The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall technology is currently being installed at Chicagoland Speedway by Jack K. Elrod Co., Inc. and will be completed in time for the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend.

Click here for photos of the SAFER Barrier at Chicagoland Speedway.

"The safety of our guests, as well as competitors at Chicagoland Speedway, is extremely important to us and we are proud to able be to enhance our safety measures with the SAFER wall technology," said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway. "The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indy Racing League and NASCAR have done a tremendous job developing the SAFER wall technology."

The SAFER Barrier, which consists of rectangular tubing backed by foam blocks that is installed in front of the track's traditional cement walls, is designed to reduce forces incurred by a car in an accident and increase driver safety. It was developed at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was first installed in May 2002 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The SAFER Barrier was created in collaboration between the Indy Racing League and UN-L that began in 1998. NASCAR joined the effort in September 2000.

The SAFER Barrier at Chicagoland Speedway will run continuously for 2,289 feet from the entrance to Turn 1 through the exit of Turn 2 and 2,289 feet from the entrance to Turn 3 through the exit of turn 4. Additional SAFER Barrier with a length of nearly 1,169 feet will run along the front stretch tri-oval wall.

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