Mar 23, 2011 at 06:56 PM
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IndyCar Now Has An Official Air Ambulance

IndyCar now has an official air ambulance company. AirMed International announced today it has become the Official Air Ambulance of IndyCar, the governing body of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights.

Under the terms of the new sponsorship agreement, all IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights employees and racing team personnel will become members of AirMed’s medical evacuation and repatriation program, which provides air ambulance transport to the hospital of the member’s choice from any point on the globe. AirMed's says its current clients range from the U.S. Department of Defense to hospitals, like the Mayo Clinic.

“Whether at a race or off-track, we have a strong commitment to safety,” said Dr. Mike Olinger, IZOD IndyCar Series director of medical services. “Not only do we strive to provide what’s best for our drivers and teams, it’s also extremely important to us that the best services are available to our employees, as well. With its unparalleled reputation, AirMed is able to meet our needs. Since we take the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights across the country and to markets outside of North America, we’ll require first class facilities and personnel to transport our drivers, teams or employees to their desired destination for treatment, if necessary. It gives us great peace of mind knowing that we can turn to AirMed in these situations.” Photobucket

The AirMed Traveler membership program has more than one million members in North America and covers individuals and their family members who are ill or injured while traveling, providing bedside-to-bedside air medical transportation along with a 24/7 medical services hotline, pre-trip security briefings and many other benefits.

“Both AirMed and INDYCAR agree that safety is the top priority for every life we touch, so we are extremely pleased with this new relationship,” said AirMed International CEO Jeffrey Tolbert. “As INDYCAR continues to expand globally, they can rest assured that AirMed will be there to support them should an unexpected emergency occur. Now the fastest drivers in the world will have the fastest way to recovery.”