Helmet Specifications For Racetrack
Ladies and Gentlemen
Please help me with a technical question about helmet specifications.
Here in America, we have two types of helmet certification: M-ratings apply to motorcycle helmets, and SA-ratings apply to car helmets. My interest is in the SA helmets.
The Snell rating refers to the fire and impact protection provided by the helmet and is updated every five years. The latest rating is Snell 2010; the next will be in 2015.
The Ferrari Club of America, as well as other car clubs, rely on the Snell ratings in our requirements for driver safety at our track events. Drivers currently must wear helmets with either the current (2010) or previous (2005) Snell rating. Snell 2000 helmets are no longer allowed at Ferrari Club events. All helmets must be of the SA variety.
The Ferrari Club of America 2013 National Meet will require Snell 2005 (or 2010) rated helmets for the track sessions (except for lunch time touring, for which no helmets are required).
Having been told that there already is some interest expressed by our international Ferrari friends about attending the 2013 National event, I ask you all to tell me what helmet rating systems you use for your track events. Obviously, I would be happy to hear that you all use the Snell ratings. Otherwise, please let me know what ratings apply to helmets in your areas and how such ratings correlate to our Snell ratings.
As I shall be involved in the track activities at FCA 2013, I do not want anyone to lose track time (especially since Road America will be the track venue!) over proper helmet certification. Therefore, please excuse my ignorance in this matter and enlighten me with your responses. I hope that Ferraristi respond from around the globe, as there are single cars and significant collections all over the planet (our first, a 1988 Testarossa, is now in Australia).
We in America require closed-face (visor) helmets for open cockpits (eg, 333SP); roofed vehicles (eg, F-40) can be piloted with open-faced (no visor) helmets. I personally prefer my wife use her closed-face helmet even in a roofed vehicle, but that is just my preference.
Apologies for taking so much verbiage to post this request for your input; gratitude for your replies and interest.