NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that it is partnering with American Medical Response to create a traveling safety team.
This marks the first time NASCAR has had a dedicated traveling safety team. Previously, NASCAR used medical liaisons on site working with track-specific medical teams during the weekend and in the infield care center.
The plan is to have a rotating pool of emergency trauma physicians who will split travel for each event. A key is that the physician must be licensed in the state where the event is being held.
NASCAR announced that it will have a chase vehicle that will be sent to the accident site and include an AMR doctor and a paramedic to administer care when needed.
AMR, which delivers EMS support at a number of NASCAR events, will provide a physician to serve as the national medical director of the AMR Safety Team to oversee all services provided by AMR and work with the NASCAR Medical Liaisons and NASCAR Consulting Physicians.
“This is a perfect partner in terms of enhancing of what we already do,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.
“Candidly, this was a no-brainer. Drivers have looked at care and as you look at concussion protocols and all these things become more and more important of that initial look into the race car, who is that, what is their qualifications and how are decisions being made for us became more and more of a key area to look at. AMR provides that expertise for us.”
The safety team will be available at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends. It will not be available for any events separate from the Cup weekend. Thus, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series standalone events will not have this, but each series will have it available when competing at the same track as Cup in a particular weekend.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s will sponsor Richard Childress Racing in multiple races in the Cup and Xfinity Series next year, the team announced Monday.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s merged in September 2017.
The outdoors brands will be on Ryan Newman‘s No. 31 Chevrolet during the 60th Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 and in several other races during the season.
They will also be a primary sponsor for Austin and Ty Dillon on the No. 3 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series for several races.
“Our relationship with Bass Pro Shops dates back to the mid-1990s and we’re thrilled to be able to continue it during the 2018 season,” team owner Richard Childress said in a press release. “Austin, Ty and Ryan are terrific ambassadors for the great outdoors. They are all passionate about our hunting, fishing and conservation heritage which has made this partnership thrive.
“Next season will be exciting as we welcome Cabela’s, the iconic outdoor brand acquired by Bass Pro Shops, to the RCR family.”
In an update Sunday written on CaringBridge.org, Ingram’s daughter, Ingrid Jones, said her father remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Asheville’s Mission Hospital.
According to Jones:
“Daddy continues to hold his own, making healing steps forward and then a step back, which we fully expected-but he’s surprising us each and every day with his strength and courage to overcome this. Overall, he’s doing amazingly well.”
Ingram’s family had hoped he could have moved out of ICU and into the Trauma Unit as the next phase of his recovery, but he remains in intensive care.
“For now, he’ll remain in ICU until he can go a full 24 hours without ventilator assisted breathing. We’re almost there … but may still be a few days.”
Ingram, who turns 81 on Dec. 28, was able to sit in a chair and watched part of Sunday’s NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings with his family. Jones wrote that Ingram also was surprised to learn that the mountain near the family’s Asheville-area home received a total of 16 inches of snow Friday and Saturday.
Jones added, “We continue to be optimistic for his health, and we also continue to appreciate the prayers and encouraging thoughts.”
K&N Pro Series West 2018 schedule includes Las Vegas dirt race
The 2018 K&N Pro Series West schedule includes the series’ first dirt race in 39 years.
NASCAR announced the 15-race schedule Monday, revealing the series will race on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Sept. 13.
The race will kick off NASCAR’s playoff-opening weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for all three of its national series.
It will be the series’ first dirt race since 1979 at Ascot Park in Gardena, California. The K&N West series joins the Camping World Truck Series in holding one dirt race a year. The Trucks race at Eldora Speedway in July.
The K&N West season will open March 15 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.