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New partnership boosts physical training for auto racing athletes

| Indianapolis—Auto racing is, by nature, a high-risk sport that requires athletes to develop sharp reflexes and an extraordinary level of focus and fitness. To give these racecar drivers a competitive advantage behind-the-wheel, two Indianapolis-area sports performance organizations are teaming up to provide these athletes with access to elite level training resources and advanced healthcare services at the state’s most comprehensive health system.

This week, Indiana University Health Sports Performance at IU Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and PitFit Training launched a long-term partnership to make IU Health the exclusive provider of sports medicine and healthcare-related services for PitFit athletes.

Through the partnership with IU Health Sports Performance, all PitFit athletes will have access to orthopedic and sports injury evaluations, concussion management and baseline testing, functional movement screenings, sports-specific physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition services, sports psychologists and certified athletic trainers. The agreement will also give the athletes and staff affiliated with both IU Health Sports Performance and PitFit Training access to each organization’s training services and facilities at no cost to either party.

At IU Health Sports Performance, nationally certified specialists customize sport-specific strength and conditioning programs that combine medically integrated sports performance training and sports science to help athletes maximize their speed, agility and power while reducing their risk of injury. “We’re thrilled to partner with one of the bigger names in auto racing performance training,” said Scott Handlon, director of IU Health Sports Performance. “Nearly one-third of the IndyCar drivers competing to race in the Indianapolis 500 train with PitFit. Now, these athletes have access to our Olympic-level training facility and a comprehensive, medically integrated program here at IU Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.”

PitFit Training, a fitness organization focused exclusively on developing motorsports-specific training programs for athletes, has trained more IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champions than any other fitness organization in the world. Its programs challenge auto racing athletes through intense training regimens incorporating martial arts, boxing, cycling, strength training, swimming, rock climbing and yoga – sometimes performed in extreme heat – all with the idea of challenging the minds and bodies of their athletes in the same way an actual racing event would. “We already have a tremendous program that attracts the top world’s drivers and teams, but the addition of the IU Health Sports Performance team puts us that much above the competition,” said PitFit president Jim Leo, who founded the organization in 1993.

Some of the drivers that have trained with PitFit, and now have access to IU Health Sports Performance, include Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Kasey Kahn, Sam Hornish, Jr., Larry Dixon, Morgan Lucas, Levi Jones and James Hinchcliffe, to name a few.

For more information about IU Health Sports Performance call 317.848.JUMP (5867) or visit For more information about PitFit, visit

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