|A little rain didn't slow down Team Coronautski at AMP!|
|Pretty impressive collection of gear at Discovery.|
Even though the cars in Lemons may be rust buckets and absolute junk, safety is still a priority. Most of us are just starting to get into real track time and needed most of the gear, so here's some of the stuff we bought.
|Lots of suits to choose from here.|
The most obvious is a racing suit. Most are made of Nomex or another aramid (fire retardant) material). Suits come in a large range of safety ratings, and different features and styles. After trying a few of the mid-entry level range on, most of us settled on different styles of the Alpine Stars brand. Finding a good, comfortable fit while sitting in a race-seat position is key here.
|With the help of Discovery's pros, Team Coronautski evaluates some new kicks.|
Up next we tried a number of gloves and shoes on. Pretty straight-forward here. Again we looked for comfort and fit in an acceptable price range. All of these come with fire-resistant materials and ratings that will be required for the race.
|Head And Neck Safety device signed by the Talladega Nights cast.|
We all have helmets, but I still needed a head and neck restraint system. Every major racing series now requires these devices that work by tethering the back of the helmet to a collar of some sort that helps distribute forces in the event of a crash to significantly reduce neck and head injuries mostly caused by whip-lash. Pretty important stuff. Discovery even has a Hans brand device signed by the cast of Talladega Nights.
|Balaclavas...do not taste as good as baklava.|
We picked up a few other fire-resistant accessories like socks, underwear, and under shirts to fully round-out the equipment. Now that the team is looking the part and much safer, now we just need to knock out a few more work days to wrap up the car and practice our pit stops and emergency escapes.
|Helmet, Suit, Shoes, Gloves, Hans, Balaclava, Nomex shirt, and Nomex socks all keeping me safe.|