Archive for May 2013
Community Health Network leads Indy 500 performance training for SFHR
During the action-packed Indy 500, racing teams understand the importance of a strong pit crew on the outcome of the race. That's why the pit crew for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR), along with other teammates, is training with Community Health Network's Sports Medicine staff as part of an individualized employee wellness program from Community Employer Health.
"Our new partnership with Community Health Network is a great example of going beyond traditional marketing strategies in racing," said Sarah Fisher, co-owner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. "Our team is focused on the health of our employees, both on and off the track, and this partnership allows us to emphasize the importance of their fitness in an environment where hundredths of seconds count. We hope people will peek into the new Body Shop, Powered by Community Health Network at our Speedway headquarters where training for the athletes of SFHR resumes in May."
Community Employer Health had the luxury of working with SFHR as the race team was designing its new racing headquarters site on the re-developed Main Street in Speedway. Knowing the team's focus was on physical and mental toughness for peak racing performance, Community designed detailed performance management plans for SFHR driver Josef Newgarden and his crew.
"Our relationship with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing is an excellent example of why customization of employee health and wellness plans is so important," said Steve Zetzl, vice president of Employer Health at Community Health Network. "Each of our clients has unique issues and goals. Our objective is to understand those issues and plan a wellness program that makes employees the healthiest they can be. Having an onsite health program is one of best ways to lower healthcare costs for employers."
Components of the SFHR Employee Health and Wellness plan include:
Onsite Fitness Center
Management and staffing
Performance training for driver and pit crew
Corporate wellness services
Annual onsite health screening and health assessment
MyPath program, a digital health management platform that allows participants to wirelessly download and track their physical activity
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Occupational Health and Medical Services
Work-related injury care
DOT/CDL services (exams and substance abuse testing for those required to have a commercial driver's license)
Annual flu vaccinations
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation's most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana's leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them-in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor's offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community's full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.
About Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) was established in 2008 and is owned by former driver Sarah Fisher, the youngest woman ever to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the first woman to run a full IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, and businessman Wink Hartman. SFHR has competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2008, earning its first victory in 2011 at Kentucky Speedway.
Newgarden Posts Career Best Finish in Brazil
In the birthplace of the legendary racing driver Ayrton Senna lies an 11-turn temporary street circuit that hosted Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series today. The 2.535-mile asphalt and concrete track for the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 bumps and bruises more than just about any course on the series calendar and two things are needed to survive - patience and time.
Starting dead last today in 25th position as a result of a penalty extended for an engine change, Nashville-resident Josef Newgarden and his team thought they might have to count on healthy doses of patience and time as their only strategy. But a record number of cautions at the São Paulo circuit gave the Speedway, Ind.-based team the opportunity they needed to get Newgarden the best finish of his brief IZOD IndyCar Series career.
"I thought we had a really strong race and a top-five is really good going into Indy," said Newgarden. "Given where we started, that's exactly what we wanted to do, score solid points and get some momentum going into the 500. I think we've absolutely done that."
A late-race charge by Newgarden after a restart put him in position to battle for the lead. The 22-year-old racer made several attempts to put his Honda-powered Dallara chassis on point, but he ultimately yielded to James Hinchcliffe, the eventual winner. Newgarden hung on to his fading tires to squeeze out a fifth-place finish for his SFHR team to take back to their new racing headquarters in Indiana.
"It was a little bit of a disappointment," Newgarden said. "I think we had a better car than fifth. You have to take what you can sometimes. We're really pleased at all of the hard work that gets put in from everyone here. It's good to get representative results. We'll try to take that momentum and do well at the 500."
The SFHR team heads home to Speedway for a short walk from the race shop to the 97th Indianapolis 500 where Newgarden put the No. 67 in a seventh-place starting position last year. To get the latest news from SFHR, follow @SFHRindy on Twitter.
SFHR "Animado" for the Spirit of Sao Paulo
Racing and soccer do not typically coincide, but for Brazilian sports fans both are top-notch entertainment, and definitely provide a reason to be "animado," or very excited as we would say in English.
Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) Dallara/Honda/Firestone car, is traveling more than 5,000 miles south of Indianapolis for the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300, the only IZOD IndyCar Series race outside of North America.
Sao Paulo's steadfast soccer fans leave no shortage of enthusiasm when they take over the track, according to Newgarden.
"The big difference with racing in Brazil compared to racing in the States is that the fans are very, very passionate," he said. "It's almost like racing during a soccer match. They're super passionate about soccer down there and I think they bring that same sort of energy to the weekend, which is pretty cool. Going anywhere where you have fans that are that appreciative and that excited to have you there is always fun."
The Streets of Sao Paulo also presents an opportunity for team bonding , as most of the crews stay on the race compound for the entire weekend.
"Last year Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) was supposed to shave his beard but he ended up not doing it, so I slapped him in the face with a handful of shaving cream," Newgarden said laughing. "I don't think it made it on the air anywhere but it was on tape, so it's out there somewhere!"
The sophomore driver can always be counted on for a funny Sao Paulo story, but even more important is Newgarden's reverence for the street circuit itself.
"I like the track a lot," Newgarden said. "I like the way it's laid out, and it's very different than anywhere else we go. It has the longest back straight that we will go to at any point this year, which is very unique."
The 22-year-old relishes the challenge the 2.536-mile street circuit brings.
"We have to run very low down force, which is not typical for a street course," Newgarden said. "Normally on street courses you run a lot of down force, but in Brazil you can't because the straights are so long. That makes it difficult to balance but I think it's really fun."
In his rookie season, Newgarden qualified ninth and drove the fastest lap of any competitor before making contact with a wall that cut his race short. The second year star hopes to take what he learned last year and use it to his advantage.
"We have a great setup that I think will start the weekend on a good note," Newgarden said. "It is straight from the setup we learned and developed last year. If anything we just need to do a good job of scoring solid points because I know we will have a good car."
Newgarden is hoping for a solid result in Brazil that would give his team positive momentum heading into the next IZOD IndyCar Series race, the Indianapolis 500.
"Momentum is a big deal and Indianapolis is coming up right afterwards, so momentum coming into Indianapolis right after Brazil is crucial and we have to do a good job there," he said.
The Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 will air live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 5. For updates from the No. 67 car follow @SFHRIndy on Twitter.