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Design, Development and Testing of an Improved Stock Car Driver's Window Net Mounting System
ISSN: 2327-5626, e-ISSN: 2327-5634
Published April 01, 2014 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Patalak, J., Gideon, T., and Krueger, D., "Design, Development and Testing of an Improved Stock Car Driver's Window Net Mounting System," SAE Int. J. Trans. Safety 2(1):165-181, 2014, https://doi.org/10.4271/2014-01-0508.
First required in 1970 in NASCAR® (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc) the driver's window safety net or driver's window net has continually evolved and improved. The driver's window net has played an important role in protecting race car drivers from injury.
Driver's window nets were originally used to help keep the driver's upper torso, head and arms inside the interior of the race vehicle during crashes. As restraint systems were improved, the role of the driver's window net in stock car racing has transitioned to keeping flailing hands inside the interior of the car while also serving as a shield to protect the driver from intruding debris.
This paper describes three separate window net and window net mounting tests and the use of these tests to design an improved window net mounting system. Also shown are test results of previously used window net mounting systems and the improved NASCAR system which has been incorporated into the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series vehicles.
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