MCRP Proud Part of Lane Automotive Safety Summit

Updated: Mar 12

Lane Automotive Safety Summit Rousing Success

Sterling Heights, MI (Tuesday, March 10, 2020) - For the 3rd consecutive year, Motor City Racing Promotions (MCRP) embarked on the trip across I-94 to Watervliet, Michigan’s, Lane Automotive for their annual Safety Summit. Held prior to the start of the racing season, staff from Lane Automotive, Kalamazoo Track Services (KTS), MCRP and other decorated organizations come together to shed light onto areas of the motorsports industry in which safety should be prioritised.

For the first time, MCRP and its officials were privileged to showcase their Command Center for the public to view. Set along-side KTS’ popular Flipr and Cutr simulators, the Command Center was fully revealed, including the coordinated layout that helps produce a seamless operation. Also on display were Motor City Racing Promotions’ Safety 1 and Chase vehicles, offering an in-depth look into the preparation required to field a comprehensive safety team.

Officials from MCRP also found themselves immersed in the Safety Summit, including hosting and sitting on panels and round-table discussions. MCRP President, Scott Menlen joined KTS Director Jake Steele, Mike Myers of Speed Enterprise Race Track Safety (SERTS), and Steve Sinclair of K&K Insurance on a Promoters Round Table. There, a compilation of information was shared amongst track owners and promoters from across the state, discussing how to help ensure the safety of drivers, fans, and officials. Pre-planning for incident response and prevention was a strong area of focus as preparations ramp up for the 2020 season.

The Safety Crew Best Practices round table workshop focused on topics such as equipment maintenance, inventory and care along with, operations, documentation, training, controlled roll and more. Plus, MCRP explained their specially designed tow strap for use on tubular chassis race cars. In addition to MCRP, many other tracks and organizations were represented during the round table, including Corrigan Oil Speedway, Gingerman Raceway, Great Lakes Super Sprints, Kalamazoo Speedway, Merritt Speedway, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and Tri-City Motor Speedway.

Tara Miller of MCRP, hosted a Wellness and Racing Discussion panel to end the day. Moderated by MCRP’s Media Director, Zach Hiser, drivers Chris Hettinger and Ron Allen joined the MCRP duo to discuss ways to prepare for and maintain a healthy and athletic body during racing conditions. Hettinger and Allen also shared stories on how safety equipment has helped and hindered them during their careers. Hettinger explained how he and his team comb through their Victory Custom Trailers CRA Junior Late Model before the season begins, ensuring that all safety devices are up-to-date and fully operational. For Allen, he recalls his vicious crash from Toledo Speedway several years ago, and how despite his quick work to exit the fiery car, he still received third-degree burns, and spent a month in the hospital.

Horsepower Happenings was on hand through the event as well, catching up with those from the industry including Andrew Scheid, Mike Myers, Rachel Carpenter and others. From the Summit, Horsepower Happenings, Hiser recorded a special show. Listen to it now by clicking here.

In addition to the presentations directly related to MCRP, Lane Automotive secured other industry professionals to share their Safety Story. From Charlotte, North Carolina, Lyle Barnett told the tale of his near death experience behind the wheel, and spoke on

the industry becoming proactive rather than reactive. Lifeline USA brand manager, Brandon Marshall was on hand to discuss having a fire suppression system, Manufacturing Engineer for Davidson Plyforms, Dean Huizenga discussed pit and shop safety and why it is just as important as driver safety. Also on hand was Ham Lake, Minnesota’s Ryan Bowers, who presented Planning for the Worst-Case Scenario to have the Best Possible Outcome.

In all, several hundred motorsports enthusiasts came through the Showroom at Lane Automotive during the one-day-only Safety Summit. With new equipment, and information in hand, all within the industry look forward to an even safer and more safety conscious season in 2020.

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