Driver safety is paramount at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by NASCAR, which presented the Magic Mile with the 2012 “Above and Beyond Award.” The award was given recently as part of the NASCAR Medical Liaison Department Awards at this year’s NASCAR Summit in Concord, N.C.

The award is presented to an individual or infield care center (IFCC) that not only performs their job very well, but often exceeds expectations. It is given in recognition for hard work, dedication and commitment.

Michele Robertson, the nursing director at NHMS, accepted the award on the speedway’s behalf. Robertson and her staff of doctors, nurses and techs from Concord Hospital partner with the speedway to staff the care center.

“Safety is our number one priority for our fans and competitors. From NASCAR to local car club events, our track is busy daily from April through October, so we know the importance of going above and beyond when it relates to our safety procedures and staffing,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “I’m proud of our speedway team for their hard work and the recognition by being honored by NASCAR.”

According to NASCAR’s criteria for the recognition, the recipient typically has four racing series at their track on race weekend. From the start of a very compact schedule until the last car is off track, the care center is always well prepared, starting well before race weekend and incorporating training at the track to include the doctors and nurses. The opportunity to see first-hand the activities that occur on- track was provided and it took the initiative to gain more information and knowledge to have a better understanding of what happens with the driver prior to the arrival at the care center.

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