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Rapid Response: My Inside Story as a Motor Racing Life-saver Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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Saturday Star "(CAN), Dec. 9, 2006"The coming year's best-seller in motorsports books is bound to be Rapid Response."" " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dr Stephen Olvey was Medical Director for Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in the USA, having served in that position from 1978 to 2003. In this capacity he helped save Alex Zanardi's life - hence Alex's foreword to the book.
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The book covers forty years of racing and a whole range of experiences. Dr Olvey's career wasn't just confined to working in racing so he can tell stories of both superstar drivers and regular doctors and nurses. The book opens with the story that demonstrates just how much can be done even in the most desperate circumstances; that of Alex Zanardi's crash in Germany in 2001. Both of Zanardi's legs were severed above the knee in a high speed collision, yet he survived thanks to the skill and speed of the medical team. Compare this with the norm in the 1960s and '70s. The author recalls a time when safety precautions were so haphazard that an Indy 500 winner could roll out of the back of an ambulance strapped to a gurney!Read more ›
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The stories go through the years with the first ones taking place when Dr. Olvey was new to the sport and they progress on throughout, ending up close to the present day. His recollection of the Alex Zanardi incident in all its gruesome detail is masterful, yet terrifying to read.
The book also touches on safety advancements made during Olvey's time in the sport, but here is where the book has a weakness. Olvey makes it clear he does not like NASCAR and judges the organization quite unfairly throughout the book when it comes to safety. He focuses on the negative aspects and omits many positive ones NASCAR has taken during the last decade.
That being said, it is still a great read and I would recommend it to any race fan, regardless if they watch American open wheel racing or not.
If you're at all interested in the inside story of Indy Cars or safety aspects of racing, I highly recommend this book. It is both entertaining and informative.
If you are a race fan, you will enjoy this book.
Thank you Dr. Steve great book and thank you for the signed copy.