I have been running my 1968 Pontiac GTO in F/SA for a number of years. I was told by an NHRA Tech Inspector that I need to install a head protector since I have low back seats. Is this correct?
Head Protector Harold
Head Protector Harold,
The NHRA Tech Inspector told you correctly. When you go to the 2012 NHRA Rulebook to Stock Eliminator section 10A, page 9, Roll-Cage Padding in the last sentence, See General Regulations 10:6. When you go to section 20, page 40, 10:6 Head Protector it states “In any car where a roll bar or roll cage is installed, a padded head protector must be provided at the back of the driver’s head and constructed in an attempt to prevent whiplash upon impact. It goes on to state in the last sentence “A seat that incorporates a reinforced head rest is permitted.” Head rest must be within 4-inches of driver’s helmet. The photo in General Regulations section 20, page 40 is a great example of padded head protector with a low back seat. This would also apply to any class that has low back seats requiring a roll bar or roll cage.