by Dale Ross October 21, 2021
EL SEGUNDO, CA (October 21, 2021) – It happens in the blink of an eye. One moment you’re racing with the field, the next you’re surrounded by fire and your crew chief is saying “get out, get out, get out”.
When that happens, it’s imperative that a driver can disconnect from all safety restraints, air and water supply hoses, and exit their vehicle as quickly and efficiently as possible. NASCAR Cup driver Anthony Alfredo witnessed the benefits of the quick-release system he uses first-hand this past weekend when his No. 38 Ford Mustang burst into flames at Texas Motor Speedway.
“It’s always scary when you have a crash and there is a fire. You have to stay calm and focus on getting out of the car. Luckily, a lot of my connectors are Maglock®, which I use both for my fresh air supply and for my FluidLogic™ hydration system, so those were one less thing I had to unhook or unplug,” said Alfredo. “They are strong enough to stay connected during the race but pull off automatically when you have to exit the car in a hurry. The magnetic connectors really make for a fast and easy exit when time is of the essence.”
Alfredo has been a believer in both the Maglock and FluidLogic systems, innovative products by Rainmaker Solutions Inc which he has used all during the 2021 season. Providing drivers the “quick-release” speed and safety of the essential link between vehicle and driver is just one of the many benefits of the Maglock Air® and FluidLogic™ hydration system.
“With the team, you actually practice what to do in case of certain types of accidents,” said Alfredo. “It’s all about protecting the driver’s safety and preserving the car as much as possible. This makes it much easier and faster to get out of the car and let the safety workers do their job.”
Maglock Air is a revolutionary way to connect racers to their forced air systems. Maglock Air is a safer, simpler and faster way to connect and disconnect. At the heart of this invention, rare earth magnets are carefully sourced and machined to create a solid and completely sealed bond between air hose and helmet. The simple and reliable power of magnetism fastens Maglock Air's components with more than 20lbs of tensile force. Solid enough to endure the roughest rides, the connection can be easily broken by a single and small amount of pressure from any oblique angle, making the Maglock Air® the first of many new products to provide speed and safety when needed most. Designed for fast driver changes and to break away in the event of a hot extract, Maglock Air is American made and has been tested in the toughest environments in open wheel, closed wheel and off-road racing.
The FluidLogic™ “smart” hydration system is the fastest growing hydration delivery system in motorsports delivering the right amount of fluids right when they are needed to achieve optimal performance. No longer will drivers have to juggle a water bottle nor will crew members have to take time away from other pit stop duties to deliver it.