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Snell SA Auto Racing and SFI 24.1 Youth Auto Racing Helmets

Helmets and Accessories

The one piece of equipment every racer has in common, is the Helmet. At RaceDay Safety, we stock a full selection of Snell SA2015 and SFI 24.1 certified Helmets, which are designed and tested specifically for auto racing.

Our huge helmet inventory includes sizing to properly fit a 5 year old racer, a 3X-Large adult and every size in between.

Full Face, Open Face, Side Air, Top Air and Carbon Fiber Helmet models available from trusted manufacturers: HJC, Impact, RaceQuip, Pyrotect, Simpson and Zamp.

How To Measure for Helmet Sizing: Using a cloth tape measure, the circumference of your head should be measured at a point approximately one inch above the eyebrows in front, and at a point in the back of the head that results in the largest possible measurement. Take several measurements and it is best to use the largest result. Size charts located on the specific helmet page and are specific to that manufacturer.

The Snell Foundation establishes new helmet standards every 5 years. Snell urges racers to replace their helmet minimally after 5 years of wear.

SA-2020 helmets cannot be released by the manufacturers to distributors or customers until October 2020.

SA-2015 is the current helmet standard for competitive automotive sports. The SA (Sports Application) standard includes tests for impact, penetration by projectiles, chemical resistance, fire resistance, and ease of removal. The SA2015 standard also requires M6 threaded inserts that will accept HANS (head and neck restraint) anchors. In addition SA2015 helmets include provisions for "low velocity" impact testing and "low lateral" impacts in case of strikes against side window frames.

SA-2010 is the previous hemlet standard. Snell SA2010 Helmets will be allowed for competition until the year 2020 or 2025 by most tracks and sanctioning bodies. SA2010 helmets may or may not be pre-drilled for head and neck restraints. If pre-drilled they have the holes but not the M6 mounting point.

M-2010 is a helmet standard for use in motorcycling. Some auto racing sanctions and tracks allow the use of M rated helmets, but keep in mind that M rated helmets are not designed for the rigors of auto racing and do not posses the fire retardant properties of an SA rated helmet. We highly recommend the use of SA rated helmets for auto racing even if an M helmet is legal in your sanction or class.

Junior/Youth Helmets SFI 24.1 rating came about in 2002 to specifically address the youth market. The stringent testing by the SFI Foundation has made it possible to provide similar protection as the Snell SA helmets with helmets designed specifically for the smaller physique of junior drivers.