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Dale Earnhardt was an American race car driver who gained fame as a stock car driver for NASCAR, for winning seven Winston Cup championships, and for his first Daytona 500 victory in 1998.He was involved in a last-lap collision in the 2001 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2001. He was pronounced dead at the Halifax Medical Center at 5:16 p.m,having sustained blunt force trauma to the head. His funeral was held on February 22, 2001 at the Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Earnhardt's death was highly publicized and generated intense interest from the media and resulted in various safety improvements in NASCAR auto racing.
Following Earnhardt's death and the subsequent investigation of the events leading to his death, NASCAR began an intensive focus on safety that has seen the organization mandate the use of head-and-neck restraints, oversee the installation of SAFER barriers at all oval tracks, set rigorous new inspection rules for seats and seat-belts,develop a roof-hatch escape system, and which eventually led to the development of a next-generation race car built with extra driver safety in mind: the Car of Tomorrow. Earnhardt had been the fourth driver to die in NASCAR competition within a year, beginning with Adam Petty's fatal crash in May 2000.Since Earnhardt's death, no Cup series driver has died in competition to date.
Earnhardt died while competing in the 2001 Daytona 500, a NASCAR-sanctioned automobile race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR sanctions required the use of a carburetor restrictor plate for races held at the track.In 2000, the year before Earnhardt died, NASCAR instituted additional restrictions to the springs and shocks used on the cars, causing Earnhardt to complain to the media, "[The rules] took NASCAR Winston Cup racing and made it some of the sorriest racing. They took racing out of the hands of the drivers and the crews. We can't adjust and make our cars drive like we want. They just killed the racing at Daytona. This is a joke to have to race like this."
In response to criticism such as Earnhardt's, NASCAR developed a new aerodynamic package for the cars competing in Winston Cup Series races at Daytona and Talladega. In the initial running of this aerodynamic package at Talladega, Earnhardt passed seventeen cars within four laps to win the fall 2000 Talladega race.The 2001 Daytona 500 was the first 500 mile race run at the track with this package, which was designed to keep cars bunched up close together and to allow more frequent passing at high speed.