My inside story as a motor racing life-saver
- Among the racing legends with whom Dr. Olvey has worked — and who have their places in this book — are Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, A.J. Foyt, Graham Hill, Nigel Mansell, Rick Mears and Al Unser Jr.
- Dr. Olvey attended his first race, the 1955 Indianapolis 500, at the impressionable age of 11, and saw his favourite driver, Bill Vukovich, killed in a fiery crash while leading.
- He began working at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway while attending medical school, making his first professional appearance there in 1966, when his first on-track rescue involved Graham Hill in his rookie year.
- Dr. Olvey organised the first traveling medical team in motorsports and was eventually joined by long-time colleague and friend, Dr. Terry Trammell.
- Continuing to work together over several decades, Dr. Olvey and Dr. Trammell have used their study of the cause and effect of racing crashes and injuries to make significant advances in safety, with many lives saved and serious injuries avoided.
- The writer of the foreword is Alex Zanardi, whose life Dr. Olvey helped to save after a violent accident in Germany in 2001, and who subsequently returned not only to motorsports, but also to handcycling, becoming a three-time Paralympic gold medalist.
Evro Publishing Limited, 9781910505397, 312pp.
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
About the Author
Dr Stephen Olvey has been involved in saving lives and improving safety in motorsports for nearly 50 years, primarily in his role as Medical Director for the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) racing series in the US, a position that he held from 1979 to 2003. He remains active in motorsports as a member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile Medical Commission, a consultant to Indy Car Series and Motor Sports Director of the University of Miami Concussion Program. He is an associate professor of clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
As Medical Director for Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in the USA, Dr Olvey helped save Alex Zanardi's life - hence Alex's foreword to the book.
Dario Franchitti is the 17th driver to win Indy 500 more than once, the first coming in 2007. Dario hails from Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, but currently resides in Tennessee.