Scott Lear
Scott Lear
6/27/08 12:34 p.m.

In a race, drivers rely heavily on situational awareness. Their eyes, inner ears and other senses provide most of the information needed to succeed in a race, but it's all limited to a first-person point of view. Adding an in-car radio to the list of tools at a driver's disposal opens up a whole new channel of information for making decisions.

A second pair of eyes and ears outside the car can provide drivers with real-time information about caution flags, their current position in a race, the pace of competitors and much more. A radio is helpful in a sprint race, but it's utterly critical in an endurance, where the coordination of things like pit stops and passing opportunities can make the difference between a great finish and running out of gas.

For the NASA 6 Hours of Buttonwillow in California on June 7, 2008, NASA driver Sam Rothschild invited us to share the driving duties in his Honda Challenge CRX. The car was equipped with a Sampson Radio Communications setup, so we contacted Sampson and ordered one of their $140 Helmet Kits with earbuds. We also secured a NASA to IMSA adapter ($47) so we'd be ready for nearly any radio type in the future.

Installation was straightforward, and the directions that came with the kit were adequate to get us going in the right direction. Obviously, each helmet is a little different, but as long as you're careful to see what's on the other side of any hole you might drill, you shouldn't encounter any problems. If you also need to adapt the helmet to a HANS device, we'd recommend installing the HANS anchor points first; their placement is more critical than that of the radio wires.

Here's what we used:

  • Helmet
  • Sampson Radio Helmet Kit
  • Masking Tape
  • Drill with 1/8-in. drill bit
  • Awl
  • Contact Cement
  • Piece of Cardboard

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daytonaer
daytonaer HalfDork
7/30/09 4:37 p.m.

froz
froz
3/7/12 10:53 p.m.

hjj

cholter
cholter
5/23/12 12:12 p.m.

have any idea where we can get a P-clip like the one in the picture?

cholter
cholter
5/23/12 12:15 p.m.

nvm

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