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Q: I race a 12-second bracket car and I need to replace my Snell SA2005 helmet. Can you tell me what rating is currently required for my car’s class?

A: As of Jan. 1, 2017, a Snell SA2005 helmet no longer meets NHRA requirements. For cars running 13.99 or quicker, you’ll need a Snell SA2010 helmet with a scheduled expiration date of Jan. 1, 2022, or a Snell SA2015 helmet with a scheduled expiration date of Jan. 1, 2027. You can read more about helmets in our Racing Helmets 101 post. It provides an overview of Snell ratings and covers some of the different helmet designs that are available. And be sure to check out our other safety equipment-related posts, too!

This is another in a series of weekly Q&A Mailbag sessions with Summit Racing‘s tech department, in which there are hundreds more. Click here to see them all.

Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.