Fan Info - INDYCAR 101 - The Drivers - Head Restraint

Head Restraint

The Head Restraint is a required safety item for all drivers in INDYCAR. It reduces the likelihood of head and/or neck injuries, such as a basilar skull fracture, in the event of a on-track collision.

THE DEVICE:

Head Restraint Device

THE PHYSICS:

The diagrams below show the typical results from a crash dummy test with a velocity change of 40 mph and a chassis acceleration of 40 Gs.  The arrows indicate the scale of physical forces acting upon the head and neck with and without the frontal head restraint.

Head Restraint Physics