Importance of safety to ASA evident with hiring of Scott Isaacs. Pendleton, IN (March 4, 2003) -- Long known as being at the forefront of racing technology and safety, ASA has taken the lead for safety in another direction by hiring a safety ...
Importance of safety to ASA evident with hiring of Scott Isaacs.
Pendleton, IN (March 4, 2003) -- Long known as being at the forefront of racing technology and safety, ASA has taken the lead for safety in another direction by hiring a safety director to travel to all 17 ASA Racing events. By hiring Scott Isaacs as the safety director, America's premier short track stock car racing series has an individual who will be a constant with the series and who will be overseeing and improving all safety aspects for the touring division.
"I'm really thrilled about the opportunity to work with the ASA Racing Series. I have seen the series develop since I was a little kid and look forward to servicing the ASA community with the best emergency care possible," said Scott Isaacs.
Safety has always been at the forefront for ASA, seen as early as 1978 when the sanctioning body mandated the use of Lexan windshields instead of glass and the use of mufflers, saving the hearing of both competitors and fans. In 1979, ASA introduced the use of aluminum racing seats, fiberglass bodies and an 18-gauge fuel cell. Safety initiatives continued through the 1980s and in 1992, ASA introduced a series-specific car with all competitors utilizing a common center section designed to provide maximum safety to the drivers. In 2002, the sanctioning body required its competitors to be equipped with a head and neck restraint system and mandated the use of a six-point safety harness system versus the traditional five-point seat belt system.
Starting at the opening event of the 2003 season, Isaacs will serve as the safety director for the American Speed Association. The primary focus for him is to develop a set of safety guidelines to provide quality service to the competitors, staff and fans.
"The ASA car is very safe and the series has established some great safety guidelines," Isaacs said. "That shows a strong emphasis on safety. I hope to increase the safety level and decrease the chance of injuries."
Isaacs, a native and resident of Pendleton (IN), is employed as a lieutenant for the Indianapolis Fire Department specializing as a paramedic and working on the rescue squad. At IFD, he routinely supervises the rescue squad, responds to emergency, medical and fire calls and provides advanced medical treatment.
"It should be a huge benefit to have the competitors see a familiar face when they are involved in an accident. A lot of the emergency personnel that ASA worked with in the past did a great job, but these people only dealt with the series once or twice each year."
Isaacs hopes to raise the level of safety at all of the 2003 tracks that the ASA Racing Series visits.
"A lot of the tracks have top-quality safety units," Isaacs said. "The primary goal in working with these people is educating them about our procedures. We want them to work close with us, providing supreme safety."
The 2003 ASA Racing Series begins on March 22 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland (FL). This marks the series fifth trip to the .75-mile oval. Eventual 2002 National Champion Joey Clanton won last year's season opener at the track.