The Sean Edwards Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on raising safety awareness in motorsport. We work directly with drivers, teams and tracks to conceive and implement risk mitigation initiatives throughout all levels of racing. SEF would like to thank the Stephane Ratel Organization, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the British Motorsports Marshals Club for their collaboration and support.
Like many motorsport-focused charities before it, the Sean Edwards Foundation was born out of tragedy. Sean Edwards was killed in Australia on October 15, 2013. He was coaching a rookie driver from the passenger seat when the car left the track and hit a concrete wall. Sean was just 26 years old but had already achieved an impressive career including back-to-back Dubai 24h wins, triumph in the Nürburgring 24h and was on the cusp of taking the Porsche Supercup championship, having been Vice Champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2011 and 2012. Several factors contributed to Sean’s death, but had better attention been paid to simple safety procedures he may still be racing today.
The Sean Edwards Foundation was established by his mother Daphne McKinley Edwards. Our hope is that his sacrifice will be a catalyst to improve safety conditions and awareness in all levels of motorsport.
In motorsport the stakes can be tragically high but our mission is simple: We want drivers to live to race another day.
In just over a century motorsport has grown to become one of the most popular pastimes in the world. But that runaway success has also created fundamental problems where safety is concerned. Racing is inherently dangerous and SEF’s objective is to minimize the risks outside of drivers’ control by:
- Promoting critical issue awareness
- Creating safety education programs
- Providing professional mentorship opportunities
- Advocating for needed changes or regulations
- Implementing standardized safety assessment tools
- Lobbying stakeholders to create mutually beneficial solution