I hope someday i have this problem.
I figure as long as I'm going to buy one I may as well get one that is comfortable and will work for any situation other than funny cars or top fuel. I just hate to buy the same thing twice and I figure my brain has got to be worth at least 400.00, even if they just make head cheese out of it, lol.EVO8 said:Any cheap helmet that is dot approved will work if it's a must for you. Just go to a motorcycle shop and there should be tons of them for under $100. I wouldn't bother with any of the expensive stuff unless you plan to be on a bike.
Good advice and useful to be certain. Thanks for the write up and I will get a helmet that is SA05 rated and be done with it.TitanBlue said:The best thing to wear is the Snell approved with the SA2005 or SA05 label. It is a Car Racing helmet, and has a fire resistant interior padding. Snell M2005 or M05 is not for drag racing, but rather Motorcycles and GoKart. It is not NHRA Approved for our type of event. The Snell site explains the ratings clearly.
My track requires Snell, but does not check if it is SA, so many guys will buy the less expensive M2005 (or such M variant) which has same crash protectioin as the SA series, but is not fire resistant. SA means it is Fire Resistant, it can still be an open face style and be SA rated. Tracks will often look for the Snell, but ignore the SA vs M. They shouldn't, as a car is more likly to trap you in flames than a motorcycle or gokart would, hence the different ratings.
I bought my helmet, which was advertised Snell approved, but was not aware of the SA and M variation or specifications. It is a M series, but I will use it for now. It is a full face made by Zamp. I'd recommend a SA series as the best investment. Couldn't beat the Zamp price and style, it compliments my trucks graphics. I paid about $130 IIRC. Wish it was SA though. Many SA run about 180-250.
3 things convinced me to buy a helmet, and subsequently, a 3 layer Jacket at $160 and Pants at $130, by G-Force. (The Clothing has the higher SFI-3.2A/5 rating, giving it some other Fire rating of 26 vs. 11 for the cheaper single layer version they offer. The 3 layer is less expensive than the 2 layer Nomex of similiar rating.)
First was the original post by M4ck on a Thursday night, a couple months ago, about his purchase.
Second was that our local track had these things in the previous 2 months. A teenage girl crashed and went to the hospital, she was getting ready to be qualifying for a Pro license and running a Junior Dragster. A fellow who raced there for 20 years crashed and died. The night after M4ck's original post, I saw a minor crash and another car catch fire while staging.
Third, discussing this with some race buddies that night, they brought up the point of crashing, and it isn't just you, or your speeds, that you should be concerned about. The guy next to you may lose control and crash into you! Racing the left lane may be safer; if you are hit, it will likely be on the passenger side door, and you will hit the wall. Maybe he catches fire after hitting you? Rare, but real chance.
I also raced against a Mustang that night who was just a bit squirmy each time I ran against him. I actually let up first time, as I thought he had lost control and was in front of me, though in his lane. So, helmet was bought the next week, and clothing a few weeks later.
Definetely consider at least a Jacket for additional protection. It even makes you look faster! All of this cost far less than my crazy graphics did... Enjoy! :read: