2020 disruption Nazca Season due to COVID-19 pandemic For racers, fans, teams and the industry as a whole, it is understandable that it is disappointing and disturbing. However, in a period of general uncertainty, NASCAR and the racing industry did not completely retreat, but responded immediately to help save lives. Just like other industries are producing equipment Ventilator to Respirator, NASCAR is building protective equipment and designing new protective equipment.
The NASCAR Research and Development Center, located on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina, has turned its high-tech features into real-life medical help-using its 3D printer or even a human prototype mask to make the mask, this is Dr. Wake Forest and The prototypes used by scientists to study better treatment supply options.
The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship team CORE Autosport is also committed to helping. Its team store is manufacturing thousands of masks and distributing them nationwide.
Michigan-based technology company (Technical Inc.) usually provides chassis components for the NASCAR team. The company is manufacturing masks for medical distribution and increasing daily output to 20,000.
Roush Fenway Racing has developed a special prototype "transport box" that helps provide safety and viability when COVID-19 patients and many medical staff are treated in the hospital ward and transported to the hospital floor Barrier.
In terms of innovation, quick response and answering calls, NASCAR's movement is everywhere.
"I think NASCAR is in a unique position in the entire industry, especially at the cup level, where you have some of the best manufacturers and engineers in the world, and we have all the capabilities to make all these parts. car parts Test it, so you have a high talent pool, and then you have the machines and people you need to do all these jobs now, "said Eric Jacuzzi, senior director of aerodynamics, NASCAR R & D Center.
"That's where we really can help."
Unlike any other major sports event, the essence of NASCAR racing involves cutting-edge technology. In fact, these technologies are carried out by rocket scientists, engineers and technical geniuses. They usually concentrate on new racing innovations. Instead of increasing the speed of cars, they are now helping a country manage the historic global medical pandemic.
The jacuzzi said: "It's great to sit at home for a day or two, but I think most people start thinking about what they can do." "The staff we do this job here are volunteers. People volunteer at Came here at nine o'clock in the evening and stayed until midnight-all types of departments. This helped people do this, and even people brought some parts home and asked their teenagers to help solve the problem, so it even made Students at home now have the opportunity to contribute. "
"We are used to working hard and being busy all the time, so this is a big adjustment for us, which can allow us to pause. But it really helps us move on, actually only from the educational side, more Of people are learning how to run these machines and all of them, so for everyone, it feels like they are contributing and providing help, and it is indeed their contribution, which is a good thing. "
At the NASCAR R & D Center, Jacuzzi said the idea of mass-producing masks came from a random homeowners association post on the Facebook page.
According to Tommy Wheeler, the operations director of the Roush team, for Roush Fenway Racing, this is a similar random connection. Dr. Brian Talenk, the brother-in-law of Roush Simulation Director Marcus Marty, reached out to see if Roush could help conceptualize and manufacture a device that would provide another line of defense for medical professionals treating viral patients.
"I said," Yes, we can of course. Let's start now. "Wheeler recall.
"That was around lunchtime (last Thursday), so we mobilized here so that we could make some prototypes, which we did in the afternoon of that day, and then delivered them to Brian (Dr. Talenk) to see if they worked.
"Along with this, doctors and others made a round of adjustments and a few things. He started sending pictures and discussing with the network of doctors and anesthesiologists in the Charlotte area. Then, we made about three more prototypes Machine, by Friday-a day later, I was very proud-we used what we called version 2 Box online.
"They are impressed by (timing)."
Since then, Roush Fenway Racing has delivered 58 units to the hospital from Wake Forest to Miami. Wheeler described these devices as similar to "sneeze guards" in the salad bar. The transparent shield is placed on the patient on the bed-covering approximately the upper body of the patient from head to chest. There are two holes for doctors and nurses to contact, but this protective measure helps prevent the spread of this immediate virus.
Wheeler said: "When they are intubating people, it may be a chaotic and high-risk environment, because of cough, liquid, and may become an aerosol." "This is why they are called aerosols." The reason for the kit, because the compressed air there effectively sprays small droplets into the atmosphere. Imagine that you are in intensive care or other conditions in the intensive care unit. What happened, there were only two or three medical professionals around This happens to personnel (intubation) and eliminates all their personal protective equipment, which, as far as we know, is currently in short supply.
"This is because it contains it, so now it will move their coats from the first line of defense to the current second or third line of defense. This means we have to wipe off fewer masks and less protection. Eyepieces, and the only thing that is effectively removed is their gloves and sleeves. "
It can be explained that all these organizations and many organizations in the racing industry are immediately willing to help. In many cases, the team turned its facility into an improvised manufacturing center to bear its own costs in the name of providing larger commodities.
Core motorsport Porsche In the Daytona 2020 season opener, IMSA's WeatherTech sports car series Rolex 24 GT won the second and third places, manufacturing thousands of masks every day to help supply, and constantly improve when improving products.
"We had this idea. When (team owner) Jon (Bennett) was sitting at home and watching the news like all of us, seeing the shortage of masks across the country, we looked at each other and thought What to do to help and quickly came up with the concept and idea of producing masks, "said the team manager of CORE Autosport Morgan Brady
Brady added: “As people ’s voice for these masks grows higher, the demand is increasing every day. As long as there is demand in this country, we will continue to produce these masks.”
For many racing industries, this is a common and assured theme-everyone is willing to go all out.
"I am proud of our guys and everything we do for the community," Wheeler of Rush said.
"This is a good example because what makes NASCAR and Roush Fenway employees unique compared to the real world is that we have very skilled craftsmen, manufacturers and engineers. What really makes it unique is ours The "everything needed" attitude and our time-to-market expectations far exceed real-world expectations, which allows us to go from concept to production to release in less than 36 hours.
"This is my message to the staff working on the project. No one but us can complete this work during this time. We will continue to do so. We are pleased and proud to be asked to do it.
"What can we do? This is something we can do, so let's do it and help everyone."