MEDICAL TEAMS READY FOR NASCAR RACE WEEK FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 17, 1999) - Throughout the race weekend, medical personnel will be set up at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure that fans and drivers alike have a safe visit to the 1.5-mile ...
MEDICAL TEAMS READY FOR NASCAR RACE WEEK
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 17, 1999) - Throughout the race weekend, medical personnel will be set up at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure that fans and drivers alike have a safe visit to the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Two general first-aid and rescue locations for spectators will be located at the facility. The first location will be in the center of the infield on the east side of Allison Ave. The second location will be outside the main grandstands, across from Gate 6.
"These locations are for the safety of the fans," said Dr. Robert Genzel, speedway medical director. "The care stations will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on race days. They are fully equipped to handle anything from a minor scrape to cardiac arrest. An ambulance will also be available 24 hours a day to assist with any problems which require transport to a hospital." In all, eight ambulances, fourteen paramedics, and twenty-four EMTs will be located throughout the facility during race week.
The QualityCare Network Infield Care Center is available for any driver injuries which may occur. As a precaution, a medical team of five doctors and five nurses will be present during racing events. During a race, medical emergency teams consisting of eight ambulances, four fire trucks, two rescue vehicles, and a helicopter are on standby in case of an accident on the speedway. If an accident does occur during an event, the group instantly jumps into action to make sure that the drivers are out of harms way.
"Our goal is to have the most complete and efficient medical set-up in the country," said Dr. Genzel. "We have a training course which simulates actual racing so that our teams can have first-hand experience on dealing with a potentially life-threatening incident."
On Saturday, March 20, the medical emergency teams will participate in an full day of preparation for the upcoming PRIMESTAR 500 race week. The session will begin at 9 a.m. From approximately 1-5 p.m., "race cars" will turn laps at the speedway and medical teams will have to respond to the various "situations" which will be staged.