My name is Chuck Kaufman and I am the Communications Director at Allina Health EMS. I am also co-owner of the Cedar Lake Speedway which is a 3/8 mile oval dirt track located in New Richmond, Wisc. A couple of fun events we hold at the the speedway each year are “Battle of the Buses” which is school bus racing participated by the local high schools and “Faster Pastor” which is auto racing featuring local churches. We would like to do something similar with ambulance racing headlining local EMS providers. Your EMS agency is invited to participate in the inaugural ambulance race which will be held Saturday August 17th , 2013 at 6pm. While this event is all about fun and entertainment our number one priority is safety for the drivers.
Here are some of the key points and rules of the race:
- Each agency must provide their own ambulance for the race. It can be any type of rig, gas or diesel, type 2 or type 3, etc.
- The driver of the ambulance must be an employee of the agency and must sign a waiver form.
- The engine must be left as a “stock” engine with no modifications.
- Each ambulance must have a four point restraint system (provided by the speedway), installed in the ambulance for the driver.
- All drivers must wear a Snell safety approved helmet. We have some to use at the speedway if you do not have one.
- Driver fire suits are also recommended but not required. We have some to use if you wish.
- All glass other than the windshield must be removed. This includes mirrors, headlights, tail lights, side lights, etc.
- It is recommended that all official decals of the agency be removed from outside of the rig. It is encouraged though to paint or customize the rig with a racing number and company colors, etc.
- There will be other regular auto racing that night along with the ambulance racing. During the event the ambulances will take the track 3 times.
- The winning team will take home a large trophy.
- A percentage of the profits from the event will be donated to a charity to be determined by the ambulance racing group.
- There is no entry fee for the ambulance or the driver.
- There will be a practice session the week of the race so drivers get comfortable on the track before race night.
Spectator admission to the event is $12 for adults and $6 for students 6-16 yrs. Children 5 and under are free.
Also there is free parking and free overnight camping at the speedway.
After race night, the speedway can store the race ambulances, free of charge for the next year, for agencies that wish to do that.
For anyone interested in participating, I welcome you to come out to the track free of charge on May 11th to watch the school buses race and to learn about these type of events.
These are the main highlights with many other details to come. If your EMS agency is interested in this fun event please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 612-363-6728 for more information by May 11th. To learn more about Cedar Lake Speedway visit us @ www.cedarlakespeedway.com .
Currently 3 agencies have committed to race: Allina, HealthEast, and New Richmond EMS. We are hoping to have 7 or 8 agencies racing this first year starting a new tradition for local EMS.