This weekend, about 60 firefighters and EMS personnel from across the country will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway, training for any emergencies that may come up during this season’s races in May and October.
On Tuesday afternoon, Shawn Johnson, senior manager of track services at CMS, took Eyewitness News around one of the jet dryers they have at the speedway. Jet dryers are used to dry or clean the racing surface.
Like the one Juan Pablo Montoya hit Monday night in Daytona, it holds 200 gallons of fuel.
While Johnson said he was surprised by what happened in Daytona, he said it's one of the scenarios they prepare for.
Inside a garage are firefighting materials the speedway will need for race day, from extinguishers and oil dry, to the first response trucks that go out when a car wrecks.
During a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, there are as many as 450 first responders all over the speedway, 140 firefighters on the track, along with 14 medics; some local, others from all over the country.
But they all have the same basic training for what to do in an emergency.
“We all have our positions. We all know what we're supposed to do. We all know who our leader is and how they're labeled out on the race track,” Johnson said.
Johnson said training is the foundation of any job, but is especially important in racing because cars are often moving around them at more than 55 mph.