A longtime sponsor of the INDYCAR traveling safety and medical team, Holmatro and the sanctioning body have announced a five-year extension to their current status as Official Rescue Tool Provider of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Continuing in this capacity, the Holmatro logo will be displayed on safety team members’ firesuits, vehicles and transporters while Holmatro tools are utilized as the primary extraction device in emergency situations. The successful and cutting-edge relationship between Holmatro and INDYCAR has revolutionized the way that safety response teams treat drivers at the race track, while helping develop their world-famous rescue tools.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
As noted in the official INDYCAR press release on the announcement, the accident sustained by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe in 2015 helped develop a tool that now allows for the team to cut a section of the Dallara IR-12 tub more quickly, allowing for easier access to the driver in order to serve his or her needs in a much quicker manner.
This came after a post-event diagnosis that revealed the time spent trying to extricate Hinchcliffe was far too long, and efforts made to decrease that time were made.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years. We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”
Holmatro has been a safety equipment partner with IndyCar since the 1991 season.
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off its 17-race campaign on March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, with coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be contested on Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET on ABC), while the season finale will be held at Sonoma Raceway on September 16 (6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).