The much-celebrated IndyCar Safety Team will undergo a noticeable change before this weekend’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix on the streets of St. Petersburg.
On Tuesday, IndyCar announced that AMR (American Medical Response) will be the new sponsor of the team, which provides medical response and care for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Mazda Road to Indy.
The unit will now be known as the AMR IndyCar Safety Team.
AMR’s red, white and blue colors will be decorate the team’s fire suits and emergency vehicles, beginning this weekend.
Additionally, AMR becomes the official ambulance provide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the IndyCar Grand Prix and 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.
“In our opinion, INDYCAR’s safety team is the finest in motorsports,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations in Tuesday’s press release announcing the news.
“We are excited to partner with AMR to continue building the legacy of this outstanding group.”
AMR has provided medical support for sporting events ranging from high school to the National Football League and Major League Baseball. In the press release, AMR president and CEO Ted Van Horne expressed how IMS and IndyCar are a natural fit for his company.
“The INDYCAR Safety Team has a world-renowned history of setting the standard for emergency services in motorsports, and AMR is proud to sponsor the group for the 2018 season and onward,” said Van Horne.
“With our focus on safety and experience providing onsite medical responses at numerous sports venues, there is a natural fit for us to sponsor the safety team. We are also pleased to be the official provider of ambulance services at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Holmatro, the previous sponsor of indyCar’s safety team, will still remain involved in the series.
The company and IndyCar announced that they agreed to a five-year deal on February 20 to continue as the official rescue tool provider, a role they have served in since 1991.
After an offseason that has seen a slew of new companies enter the team and driver sponsorship side of the Verizon IndyCar Series, one of the series’ hallmarks will experience the same just as they enter the 2018 season.
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