NASCAR made a change for drivers ahead of the 2023 season to protect them in case the unthinkable happens while on the track.
The organization updated its safety rules to mandate fire-resistant underwear, head sock/helmet skirt and socks. The Athletic noted the changes Tuesday. NASCAR pit crew member Bozi Tatarevic added that the mandated gear has to be SFI or FIA-rated.
Formula 1’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), required drivers to be checked for banned jewelry and underwear before their races. FIA race director Niels Wittich explained the decision when the organization went to Florida for the Miami Grand Prix.