Unsung Heroes: NASCAR Safety Team

Safety workers respond at Texas Motor Speedway
credit/Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs

Brave. Resilient. Selfless.

Unsung Heroes.

Who are they? First Responders.

These are just a few of the characteristics that can be used to describe them. These men and women work hard, sometimes under the most challenging circumstances, to make a difference in the lives of others. Being first on the scene of an accident or incident, they do their absolute best to provide assistance to everyone involved.

Many of them have seen things up close and personal that we couldn’t even imagine, yet these phenomenal individuals get up each and every day poised to embrace whatever the day may bring their way. It’s a profession that is unique, challenging and definitely not for the faint of heart.

Every minute counts and there definitely has to be a high level of calm as well as focus when you are responsible for providing care for another human being. Your actions could sometimes mean life or death in a situation, even your own.

The NASCAR community was shaken to its core at the conclusion of the Daytona 500 as a result of the final lap racing accident that had veteran driver Ryan Newman’s car airborne, in flames and then on its roof, heavily damaged.

I think it’s important to take a moment to acknowledge the safety team who worked diligently and quickly to get Newman safely out of his race car and into the awaiting ambulance to be transported to the local hospital. They reached him and Corey LaJoie, whose car hit Newman's, in a matter of seconds.

Since 2017, NASCAR has partnered with American Medical Response (AMR) to have a dedicated traveling safety team for the Cup Series to work alongside local track personnel. These highly experienced volunteers provide medical, safety and security services that are essential during the entire season, specifically for the top tier series.

Dr. Ryan Stanton, NASCAR Safety Team Medical Director & Lexington Emergency Physician, made a brief statement about the sport's safety measures in an interview with WKYT that aired Tuesday. 

"Most wrecks that do take place [in NASCAR], if you were in a passenger vehicle, would be a fatal collision. But with the safety that's in place we are blessed by the fact that the major injuries are pretty rare and far between," he said.

In the words of actor Dean Cain, “Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are the members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders.”

If you get the opportunity to interact with an emergency response professional, let him or her know that you are appreciative of the work that they continue to do selflessly on a daily basis.
Unsung Heroes: NASCAR Safety Team Unsung Heroes: NASCAR Safety Team Reviewed by Unique Hiram on Friday, February 21, 2020 Rating: 5