Holmatro Safety Team
INDYCAR and the Holmatro Safety Team are industry leaders in motorsports safety and have been instrumental in revolutionizing the sport.
Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR’s director of medical services, and Mike Yates, INDYCAR manager of track safety operations, the Holmatro Safety Team continually evaluates the latest equipment and its on-track procedures and protocols.
The Holmatro Safety Team consists of approximately 30 safety personnel with a minimum of 18 attending each event – a trauma physician, an orthopedic physician, two paramedics, 12 firefighters/EMTs and two registered nurses. Team personnel have an average of 20 years of experience in their respective areas.
"About 75 percent of our team is comprised of civil servants who are officers in their departments, such as captains, lieutenants and a fire chief, which means they have vast amounts of experience managing people and managing ground scenes and incident command,” Yates said. “Many have bachelor’s degrees in fire science and we also have people who have gone beyond the scope of their local fire departments by being involved with disaster task force teams."
The team travels with four safety vehicles equipped with the most sophisticated rescue equipment from Holmatro and racing technologies, including a 360-degree video camera in the windshield of each vehicle that provides real-time video via the Verizon mobile network to Holmatro Safety Team members and race control.
The Holmatro Safety Team works in conjunction with and coordinates the safety personnel staffing at each venue, including firefighters, ambulance and tow-truck providers and track maintenance crews.
DR. MICHAEL OLINGER
Michael Olinger, M.D., who has been an on-track physician as a member of the Holmatro Safety Team since INDYCAR’s inception, has served as director of medical services for INDYCAR since November 2006.
Dr. Olinger is a professor of clinical emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and serves as the emergency medical services medical director for the state of Indiana.
A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Olinger completed his residency in emergency medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
DR. TERRY TRAMMELL
Terry Trammell, M.D., serves as a safety consultant to INDYCAR and is a longtime member of the Holmatro Safety Team.
Dr. Trammell has been active in providing trackside medical care since 1973, including serving as orthopedic consultant to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and director of medical services for CART. He is a founding member of the International Council of Motorsports Science and a founding fellow of the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety.
Dr. Trammell is a sought-after lecturer on spinal injuries and conditions, and has authored numerous articles published in professional journals.
DR. GEOFFREY BILLOWS
Geoffrey Billows, M.D., was named director of medical services for Indianapolis Motor
Speedway in November 2006 and has been a Holmatro Safety Team member since 1998.
Dr. Billows is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at Indiana University
School of Medicine.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Dr. Billows completed
his residency in emergency medicine at Clarian Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Before
attending medical school, Dr. Billows was a firefighter/paramedic for 13 years with the city of Fairborn, Ohio.