By: Tanner Watkins
May 9, 2019 | 3:00 PM
After months of anticipation, the feature film Rapid Response will hold its world premiere at the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX Theatre on Friday, May 24. The premiere fits in well as an evening cap to Miller Lite Carb Day and will be held two days prior to the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Rapid Response is a documentary that shines a light on some of the most influential motorsport accidents and injuries – moments in the sport’s history that shaped and pushed safety innovation in the modern era.
Produced by Roger Hinze and Michael Miles, the film has been adapted from the book written by Dr. Stephen Olvey titled Rapid Response: My Inside Story as a Motor Racing Life-Saver.
Olvey, a renowned safety innovator in motorsports and a longtime doctor in the IndyCar ranks, is just one of the many notable figures featured in the film.
Rapid Response features interviews from influential members of the auto racing community, including Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Chip Ganassi, Parnelli Jones, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves. Each of the previously-mentioned men have won the Indianapolis 500 – as either a driver or car owner – while also understanding the harsh consequences of the sport.
Furthermore, the film dives deep into the life-saving medical practices developed and performed by Dr. Olvey as well as Dr. Terry Trammell. Indianapolis’ own Methodist Hospital is also featured in the film due to their long history of providing first-rate medical services to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and has treated injured race drivers and advanced motorsports medicine since its creation in 1908.
Finally, the film evaluates the importance and timeline of notable safety innovations from racing’s last thirty years. This includes the development and investment of a traveling safety team pioneered by INDYCAR, trauma medicine, concussion research, advanced orthopedic surgery, and the HANS device.
Following the film’s unveiling in Indianapolis on May 24 it will be released to the public in theatres nationwide, at a later date to be announced. Rapid Response was produced by the Los Angeles-based company A Mile A Way Productions and has a running time of 102 minutes.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.
Open-Wheels coverage of the 2019 month of May at Indianapolis is presented by Driven 2 Save Lives. Driven 2 Save Lives, an entity of the Indiana Donor Network, is a program that utilizes motorsports as a platform to encourage race fans to become organ donors. Currently, there are 114,000 individuals that are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor at Driven2SaveLives.org/register and follow Driven2SaveLives on Facebook and Twitter.