NASCAR Announces Modifications To NASCAR Hall Of Fame Eligibility And Selection Process
posted by Mike Neff
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Sanctioning Body Also Creates New Award For Outstanding Contributions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2013) – NASCAR today announced a number of changes to the selection process for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (NHOF), including a modification to driver eligibility parameters and the creation of a new award to honor significant contributions to the growth and success of the sport.
In all, six changes and updates will be made starting with the selection of the Class of 2015 – all designed to improve upon an already strong process that has led to the selection of 25 deserving inductees.
“We’re very proud of how the NASCAR Hall of Fame has evolved and believe the first five classes reflect the strength of the nominating and voting procedures, with voices from every corner of our industry included in the selection process,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “Based on feedback from voters, industry leaders, media who cover our sport and the fans, we believe the changes announced today are a strong recognition of the uniqueness of our sport and will make the overall selection process even stronger in how we honor those who have driven NASCAR to great success on and off the track.”
Following is a summary of changes:
Currently, drivers who have competed in NASCAR for at least 10 years and been retired for three years are eligible for nomination to the NHOF. That will not change.
Moving forward, however, drivers who have competed for a minimum of 10 years and reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year are immediately eligible for the NHOF. Also, any competitor who has competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age.
Drivers may continue to compete after reaching any of the aforementioned milestones without compromising eligibility for nomination or induction.
Nominating Committee Will Select Five Fewer Nominees for Enshrinement
Throughout its history, the NHOF Nominating Committee has selected 25 nominees each year to be discussed and voted on for NHOF enshrinement. That number will be reduced to 20 starting with the selection process for the 2015 class.
Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR
Beginning with the 2015 class, a new award – Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR – will be initiated to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.
Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
Five nominees will be selected by the NHOF Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NHOF class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NHOF voting.
Nominating Committee to Meet, Vote on 20 NHOF Nominees / Five Landmark Award Nominees
For the first time, the Nominating Committee will meet in person to discuss, debate and vote to create two ballots – the NHOF ballot and the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR ballot. Previously, the committee submitted nominees via mail to an independent accounting firm that tallies the nominations in order to create the final NHOF ballot.
The Nominating Committee will meet during Speedweeks at Daytona on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, and the nominees for both ballots will be announced later that day.
Nominees To Be Recused From the Nominating / Voting Process
Any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel who appeared on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot will now be recused from participating in the nominating and / or voting process for as long as he / she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the panel(s).
Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Added To Voting Panel
As was already announced on Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the annual NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be added to the following year’s voting panel.
That means Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be included in the selection meeting and can cast a vote for the NHOF Class of 2015 on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
NASCAR Purchases Iowa Speedway
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday November 27, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.
“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.
“NASCAR ownership will allow us to draw on the entire resources of our company. It also provides us with the opportunity to execute first-hand a number of entertainment ideas and engagement opportunities with fans – much of which we have outlined repeatedly as the core of our Industry Action Plan.”
The facility, located 30 miles east of Des Moines in Newton, features a fast, .875-mile asphalt paved tri-oval designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. The Speedway released its 2014 schedule earlier this month, encompassing three weekends, one each in May, July and August. The schedule will include two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, a combination NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and IndyCar Series weekend, plus two additional NASCAR K&N Pro Series support races. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future.
NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines on Thursday, Dec. 12, to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future. Information on this event will be announced soon.
The 2014 Iowa Speedway season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night. The stars and cars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series then will battle on Sunday in a 250-lap, high-speed contest. The race marks the only Sunday afternoon event of the season at Iowa Speedway.
The new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series / IndyCar Series race weekend at Iowa Speedway is slated for July 11-12. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night and feature short-track racing action that has become synonymous with the series in the American Ethanol 200. The first-ever Iowa Corn Indy 300 will follow on Saturday night.
On Friday, Aug. 1, a second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West challenge race will be held followed by a second NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event on Saturday under the lights.
Season ticket holders may renew their tickets for the 2014 season, and will have an exclusive right to secure their current seats until Dec. 14. All other seats are available for purchase immediately, with season ticket prices starting at $95. All season tickets will include a guaranteed seat location, complimentary Casey’s Fan Walk pass and an opportunity to participate in pre-race ceremonies. Season tickets, parking passes and onsite camping options are available online at www.iowaspeedway.com, or by calling the toll-free ticketing hotline, 866-RUSTY-GO (787-8946).
Iowa Speedway’s ticketing office, located at 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton, also will be open to assist customers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, holidays excepted.
