IndyCar Aero Kits Are Needlessly Dangerous

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IndyCar’s aero kit era began ominously Sunday in St. Petersburg with flying debris from the race striking and fracturing a spectator’s skull. Brigitte Hoffstetter was treated on scene before being taken to the hospital where she spent many hours in the trauma unit. Her husband said she’s fortunate to be alive. Meanwhile, IndyCar has reached out to her family and is investigating the incident.

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We can save the series some money by pointing out what we’ve already concluded. That is, IndyCar aero kits are needlessly dangerous. They’re dangerous on a number of levels – to spectators and fans, to drivers and to the sport itself. IndyCar is currently looking into the cause of the spectator’s serious injury in Florida. We hate to jump to conclusions, but Honda‘s quite likely the culprit with many lighter, smaller and more likely to detach pieces incorporated into their kits. The piece that struck Mrs. Hoffstetter reportedly flew about a hundred yards.

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The most basic rule of business is you don’t want to kill off your fan base. Even seriously injuring them is frowned upon in most sectors of the economy. Continue reading

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