Pendleton, Ind. (August 21, 2003) - The American Speed Association (ASA) and Sparrowfoot Fire and Rescue Inc. have partnered to develop a high-speed fire and rescue vehicle. The arrangement between the two companies will allow ASA to ...
Pendleton, Ind. (August 21, 2003) - The American Speed Association (ASA) and Sparrowfoot Fire and Rescue Inc. have partnered to develop a high-speed fire and rescue vehicle. The arrangement between the two companies will allow ASA to staff and use the vehicle at the final four events of its 2003 racing season. This innovative safety truck, named Rapid Race Rescue, will debut at the Greased Lightning Orange Blast 400 at Elko Speedway, Elko, Minn., on September 1, 2003. It will also be utilized at Illiana Motor Speedway on September 19-20, Salem Speedway on October 4, and the season finale' at Fairgrounds Speedway at Nashville on October 18-19.
Believed to be the first high-speed race rescue vehicle of it's kind, the Rapid Race Rescue will represent another milestone in motorsports safety.
As ASA and Sparrowfoot Fire and Rescue continue to look for ways to make automobile racing safer, the basic premise remains that the quicker rescue personnel can get to an incident scene, the more likely there will be a favorable outcome.
The Rapid Race Rescue vehicle is configured so that it can run nearly as fast as the competing race vehicles themselves. This should allow the safety team to begin their response much sooner than most current rescue vehicles. As the Rapid Race Rescue vehicle approaches the incident scene, it can begin extinguishing any fire and cooling the driver from as far away as 60 feet. This ability will allow the safety team to have the fire under control as they arrive at the scene, allowing them to immediately direct their attention to the driver.
Driver safety is among the highest of priorities for everyone in the racing industry. The Rapid Race Rescue vehicle should be a major part of improving safety at all levels of auto racing competition. With this new vehicle, ASA and Sparrowfoot Fire and Rescue continue to strive in keeping all racing competitors as safe as possible now and in the future.