2014 IOWA SPEEDWAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 17 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Friday, July 11 – American Ethanol 200, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Friday, August 1 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East vs. West Challenge
Stewart-Haas Racing announces reorganization of their Competition Department
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing is expanding to four teams in the Sprint Cup series for 2014. As a result, the organization is realigning some personnel into new roles within their competition department. The new assignments for 2014 include:
1) Greg Zipadelli has been named Vice President of Competition and will oversee all four Sprint Cup teams. The crew chiefs of the teams will report directly to Zipadelli.
2) Matt Borland has been named Vice President of Engineering. The role will involve Borland overseeing the organization’s technical initiatives and a myriad of research and development projects. As Borland moves into his new role he will become a mentor for the crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation team of Kurt Busch.
3) Race Engineer Daniel Knost is being promote to the position of Crew Chief for Busch’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Knost is an engineer with a Master of Science and PHD in Mechanical Engineering from VPI and Virginia Tech. Knost’s previous roles at SHR included running the team’s seven-post shaker rig, at-track race simulation support and race engineer for both the No. 10 and No. 39 teams.
4) Chad Johnston is going to take over the Crew Chief position for Tony Stewart’s No. 14. Johnston has spent the last three years as Martin Truex Jr.‘s Crew Chief at Michael Waltrip Racing. Johnston brings Hoosier roots to the organization like Stewart. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
5) The Crew Chief for Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 ride in 2014 will be Rodney Childers. Childers moved to SHR in October of 2013 from MWR where he was a Crew Chief for the No. 00 David Reutimann and then the No. 55 for multiple drivers. Childers Crew Chief resume extends back to 2005 when he was the head wrench for MB2/MBV Motorsports with Scott Riggs.
6) Tony Gibson will remain on top of the pit box for Danica Patrick in the No. 10 car for 2014.
Steve Addington is leaving SHR for other opportunities. The word is he will be the Crew Chief for the No. 51, working with his good friend Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion.
2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced today that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne – 22 years old – has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
“I’ve never been more driven to compete,” said Bayne. “My goals are the same as they’ve been since I started racing. I want to compete at the highest level and I want to win races and championships. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I feel good,” added Bayne. “There are currently no symptoms and I’m committed to continuing to take the best care of my body as possible. I will continue to trust in God daily and know that His plan for me is what is best.”
In 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver in NASCAR history to win the famed Daytona 500. He is currently sixth in the NNS standings, having accumulated one win, six top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 2013. He will compete again full-time for the NNS championship in 2014, driving the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang.
In 117 career Nationwide Series races Bayne has two wins, 18 top 5s and 50 top 10s with six poles. Bayne also has 45 career Sprint Cup series starts. In those starts he has the one win in the 2011 Daytona 500, one top 5 and three top 10s.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and, in extreme cases, paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, and each person diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in a unique way.
Penalties Issued Following Sledgehammer Throw
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 31, 2013
Last Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway will likely be best known for Darrell Wallace, Jr.‘s historic victory. However, late in the race, a crash involving Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick, along with the pit road actions afterward, also made headlines.
Dillon got in the back of Harvick in Turn 2, spinning the Sprint Cup regular out, who then ran into the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon then responded with a number of unsuccessful attempts to spin out Harvick. When both drivers got to pit road, Harvick blocked Dillon’s stall and threw down his window net, prompting a scrum where a sledgehammer was thrown by a member of Dillon’s team at Harvick’s truck.
On Friday morning, NASCAR responded with penalties stemming from the pit road altercation. Marcus Richmond, crew chief of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been fined $10,000 for failing to maintain control of his crew. Meanwhile, crewmember Adam Brown was judged by NASCAR to be the person who three the sledgehammer at Harvick and was suspended indefinitely.
In their press release, NASCAR cited violations of multiple sections of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series Rule Book. The sections cited were 12-1 (Actions Detrimental to Stock Car Racing) and 9-4A (Crew chief resumes responsibility for the actions of his driver, team owner, and team members in addition to himself).
There is no word as of yet from Richard Childress Racing as to whether they plan to appeal the penalties.
Marcos Ambrose to have new sponsor for Dover Cup race in September
posted by Mike Neff
Tuesday October 29, 2013
The current economic environment has seen sponsors cutting back and even leaving the sport. Richard Petty Motorsports announced on Tuesday evening that they will have a new sponsor on the hood for the Dover Cup race and an associate sponsor for half of the season. Stanley and their associated brands Mac and Dewalt will also be back for 2014 on the No. 9 Ford for Marcos Ambrose.
