Two-Day Safety Training Class Prepares Track Services Personnel For Bank of America 500 Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2010) - On Sept. 11-12, more than 80 students gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a...
Two-Day Safety Training Class Prepares Track Services Personnel For Bank of America 500 Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2010) - On Sept. 11-12, more than 80 students gathered at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a two-day track services personnel training session in preparation for the Bank of America 500 Weekend at the Mecca of Motorsports.
Twenty instructors led the sessions, which included classroom training and hands-on experiences for fire, rescue and EMS personnel. Topics covered included extrication, fire suppression and on-track EMS. The teaching staff consisted of instructors from nine race tracks: Charlotte, Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Memphis Motorsports Park.
Also, on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the instructors were joined by two FDNY firefighters who assisted with the training sessions: Mark Stone, Assistant Chief, FDNY Incident Management Team and Pater Cachia, Bureau of Operations.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a pioneer in safety training for NASCAR events and was the first NASCAR-sanctioned race track to offer such a class, starting in 1991. Personnel from other tracks including Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway came to the classes as students and began implementing similar programs at their respective tracks a few years later.
Charlotte Motor Speedway was the first track to have its own rescue truck and the first to put paramedics on the track fire trucks.
"A quick response by our track services personnel is always necessary because treatment starts on the track, not when the driver gets to the infield care center," said Shaun Johnson, manager of track services. "We never want to see an on-track incident, and fans don't want to see drivers get hurt, so our track services personnel need to be prepared through training sessions like this one."
Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4 Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75 per person and fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of America 500 Weekend Super Ticket for just $99.