port Imperial Racing Associates CFO – Grand Prix of America Formula One Race Promoter, Motorsports Capital LLC Founder – Motorsports Financial Advisory & Capital Placement, SCCA National Competition License Holder
Jay Heid – Summit Midwest Drag Founder & Promoter, ProQ Motorsports Management Software Founder for Events such as Sturgis Camaro Rally, etc., MotorsportsDirectory.com Founder (A Motorsports Safety Foundation Partner)
Eric Bagdikian – Array Sports Motorsports Operations, Former CODE 3 Animal Disaster Response President, Retired Boulder County Sheriffs Reserve Lieutenant
R.J. Valentine – Champion Pro Racer, Race Track Owner & Founder of Impact Safety Systems