Helmets in Open-Road Street Racing

Sanctioned open-road street racing, if it exists in a specific location, is typically organized as a legal and controlled racing event on public roads or highways. In such events, safety measures are often taken more seriously compared to illegal street racing. Helmet requirements can vary depending on the event’s rules and regulations, but it’s common for participants to be required to wear approved safety helmets. See many many articles on the Silver State Classic Challenge that is held twice yearly in Ely Nevada. It is one of the best open-race events in the United States.

The specific requirements for helmets in sanctioned open-road street racing events will typically be outlined in the event’s official rules and guidelines. These requirements might specify the type of helmet, safety standards it must meet (such as DOT, Snell, or ECE standards), and other safety equipment that participants are expected to use.

If you plan to participate in such an event, it’s essential to contact the event organizers or review their official documentation to understand their specific safety requirements, including helmet regulations. Always prioritize safety and ensure that you are using appropriate safety gear that complies with the event’s guidelines. Additionally, make sure your vehicle meets safety standards and that you follow all local and national laws related to road racing activities.

I personally use the RaceQuip helmets when I participate in sanctioned open-street races such as the Silver State Classic Challenge.

RaceQuip is a well-known brand that manufactures safety gear, including helmets, for various motorsport activities. They offer a range of helmets that meet different safety standards and are suitable for various types of racing, including street racing. When considering a RaceQuip helmet for street racing or any motorsport activity, there are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  1. Safety Standards: Ensure that the RaceQuip helmet you choose meets or exceeds the safety standards required for your specific type of racing. Common standards include DOT (Department of Transportation), Snell, and ECE (Economic Commission for Europe). Different racing events or organizations may have specific helmet standards that you need to follow.
  2. Fit and Comfort: A properly fitting helmet is crucial for your safety and comfort. RaceQuip helmets come in various sizes and styles, so it’s essential to try on different models to find one that fits your head shape and size comfortably.
  3. Features: Consider the features that are important to you. Some RaceQuip helmets come with additional features like improved ventilation, removable and washable padding, and a variety of visor options.
  4. Budget: RaceQuip offers a range of helmets at different price points. Set a budget that works for you and look for helmets within that range, while still ensuring they meet the necessary safety standards.
  5. Event Regulations: Be aware of any specific helmet requirements or regulations that apply to the street racing event you plan to participate in. Different events or organizations may have specific rules about the type of helmet you can use.

I always prioritize safety when selecting a helmet for street racing, and make sure that it meets the appropriate safety standards and is in good condition. Additionally, it’s a good practice to regularly inspect and maintain your helmet to ensure it continues to provide proper protection. Remember, a helmet is one of the most important investments you can make. It can save your life. Also, helmets have a limited life and the inspection team at sanctioned races will be on the look out for helmets that do not have a date on or after that required to participate.

By, April Fischer, Technology Specialist & Scott Kraft, Technology Producer – TechTalk,

April Fisher is a field reporter with expertise in the automotive industry. April also coverers technology used in construction when she is not out and about racing her 1997 RED Corvette and covering the automotive industry.

Scott Kraft is the Technology Producer for Utah Channel 3. He is a degreed Electrical Engineer that applies engineering testing/procedures to products that are of technical interest to those participating in sporting activities in Southern Utah.