Wednesday, July 16, 2008

NASCAR Technical Director was responsible for safety initiatives

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Steve Peterson, who passed away at his home in Concord, North Carolina, Tuesday at the age of 58.

Peterson was NASCAR's technical director, who oversaw the implimentation of SAFER Barriers, the CoT, and the HANS device.

From Sports

Peterson joined NASCAR in 1995 and spearheaded several safety initiatives, including installation of the SAFER Barriers and the implementation of safety features in the Car of Tomorrow. He also helped the circuit get approval for head and neck restraints and improved seat belts.

Peterson won the 2006 Society of Automotive Engineers Motorsports Achievement Award. He previously served as crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin in 1982.

Needless to say, Peterson's mark has been made in history.

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