It’s not often when competing aftermarket companies are seen working closely
together, but that’s exactly what’s going on with two firms normally found in
NASCARland. Innovative Safety Products (ISP) of Concord, NC and Safety Solutions
of nearby Mooresville, NC are playing a significant role in the modifications
being made to many Funny Cars as a result of the Eric Medlen tragedy.
Van Glider of ISP manufactures complete driver compartment safety systems,
including seats, restraints and related accessories, while Trevor Ashline of
Safety Solutions specializes in head and neck restraints. Together they’re
producing items that will shortly become commonplace in NHRA competition, with
John Force Race cars being their first customers.
include the mounting hardware for dual straps that will attach to the front
portion of the driver’s helmet on either side of the chin to help keep the head
in place under acceleration. This system will replace the more commonly seen
single “tie-down” strap that many drivers currently have affixed to their
helmets, and that can let the head move from side to side.