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FALL 2015

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Government Elearning! Fall 2015 19 BY GREG ROSE Te National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a big deal. In 2014 alone, it sanctioned more than 1,000 stock car races across 10 diferent series at hundreds of tracks in seven countries. An average of 5.3 million viewers tune into each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event from February through November. According to various independent eco- nomic studies, on average, each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race adds nearly $150 million to local and regional economies. Imagine for a moment the human capital and logistics required to successfully exe- cute an entire NASCAR season. If you total up all the National Series race days across all 29 active tracks, NASCAR relies on more than 8,000 "day-of " people to ensure that every race delivers the quintessential NASCAR experience. TRAINING THAT STICKS NASCAR breaks the total number of "day-of " resources into groups. About 7,800 of these individuals are employed by the tracks them- selves and fall under the category of "Track Services." Te remainder are track employees and volunteers who work in other areas or are NASCAR employees and race ofcials who have a multitude of race-day responsibilities. Both the Track Services workers and NAS- CAR ofcials have to be trained meticulously in preparation for a race. "Safety is NASCAR's highest priority," says Karen Masencup, director of Train- ing & Development. "Each race requires a skilled group of fre, EMS and track opera- tions professionals who are prepared to respond quickly to any number of potential incidents that could occur during NAS- CAR's unique racing environment." Stock car specifcations and confgura- tions change annually; tracks are designed to maximize speed and competitiveness; cars can achieve speeds of more than 200 miles per hour; and driver cockpit tem- peratures ofen creep past 130 degrees. As a result, NASCAR training initiatives must Learning at 200 MPH

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