The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single sporting event in the world. It draws people from all over the world with final crowds routinely being over 320 k people filling in the 559-acre infield of the racetrack. On the day of the Indy 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield becomes the 2nd largest city in Indiana surrounded by 32 athletes piloting racecars at over 230 mph speeds. It takes a lot of planning and execution to ensure a day like this runs smoothly. On the day of the race, there are over 200 medical personnel, 100 firefighters, 800 members of law enforcement, and 40+ agencies working alongside each other to ensure safety of the athletes, team members and venue guests.
We invite you to look behind the scenes at the medical team’s preparation and response for the Indianapolis 500.
About the Presenter
Julia Vaizer, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
After fellowship, she was appointed into the role of the deputy medical director of the INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In November of 2022, Dr. Vaizer became the first female medical director to lead medical response for the INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dr. Vaizer is also a deputy medical director for Indiana University Health LifeLine, the largest EMS agency in Indiana. She practices emergency medicine at the Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. In her free time, Dr. Vaizer enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.