NASCAR issues statement following multiple stories of lost ambulance drivers
The ambulance issue at Richmond Raceway has brought light to other new issues regarding the safety protocol. Today, NASCAR drivers have been openly critical of a wide range of safety issues
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Multiple drivers has spoken of ambulance drivers getting lost, regularly. Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick, among others have told similar stories.
NASCAR has issued a statement:
“The follow-up discussions that centered around the ambulance issue at Richmond went well beyond where it parked and the procedure that led us to that point. It was all-encompassing, and we’ll continue to work with the tracks and safety teams to improve in every aspect of support.”
“Safety is paramount, and it’s something we work hard at all year long, from the season-opening [safety-worker] summit to intensive weekly reviews of every incident response to continual training for crews.”
“We hold ourselves to a very high standard of excellence.”
Where did this coming from?
Kevin Harvick: “The one thing I will say about the ambulances this year… Is we have had a lot of issues,” stated Kevin Harvick.
“Ambulances getting lost. Ambulances being late to the scene of the wreck. Not getting dispatched fast enough. Stopping on pit road.”
Matt Kenseth: “I think it was actually the spring Richmond race. I was driving around the infield for about five minutes with him. He was lost and couldn’t find the care center.”
“So thankfully I wasn’t bleeding to death. Then the other one I think is after California or something like that. He drove so recklessly, it threw me right off the bench and I almost hit my head in the ambulance. So, yeah, there’s been a couple instances this year actually.”
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