Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Tuesday that American Medical Response (AMR), a leader in emergency medical transport, has been named the new sponsor of the INDYCAR Safety Team.
Having signed a multi-year partnership with INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, AMR will replace Holmatro as primary sponsor of the Safety Team and provide emergency and non-emergency ground medical transport services at IMS.
The newly branded group will be known as the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and will provide medical response and care at all Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy events this season and going forward.
However, Holmatro – which recently signed a five-year extension with the Speedway and INDYCAR — will still be involved, providing safety tools to the Safety Team.
The AMR INDYCAR Safety Team is made up of nearly 30 physicians, nurses, paramedics and firefighter/EMTs who average 20 years of experience in their respective areas of medical and rescue specialties.
According to a media release, “AMR’s logos and red, white and blue colors will adorn the safety team’s firesuits, trucks and transporter, effective with this week’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which opens the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.”
“The INDYCAR Safety Team has a world-renowned history of setting the standard for emergency services in motorsports, and AMR is proud to sponsor the group for the 2018 season and onward,” AMR President/CEO Ted Van Horne said. “With our focus on safety and experience providing onsite medical responses at numerous sports venues, there is a natural fit for us to sponsor the safety team.
“We are also pleased to be the official provider of ambulance services at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.