Brian Moffitt, the CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports noted that the company is willing to run an alcohol sponsor on the No. 9 but will never do it on the No. 43. “Richard promised his parents that he’d never run an alcohol or tobacco sponsor on his car and that will hold true as long as we’re an organization.” When he was asked about how this came about he said, “This just kind of happened. There are relationships out there in the marketplace that are always talking with each other. We ended up going to Boston and having a discussion with the company and the next thing you know we are partners.”
Twisted Tea is a division of Boston Beer Company, most famous for the Samuel Adams beer brand. Jon London, the Boston Beer Director of Brand Development was on hand and loves the marriage between Twisted Tea’s customers and NASCAR. “We look at NASCAR and think that they, along with Marcos Ambrose, are just a great fit for the brand. Our drinkers love NASCAR and Marcos is a little bit different, our drinkers are a little different and Marcos is a lot of fun so he’s a great person to represent our brand.”
Moffitt also confirms that, while there are a few openings left on the 2014 calendar for RPM, both Ambrose and Aric Almirola will be back in 2014 and should have all of their races covered by the start of the season.
Darrell Wallace Jr. Scores Significant Victory at Martinsville
posted by Mike Neff
Saturday October 26, 2013
Darrell Wallace, Jr. etched his name in the NASCAR history book under two different columns on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wallace took the checkered flag first to become the second African-American driver in the history of NASCAR to win a National touring series race, and the first to win a Truck Series race. He is also the second graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to win a national touring race, following Kyle Larson’s victory at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
Wallace led a race-high 96 laps en route to his win. He led three times including the final 50 laps. Wallace outran Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy and Ryan Blaney to secure his win. The average age of the top 5 at Martinsville was 23.8 with four of the five drivers being under 22 years of age. Wallace is the second non-Cup driver to win in a Kyle Busch Motorsports truck following Brian Scott’s win at Phoenix last season.
Hamlin Picks Up a Pair of Poles in Martinsville
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
Denny Hamlin will start on the pole for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway after setting a new track record with a lap time of 19.013 seconds, good for a speed of 99.595 MPH. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch ran identical second-place times of 190.61 seconds. Johnson will start on the front row after winning the tie-breaker, car owner points, where Johnson currently sits first. Busch will start third, and Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer round out the top 5. Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick complete the top 10.
The pole is Hamlin’s 17th in 288 races. It’s also his fifth of 2013, a career-best for Hamlin, whose season was interrupted by a back injury earlier in the year.
In all, 18 drivers broke the previous track record, set in the spring race this year by Johnson. Bowyer broke the 100 MPH mark in practice, but no driver was able to duplicate that in time trials. The Sprint Cup drivers will have a pair of practice sessions on Saturday before Sunday’s 500-lap event.
Seven Chase drivers qualified inside the top 10, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Carl Edwards clocked in in 12th and 14th, respectively. Other Chase drivers include Ryan Newman (17th), Kasey Kahne (25th), and Greg Biffle (33rd).
Hamlin wasn’t done after his Sprint Cup qualifying effort. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took their time trials after the Cup teams had their shot, and Hamlin duplicated his earlier effort, snagging the pole for the Kroger 250 in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Johnny Sauter, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Ron Hornaday, Jr., and Ty Dillon round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
2014 Camping World Truck Series Schedule announced
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday October 25, 2013
NASCAR announced the 2014 Camping World Truck Series schedule today at Martinsville Speedway. The series will run 22 events in 2014 starting at Daytona on February 21st and concluding at Homestead on November 14th. The schedule includes stops at New Hampshire Motorspeedway and Gateway Motorsports Park next year. The series will once again turn right and left at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park along with slinging mud for the second consecutive year at Eldora Speedway.
2014 Camping World Trucks Series Schedule
Feb 21 Daytona
Tweet Lands Another Driver In Trouble
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday October 24, 2013
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Corey LaJoie has been placed on probation after posting an inappropriate tweet on Twitter last week. He will have to attend sensitivity training as prescribed by NASCAR.
In their statement, NASCAR stated that LaJoie is being penalized for “an insensitive and intolerable communication” posted on Twitter on October 15. The tweet, which has since been deleted, suggested that the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) should conduct a cavity search on a man wearing a turban.
Wednesday afternoon, LaJoie tweeted out a statement.
“I am very sorry for those offended by my recent remark,” LaJoie tweeted. “It was an immature & insensitive comment. I am upset with myself and how this has affected what has been a very positive year in my career.”
