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A day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can bring a variety of healthcare issues. After all, major races such as the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 draw hundreds of thousands of fans with the potential to suffer anything from minor injuries to life-threatening conditions. At the same time, the tremendous physical demands and extreme speeds of racing mean that drivers can experience various types of injuries.

When you are at a mass gathering, leaving to obtain healthcare can be a challenge because of crowding and other concerns, such as the location and size of the venue. Waiting for paramedics to arrive from the outside could be equally problematic. Fortunately, Indiana University Health has been at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for every race to provide medical care for drivers and spectators for more than 100 years and is equipped to address such challenges.

On a typical race day, we have emergency medicine physicians, an orthopedic surgeon, a neurosurgeon and a trauma surgeon at the emergency center, along with many nurses and other staff members. Between the center and our first-aid stations, we routinely care for more than 1,000 patients in a day. As a result of our many decades working with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we have unique expertise in treating motorsports injuries and other conditions that occur at the track.

When you attend a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you can be assured that if you experience a health emergency you will receive high-quality care from IU Health. Our emergency center at the track handles medical needs that arise among spectators, drivers, employees and crew members.

At our on-site emergency medical center, we maintain the expertise and technology to handle the vast majority of health problems that arise at the track. Common problems among fans include:

  • Minor abrasions
  • Sprains
  • Sunburn
  • Nausea
  • Dehydration

Typical complaints among drivers include:

  • Neck sprain
  • Concussion
  • Bruises
  • Abrasions
  • Fractures
  • Dehydration

However, more serious problems can occur, such as heart attacks among spectators or complex trauma among drivers. In these cases, we arrange a quick transfer to an IU Health facility.

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How We Can Help

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