Safety is supposed to be an important of NASCAR racing.
From the last lap incident at The 2001 Daytona 500 that ultimately took the life of Dale Earnhardt to an Xfinity Series incident that almost ended Kyle Busch’s career at the same track, NASCAR has both stumbled and strided when it comes to safety. Unfortunately for NASCAR, they have taken several steps backwards this season and alot of that has to do with ambulances.
For example, a miscommunication between NASCAR and medical crews resulted in several drivers almost running into an ambulance on pit road at Richmond, and while many thought that was NASCAR’s worst blunder this season, it turns out that things got much worse. In fact, one top Cup Series driver told reporters that the ambulance that was supposed to be taking him to the care center ended up getting lost in the infield.
The ambulance driver and guy in the passenger seat were yelling,” Almirola told reporter in the media center about his ambulance ride after suffering a career threatening injury at Kansas Motor Speedway earlier this year. “They were stuck somewhere in the infield amongst the motorhomes and couldn’t figure out how to get back the infield care center.
Almirola went on to say that,”“I have met with NASCAR on it and they are trying to figure out ways to rectify it. They run all their pre-race routes on Thursday or Friday and then through the weekend a lot of campers show up and the infield looks drastically different on race day than when they run their pre-routes. I think that was one of the challenges they had in Kansas. I did get lost in the back of the ambulance and that wasn’t very much fun in the moment.”
NASCAR doesn’t have their own medical staff and are forced to rely on a different set of personnel at different race tracks. NASCAR did make a partnership with the American Medical Response to have a rotation of personnel to accompany NASCAR officials in a chase vehicle, but NASCAR usually contracts local medical personnel at each track to work the weekend’s races