By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
CONCORD, N.C. – Starting with the 2017 season, the chase truck that serves as first responder to on-track accident scenes will feature a couple of new faces, thanks to a new partnership, announced on Wednesday, between NASCAR and American Medical Response (AMR), a recognized leader in emergency medical services.
AMR will provide a trauma physician and a paramedic to the on-track safety team for each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend.
“Collaboration with drivers helped us move toward this,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, adding that the doctors provided by AMR will represent “a recognized person that drivers trust.”
The partnership will enhance existing medical services already in place at every track. Local emergency room physicians will continue to staff the Infield Care Centers, thereby maintaining strong relationships with local medical facilities.
“This partnership further strengthens NASCAR’s medical response capability, making our well-established medical response system even better,” said O’Donnell during a comprehensive briefing for reporters at NASCAR’s research-and-development center.
“AMR is a leader in the emergency services sector, and its doctors and paramedics add another layer of expertise to the immediate response team.”
AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare, will also participate in the ongoing wellness of drivers and in the screening and evaluation of drivers for such things as possible concussions. AMR currently provides EMS support at tracks on NASCAR’s West Coast Swing (Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana).
In addition, AMR becomes the Official Emergency Medical Services Partner of NASCAR as well as the presenting partner of the annual NASCAR (Track Services) Summit.