I read that too... Did you see his suit and helmet! Man, that could happen to anybody on the track, and he didn't hit anything either... just BOOM! It made me think enough to get a full nomex suit, gloves, head sock, and undergarments - vs. the 2 piece GeForce I had. You only need it like once right? You're burned to a crisp that one time you need it and don't have it. Seriously trying to save up for an extinguisher system, Hans, add-on halo for my Kirkey (or new seat), and window nets.
I've been using the typical stuff 90% of the guys I see at HPDE and open track days, the minimum required. SA helmet and roll bar. Last year I added a helmet support, FIA seat and current harness though.
Since seeing that article I've ordered a multilayer driving suit and am looking for gloves. EDIT: Oh hell. The suit showed up. It's gonna be tougher than I though to wear one. Most of the guys wearing them around here for track days are either in full on race cars or are the wannabe's everyone hates. The choice is die in a fireball but look cool or wear the suit and look a little ghey in my daily driver. Hmmmmm....
The other recent influence was this video Braineack posted...
I'm now adding HD door bars, a Lapointe harness and considering a cut off switch. A LaPointe harness is an old school and affordable alternative to a Hans or Defnder. They've been popular in dirt track, stock cars and boat racing for a long time.
A little background, since this is my first post here in forever. I've got a lot of wheel to wheel experience (ITA RX-7, ITC Rabbit, FV) got away from it for a few years and came back to racing through EMRA Time Trials, winning a few championships along the way. I have a SSM Miata that I race in the MARRS series that started as my street car. I served as the EMRA Chief of Tech for many years.
Poop happens. You can never have enough safety equipment, no matter how fast (or slow) your car is. I started with "just" a Hard Dog bar and an aluminum seat. However, after witnessing a fatality I rapidly upgraded to a six point harness, a H & N device (ISAAC) and shortly thereafter, a full cage. Good thing, because I promptly tested the cage six weeks after I installed it when a tie rod end let go at the bottom of the downhill at LRP and backed the car into the outside wall and rolled it.
Poop happens. Compared to the cost of a hospital stay, decent equipment is cheap. I would not consider going out on track without at least a properly installed five point harness, some sort of H & N device and a properly installed four point bar.