NASCAR Hires Safey Analyst
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ NASCAR hired a safety analyst and three medical liaisons to full-time positions Thursday in its latest new safety measure for stock car racing.
``With these positions, we are delivering on a commitment we made last year as part of our latest safety initiatives,″ NASCAR President Mike Helton said.
Jerry Kaproth, a retired Minnesota State Patrol district commander, will be the safety analyst. His responsibilities will include investigating race crashes and aiding NASCAR’s engineering group with accident reconstruction.
Besides extensive experience in those areas during a 20-year career with the State Patrol, Kaproth has been an accident reconstruction specialist for his own company, Kaproth Consulting, since retiring in 1997. He will work at NASCAR’s new Research and Development Center in Conover, N.C.
Robin Morrisey, Denese Meeks and Lance Davin have been appointed as medical liaisons, each assigned to one of NASCARs three national series.
The role of the medical liaison will be to gather and maintain detailed medical histories of the drivers and coordinate medical services with the track, drivers, crew members and local hospitals.
Morrisey will be responsible for Winston Cup. She brings eight years of nursing experience, the last two as nurse practitioner at the Heart Failure Clinic at Pomerado Hospital in San Diego.
Meeks will work with the NASCAR Busch Series after more than a decade in nursing and health care management. She most recently served as the quality management nurse for Humana, Inc. in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Davin will be assigned to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. She is a registered nurse and certified operating room nurse. She arrives from the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, where he served as a nurse education clinician for the surgical services division.
NASCAR’s 2002 season starts Friday with the opening Winston Cup practice for the Feb. 17 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.