I know when I'm looking at buying a new car, safety is one of the most important things I'm looking for. I may want a certain car with a certain color but at the end of the day, I want to know if I'm in an accident, will I be alright. It's even more important to me, now that I'm a parent.

It's the innovations made in the world of racing that makes our cars and trucks safer on the road and that is what is going to be discussed on Saturday, May 19th in Watkins Glen

The International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen has gathered together a group of five motorsports industry experts from all over the country and they will talk about the progression of racing safety from the 1950's to now.

It begins at 1 p.m. and is an open forum so if you have any questions, you're encouraged to participate.

In my opinion, it took the death of Dale Earnhardt on February 28th, 2001 at the Daytona 500 for real change in the safety program to take place. Too little too late for many including my dad who was a huge Earnhardt fan.

It looks like it's going to be a rainy weekend so why not take a drive and go inside to the Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur Street in Watkins Glen. To keep up with all the latest events at the IMRRC, go here.

[via International Motor Racing Research Center]