Barrier has made racing safer

A tip of the crash helmet goes to Dr. Henry Bock, who has died at age 81. Bock, senior director of medical services at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1982 until 2006, had a key role in developing the SAFER barrier.

The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barrier was a vast improvement over old tires or barrels filled with sand or water which comprised compression barriers for auto racing courses. The first SAFER barrier was installed at Indy in 2002.

The barrier, along with the inflatable Airfence, undoubtedly have helped avert severe injury and deaths in motorsports competitions since their adoption.