FIA InstituteGabby Chaves returns to the USA after a five day workshop at the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, which focused on one of the most important aspects of the programme: road safety. To help with this, the Academy has been making use of the resources and coaching available at Test & Training International’s Road Safety Training Centre in Teesdorf, Austria.

Here the drivers have been educated in all areas of safety from learning the right mental approach to understanding the engineering advances such as anti-lock braking and stability control.

They then took to the track to further increase their knowledge with tests on variable road surfaces to demonstrate how to deal with driving hazards. The emphasis throughout has been on behaviour-orientated training for the drivers so they can convey passive and active road safety information in both a practical and theoretical form.

FIA Institute experts were also on hand to provide further education. FIA Institute Medical Advisor Dr Paul Trafford gave a presentation on all areas of motor sport medicine, including driver preparation, accident response and vehicle extraction. FIA Institute Sustainability Advisor Even Wiger gave a presentation on environmental developments in motor sport, a subject that will become increasingly relevant for the young drivers.

Equipping them with this knowledge will not just help them on a personal level but also give them the ability to deal with sensitive questions about safety and sustainability in motor sport.

The drivers themselves have embraced this education, with some of them already actively participating in road safety campaigns in their own countries…
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Race car driver Gabby Chaves has been leading a campaign in his home state of Florida to encourage people to stop texting while driving, and he will now introduce this campaign in his native country, Colombia.

Gabby Chaves will travel to Indianapolis this Wednesday for the fifth round of the Star Mazda Championship, which will take place on May 26 at the Lucas Oil Raceway, the night before the Indy 500. This will be Gabby’s first experience racing in an oval track.

“I am looking forward to this new experience. We have been working very hard with my engineer Rick Cameron and my team JDC Motorsports, to be able to get the best set-up of the car and I am very happy with the progress we’ve made so far. This is a completely different type of race, plus it will also be my first time racing at night, which makes it even more interesting. I have been preparing mentally and physically and with everything that I’ve been learning at the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, I am ready to take on this new challenge.”