New Impact Safety Systems Barriers Installed At The Thermal Club In CA | Performance Racing Industry
New Impact Safety Systems Barriers Installed At The Thermal Club In CA
November 21, 2016
The Thermal Club will be finalizing its final phase of track development with modern safety technology; there are nearly 3000 Impact Safety Systems barriers creating rows of track protection.
New Impact Safety Systems Barriers Installed At The Thermal Club In CA

Beginning January 2017, The Thermal Club will be finalizing its third and final phase of track development, complete with top modern safety technology in the industry.
Previous additions to Thermal—the North and South Palm Circuits—received high accolades. Phase 3, the Desert Circuit, is poised to have the same response.
One of The Thermal Club’s main concern was the wellbeing of its drivers, so they outfitted all three track phases with barrier technology pioneered by Impact Safety Systems (ISS). The barriers were placed in critical locations around the courses—red and white Kart Impact Safety Systems (KISS) barriers outline one mile of the South Palm Circuit and three miles of the karting track; blue and white ProLink barriers by ISS cover three-quarters of a mile of the North Palm Circuit; and more than half a mile of the Desert Circuit is bordered by green and white ProLink barriers. In total, there are nearly 3000 ISS barriers creating kaleidoscopic rows of protection.
ISS Barriers were created by long-time champion pro-racer, RJ Valentine, who saw a need for barricade reform to increase driver survival. Over the past 16 years, these barriers have been placed at multiple tracks across the country. The new composite polyethylene plastic barrier technology not only delivers maximum safety, but is also extremely cost effective and easy to install.
On Thermal’s tracks, ISS barriers are more than mere aesthetic enhancements— they serve as buffers against Armco and cement, they may make the difference between life or death, minor rather than critical injuries, and minimal versus major vehicle damage. ISS barriers act as the first line of defense by providing enough safe deceleration to avoid hitting the last line of defense—hard walls. The system is designed to absorb impact energy and distribute it down the line of linked barriers to cushion the blow and reduce ricochets.
Participants at The Thermal Club have personally been involved in or witnessed serious collisions that ended with very little vehicle damage and, more importantly, less harm to its occupants. ISS barriers are engineered to optimize safety and mitigate impact, enduring high-speed hits with less deformation, primarily due to sidewall impact ridges that support structural integrity. Additionally, the UV-stabilized, weather resistant barriers are reinforced when filled with water or sand to ballast, which can be adjusted for varying levels of resistance depending on the speed and weight of the vehicles.
When Thermal’s events require track changes, the ISS barriers can easily adapt, as they are one of the only systems that can be arranged in any configuration or either direction, including curves and 90° angles. Because of its lightweight plug-and-play design, installation of 1000 linear feet of barrier only takes two workers one day to accomplish.
“Our barriers are the result of years of testing resulting in one of the safest, most cost-efficient, and practical solutions there is.  A premium facility like Thermal demands only the highest quality equipment. ISS strives to not only meet but exceed those standards," said Ken Murphy, COO of ISS.