The University of Kansas Health System

Kansas Speedway

Setting the Pace at Kansas Speedway

Before the speedway could come to Kansas, access to a nationally verified Level 1 Trauma Center was necessary. And The University of Kansas Health System’s first sports and healthcare partnership was born in 2001.

Before the ground was even broken, Kansas Speedway and racing experts collaborated with our trauma professionals, determined to set the standard for the way infield care centers are built and operated. That commitment paid off, with Kansas Speedway and The University of Kansas Health System sharing a national reputation for quality among drivers, pit crews and fans.

In fact, the NASCAR organization has twice honored our professionals. Dennis Allin, MD, medical director of The University of Kansas Health System’s Emergency Department, received NASCAR’s Medical Director Award in 2014 and our Infield Care Center staff received the NASCAR Teamwork Award in 2013.

How We Help Each Other

  • The University of Kansas Health System emergency and trauma teams staff the infield care center and first-aid stations during each race weekend – which attracts hundreds of thousands of loyal fans. Together, about 40 staff members care for drivers, pit crews and fans each May and October.
  • The region’s only nationally verified Level 1 Trauma Center and only accredited adult and pediatric burn care facility are just eight miles from the speedway.
  • Together, The University of Kansas Health System and Kansas Speedway created one of Kansas City’s most popular, successful galas, Treads & Threads. Since beginning in 2002, Treads & Threads has raised more than $10.5 million to care for patients with cancer at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.