SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) — Like Indianapolis 500 drivers, the AMR IndyCar Safety Car team must also practice before race day.
News 8’s Hanna Mordoh sat down with AMR IndyCar Safety Team Manager Tim Baughman to explain what exactly the team is preparing for.
“Our team knows the cars very well. Obviously, we have a real training element here that we’re working with. We have firefighting and extrication tools for driver removal. We have trucks that we take with us, our Chevy Silverados are custom-built to hit the road with us, and service to get out on the trail in quick response. Baughman said.
The team, made up of former firefighters, has its own model car – a 2012 Dallara chassis – which it uses to simulate emergencies.
“It’s an Indy car without the engine, the wheels, the fenders and the fuel cell. What it does is give us real-time practice evolution so we can practice and be very effective in getting the driver out… We have special tools that go down into the car to keep the driver’s head, neck and back aligned so we don’t injure them further, and our goal is to do that in no time minutes and get the driver to the hospital,” Baughman said.
Hopefully the team won’t have to be deployed on race day.