Nov 8, 2010
Sewing Badges Onto Race Suits
Recently at the head office of NASR the Speedway Safety Advisory Committee met to discuss all aspects of the Sport and to bring to light any safety issues that may have been noticed in recent times. One such thing which was a common theme around the country is drivers having Badges (names, sponsors etc) sewn on to their race suit. This is obviously highly dangerous in the event of a fire if the incorrect procedures have been followed.
We strongly recommend that if you wish to sew on badges to your race suit you consult with the suit manufacturer regarding this.
Some recommendations we can provide is that the backing material of any badges and the thread attaching the badge to the race suit must be flameproof and in conformity with the standard ISO 15025.
The same fabric that is used in any FIA 8856-2000 race suit outer layer and also using the compliant Nomex thread.
If your hand stitching the badge on, the badge should be sewn only to the outer layer of the suit and not through all layers. The badge must NOT be heat bonded to the suit and the suit cannot be cut in any way.
Please understand these recommendations are for your safety and well being, the result of badges not being sewn to race suits correctly when in a fire are horrific. These dangers can be completely dismissed if the correct procedures are followed.
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