This incident marks the second time this season that NASCAR has penalized a driver for comments on social media. Earlier this season, Nelson Piquet, Jr. was forced to attend sensitivity training after using a homophobic slur in the comments section of an Instagram picture that Parker Kligerman posted.
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Holding A Pretty Wheel · Amy Henderson · Thursday November 8, 2007
NASCAR has come a long way on safety in recent years. The HANS device, SAFER barriers, the Car of Tomorrow-all were implemented to improve safety and the chances of a driver avoiding serious injury in a crash. By all accounts, they are working. But there is one area in which NASCAR lags far behind other major racing series. Despite all the devices and inventions, the sanctioning body has never seen its way clear to have a traveling medical team.
Such a team with a medical doctor, preferably a trauma surgeon, at its head as medical director is a long overdue addition to NASCAR's workforce. Under the director should be at least one other doctor and a handful of nurses, as well as enough EMT's and paramedics to staff at least three ambulances. Having a traveling team would allow NASCAR to do several things:
Clear (or not) injured drivers to race: By having one doctor with the authority to make this call, with the option of taking the opinions of colleagues into consideration, would in turn allow NASCAR to make a long overdue rules change. In the case where the medical director determined that a driver was unfit to race, NASCAR would finally have a consistent, unbiased source making the call. This would clear the way for a rule allowing the driver to choose a substitute for the race or races missed, without losing valuable points. This would also be a boon in the area of safety, because an injured driver could take a week or two off and not be in jeopardy of losing hard earned ground in a championship battle. An injured driver, rushing back into the seat just to earn points, may not have the reaction time or motor function of a healthy one, possibly leading to a mistake that caused further injury to himself or to another driver. By having one objective person to make the call not to clear that driver, it would allow NASCAR to adjust another rule in the interest of safety.
Implement random drug testing: A medical director would be in position to implement a weekly system to randomly test drivers for illegal substances that would be timely and consistent from week to week. A tight policy would be a deterrent to many young, wealthy drivers considering trying drugs. Again, it's a safety issue. For every driver caught under the current system, are there more that aren't? Possibly, possibly not, but a better system would put the pendulum squarely in the "not" category if drivers raced under the constant possibility of a blood or urine test at any time during the weekend.
Regulate and facilitate crew reactions when a crash occurs: A regular crew manning the ambulances could well mean a much safer race every week. Consider Greg Biffle's fiery exit at Texas. As he sat in his car, surrounded by safety workers, the cockpit of his car quickly filled with smoke and fumes. EMT's trained in racing procedures might have immediately removed the passenger side window, allowing the fumes to escape while they tended to Biffle and helped him out of the car. NASCAR did designate an official to go to the cars with the existing weekly crews so an injured or simply stunned driver might see a familiar face, but a traveling crew would negate that need as the entire crew would be familiar to every driver. In addition a medical director could communicate more effectively with permanent crews, giving instructions that could save a life.
For a sanctioning body that has been so innovative in the safety department and is intent on continuing that trend, it seems ridiculous that NASCAR has not had a permanent medical staff in place all along. There is no reason it could not easily be done, as evidenced by the fact that both the Indy Racing League and Champ Car World Series have had traveling teams in place for years, to the benefit of all involved. It's time for NASCAR to step into the 21st century and do the same before someone pays too great a price.
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Your of course ASSUMING NASCAR really cares!
Which is clear to me that NASCAR only TALKS SAFETY! It has no intention of doing the right things as far as safety goes!
Watch when they do, and do not, throw a yellow flag when an accident happens! Depending on how they want to “manipulate” the outcome of a race, the yellow flag is a NASCAR convenience, NOT a driver SAFETY issue!
Beside, are there not reports out about NASCAR really not making any/enough money these days? So you think they will divvy up some of their funds to pay for such a thing? Maybe they can sell the idea to a sponsor, I can see it now:
“THERE IS A TERRIFIC CRASH IN TURN 3, WELL, HERE COMES THE BUDWEISER AMBULANCE, ALONG WITH THE GENERAL MOTORS SPONSORED SAFETY TRUCKS”!
DR. SMITH, SPONSORED BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON, IS CLIMBING FROM THE BUDWEISER AMBULANCE TO ATTEND THE DRIVER OF THE HOME DEPOT CAR”!
Two points – a very well thought out and well presented article. Everyone else travels race to race, why can’t we have a medical crew doing the same? I understand the local workers like getting prime seats for the race, but is that worth our driver’s safety? Or could we mix and match local crews with the traveling crew?
