Rapid Respone, a documentary film about the safety innovations in the NTT IndyCar Series and tells the story of Dr Stephen Olvey who as a medical student in 1966 was saw advertisement to attend the Indianapolis 500 as a volunteer. Olvey, a lifelong motor racing fan was shocked and appalled by the lack of medical care and facilities available to the drivers.
The film made by Mile Away Productions, an LA based production company will be simultaneously released in the US and UK on September 6.
The film has interviews with Dr Olvey, and NTT IndyCar Series medical delegate Dr Terry Trammell who is a surgical consultant to the series. There are also interviews with IndyCar legends Rick Mears, Helio Castroneves, Parnelli Jones and Mario Andretti to name but a few.
The film goes into wonderful detail about the safety innovations that the NTT IndyCar Series have developed such as concussion protocols which were in IndyCar before any other sport.
The NTT IndyCar Series were also instrumental in the introduction and development of the SAFER barrier and the HANS device which is now mandatory in many forms of motorsport. The series is also at the forefront of current safety innovation as next year they will introduce the aero screen which has been developed by Red Bull Advanced Technology.
The series have also for this season mandated the use of the Advanced Frontal Protection a small device which repels debris away from the drivers head in the event of a crash and this was instrumental in Sunday’s race in Pocono as it stopped debris hitting Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda during the first lap crash involving five cars.
Speaking about Rapid Response co director Mike Miles said:
To have our movie open at the same time in the two top motorsports markets in the world is a dream come true. Rapid Response has been a passion project of mine as both a documentary filmmaker and motorsports fan for years. My partner, Roger Hinze, and I could not be anymore proud of the film. This is a movie not only for motorsports fans, but for all audiences. This a true story told by the men who changed the culture of an entire sport through the application of science. They are true heroes who saved countless lives. Dr. Olvey and Dr. Trammell, are men that any parent would be proud to have their child emulate.
(Video courtesy of Rapid Response)