MAY 30, 2002
No word yet from Le Mans
The ACO must now decide whether it has the safety measures necessary to go ahead with the running of the Le Mans 24 Hours as scheduled or whether it will have to ban spectators from access to certain areas.
The research, done with grants from the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, was the first such program to be funded by the new organization which was established last year with the money raised from the long-term lease of the commercial rights of F1 to SLEC, the Formula One group's holding company.
According to the FIA, the Foundation will have between $10 and $12m a year for its research programs which will include research into the European New Car Assessment Program crash test program, plus a variety of programs and campaigns related to issues of the environment and mobility in addition to doing more work to promote improvements in the safety of motor sport.