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    NHRA Helmet Requirements

    Being as we are close to the shootout, I figured the next safety discussion should be about some helmets. I believe I need to get a new one as mine is an M95 or M98 approval.

    Been reading as the requirement for this year is Snell SA2000, SA2005, M2005, or SFI 31.2A....is this correct, anything to add for those looking for new helmets or see that their current one is still legal?
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    I pulled this out of the NHRA PDF Rulebook.

    As outlined under Class Requirements, drivers in all classes,
    including motorcycles, must wear a helmet meeting Snell or SFI
    Specifications.
    SFI Spec 31.1A = Snell SA, open-face helmet
    SFI Spec 31.2A = Snell SA full-face helmet
    SFI Spec 41.1A = Snell M, open-face helmet
    SFI Spec 41.2A = Snell M full-face helmet
    Full-face helmet mandatory on all cars 9.99 or quicker. See
    individual Class Requirements for additional requirements. Shield
    mandatory 7.49 and quicker.
    Drivers of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E.T. cars (13.99
    or quicker) must use a helmet meeting Snell SA2000, M2000,
    SA2005, M2005, M2010, or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, 31.1/2005, 41.1A,
    41.2A, or 41.1/2005 Specs. Drivers in supercharged, front-engine,
    open-bodied cars and Funny Cars must wear a helmet meeting
    Snell SA2000, SA2005 or SFI 31.1A, 31.2A, or 31.1/2005 Specs.
    See Class Requirements.
    Structural modifications to helmet/shield are prohibited. Cutting of
    helmet or helmet shield prohibited. Helmet must remain as
    manufactured, except for paint scheme/graphics and permitted nonstructural
    driver modifications to helmet shield as set forth below.
    Taping or similar modifications to the helmet shield made by the
    driver that reduce the driver’s field of vision, and are deemed safe
    by driver in the driver’s judgment, are permitted at this time so long
    as the driver can demonstrate to technical inspectors that the
    purpose of the modification is to reduce distraction in the driver’s
    field of vision. By using such a modification to the helmet shield, the
    driver acknowledges and agrees that the driver deems such
    modification safe in the driver’s judgment consistent with the
    driver’s obligations in Section 1, Participant Agreements and
    Administrative and Procedural Rules, set forth above, and that the
    modification does not impair or interfere with the safe operation of
    the driver’s vehicle. See General Regulations 7:8.

    NHRA Helmet Expiration Dates

    Label Expires
    Snell 2000 1/1/2012
    Snell 2005 1/1/2017
    Snell 2010 1/1/2022
    SFI 31.1A 1/1/2014
    SFI 31.2A 1/1/2014
    Label Expires
    SFI 41.1A 1/1/2014
    SFI 41.2A 1/1/2014
    SFI 31.1/2005 1/1/2017
    SFI 41.1/2005 1/1/2017
    SFI 24.1 (JDRL only) 1/1/2015
    SFI 24.1/2005 1/1/2017
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    Just bring a car that is 14.0 or slower and leave the helmet at home. LOL

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    Thanks Casey. Just need to choose open or closed face yet, and a brand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rzimmerl View Post
    Thanks Casey. Just need to choose open or closed face yet, and a brand.
    I got a new closed face helmet from Bell a couple years ago, and I like it much better than cheap open face one I had before. This is the one I bought (black)

    http://www.bellracing.com/public/ind...ct/detail/206/

    David
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    I am debating between that exact Bell or this G Force.

    http://www.gforce.com/products/helmets/3003.php
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    Open faced helmets are just silly. Given you get in an accident that concerns your head, I would want something that protects my pretty face, as well.

    http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/store...94959753&Nty=0

    I can get $190 helmets for $167 with my Jeg's racer's discount. The one you showed is $250 and I can get for $220.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMac89 View Post
    protects my pretty face, as well.
    Who told you your face was pretty

    Ken

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    full-face FTW...

    That said, I never had an incident while wearing an open-face helmet that it didn't protect accordingly.

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    I use a Simpson Super Voyager. I like it a lot, but it's got the 2000 certification, so I'm going to need to buy a new one soon.

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    Smile

    Don't think I'll need it but I was going to bring the same bucket I use snowmobiling at 70 mph. Looks like the Bell and with all that metal around me, how bad can it be at 70 in a car.

    DOT approved but probably means "0" without the US Rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalcracker View Post
    DOT approved but probably means "0" without the US Rating.
    Look on the inside of the shell, under the lining, you will most likely find a Snell label.

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    I had a regular dot approved helment which I used for awhile, until one day at tech spec they wanted a look see at the helmet... he almost booted me out but he said I was lucky it was only a test-n-tune day so he'd let me go for that day.

    Numerous other folks did get the boot though because they had non-snell rated helmets.

    I got myself an open face helmet snell rated since then, and I found it better being open faced than the full face as I could hear my car better, and I also now doing road race courses and a full face would be an absolute pain to use because of the limited vision and the fact it blocked my hearing more.

    Fraser

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