Secondly, Douglas, how in the world can you say NASCAR only TALKS safety given the advances in recent years? HANS requirement, SAFER barriers, mandatory trips to the Infield Care Center, helmets for the pit crew to say nothing of the overall purpose of the CoT – safety!…yeah, that really shows me inactivity beyond talking about safety. Get a clue…yes, NASCAR is deliberate, but when it comes to safety, they do take action. Or Douglas, are you due back at Area 51 about two days ago?
Here’s another idea…how about having a traveling car chief who determines if cars can go back on the track without taking out half the field when the tires blow or the sheel metal flies off. How many times have you seen chain reaction accidents because a bucket of bolts returns to the track only to fall apart and cause a horrendous accident. Even taking out one car is case for concern, particularly when the innocent team is racing for critical points. The Nascar guys just stand there and watch as cars move back onto the track with sheet metal flapping and tires rubbing up a storm.
How much do you know about the nuts and bolts of emergency medicine?
What you’re proposing sounds very nice, but its essentially impossible on any practical level.
A trauma surgeon who actually works in that capacity only once every 5 years or so would quickly lose skill and currency. And the chances of finding one who would be willing to do the job would be slim anyway — people don’t go into that specialty in order to stand around and do nothing most of the time. Treating minor injuries to pit crew members every couple weeks with maybe a broken bone for a driver once a year isn’t going to be providing the job satisfaction that a person highly driven to make a real difference and save lives requires.
Are you aware that EMTs and Paramedics are certified by individual states? There is a thing called National Certification, but not all states accept it and many require their own training and testing in addition to that certification. Each EMT and Paramedic on that crew would have to be certified in each state in which Nascar races AND they would all have to maintain currency in the required continuing ed for each of those separate, state certifications.
BTW — this usually includes a requirement to put in a certain number of hours on active duty and may require being employed by an in-state ambulance service as well.
Additionally, each locality has an individual protocol that EMTs and Paramedics must follow and individual, local medical authorities that they must work under. So once they were state certified they would have to fulfill all local requirements on top of that.
Where do you propose to get the ambulances you expect them to staff? If you think that local medics are going to bring their equipment to the track and turn them over to complete strangers for the weekend you are out of your mind. It is simply not going to happen.
Yet they won’t be able to load special Nascar ambulances on special ambulance haulers and bring them along with everything else because ambulance specifications and equipment are ALSO regulated by individual states’ standards — many of which contradict each other so that the very things that make an ambulance meet one state’s standards can easily make it violate another state’s standards.
Throwing sufficient money at things may be able to make it all work. But it would probably be wiser and more cost-effective to identify any weaknesses in the training currently given to local safety people and improve that training than to take on the sort of logistical and bureaucratic nightmare that actually implementing this sort of full crew would require.
And you didn’t even mention the need for actual rescue specialists to do any necessary work required to free trapped drivers from their cars — yet another group of people requiring training, certification, equipment, and vehicles.
A very interesting article in theory, but I question the practicality of a traveling team of surgeons and nurses. However, I do believe Nascar could use highly skilled EMT’s at all the races. They could be trained in extrication procedures and be able to communicate with ambulance technicians and local hospitals if needed. M. B. Voelker made some very good points about the “nuts and bolts” of emergency medicine, and Nascar would have to check into the practicality of such an endeavor as well as liability issues. Thank you, Amy, for an interesting and thought-provoking article!
NASCAR’s safety efforts have all been reactive instead of pro-active. They only react after a big name driver is severely injured or killed. The firesuit and fuel cell became mandatory after Fireball Roberts died from burns he received at the World 600 in 1964. The side window net became mandatory after Richard Petty came close to being thrown from his car at Darlington. The all-out efforts with the SAFER barriers, full face helmets, proper seat belt installation, and HANS devices were only made mandatory after the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr., not after the deaths of Adam Petty or Kenny Irwin Jr, even though that technology was available when they died. They might still be alive had NASCAR had a pro-active safety program instead of a reactive one.
A traveling medical team seems to work rather well for F-1, IRL, and CHAMP CAR. The doctors are familiar with the drivers, the medical conditions, allergies, medication, etc. and can make a good judgement call based on their familiarity with the drivers.It has been key in saving a couple of drivers lives. So there is some merit to the idea and it’s worth being considered.
A very good article. MBV’s reasons it can’t work is contridicted by the series that have made it work, NHRA comes to mind. Their Safety Safari is outstanding.
Kevin J made some good points about the safety innovations created in the past years, but they all were mandated and cost Nascar NOTHING.
All you hear about the COT is safety,safety,safety, but if they meant what they said they would also have improved the busch series cars. Is it OK for the Busch series to run unsafe cars?
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