Road to Indy Partners Assist in the COVID-19 Crisis
 May 8, 2020| 
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Shining a light on Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires partners and their efforts to assist in the COVID-19 crisis

With the 2020 racing season on hold while the world combats the spread of COVID-19, several in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires community have shifted their focus toward creating and distributing much needed supplies to the health care industry and local efforts.

 

Cooper logo stack blueFindlay, Ohio-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., through its Foundation, is donating more than 200,000 face masks (both KN95 and single-use surgical masks) to non-profit hospitals and health care organizations.

Just over half the masks are designated for the New York City area, with local customer Mavis Discount Tire assisting in the choice of the local recipient – St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. A nonsectarian, acute care community hospital, St. Barnabas treats the most critically ill patients in the New York area. The Level One Trauma Center was recently termed “a war zone” by Gothamist.com, as doctors dealt with an influx of COVID-19 patients that saw their Intensive Care Unit running over maximum capacity.

The remaining masks are being distributed in the communities in which Cooper Tire has local operations, including Clarksdale and Tupelo, Miss., Texarkana, Ark., El Salto, Mexico and its home base in Ohio.

 

dallara1Speedway, Ind.-based Dallara has switched its production line from motorsports to medical equipment, utilizing the large-scale cutting machines to create much needed personal protective equipment. The workers at Dallara have set the machines to cut the pieces necessary to create medical gowns, which are sewn together by Indianapolis-based StitchWorks. The machines can easily switch to cutting masks as well, depending on what fabrics were received that day.

The U.S. facility took a cue from its Italian headquarters, as the Varano operation recently began manufacturing ventilator parts and embarked on a research and development project with Parma Hospital to design a valve that can convert a snorkeling mask into a non-invasive respirator.

 

Andretti-Logo_Black_2xThe two-time Indy Lights champions teamed up with 3D printing partner Stratasys to also begin manufacturing PPE components. The Zionsville-based team, in concert with its Andretti Technologies counterpart, utilize two Stratasys 3D printers to create elements that can be used to make face shields for frontline medical personnel. With both printers at work, the team will be able to print components for approximately 100 shields in 72 hours.

Stratasys has made the face shield components available on its website, encouraging other members of the 3D printing community to join their efforts. The company’s global initiative currently has supply commitments for over 14,000 shields weekly, with a goal of growing capacity over the coming weeks to meet the demand for over 40,000 per week. The shields are being delivered to hospitals, clinics, academic medical centers, fire stations and nursing homes.

 

VPIn response to the COVID-19 crisis, VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a global leader in performance fuels, lubricants, and additives, launched a new division in April – VP Hand Sanitizer, which will support the needs of commercial businesses, retailers, and racetracks.

The 80% alcohol antiseptic product is available to distributors and retailers, making a large volume supply of hand sanitizer available for employees and store locations. The company is also in conversations with race series to provide supply for hand sanitizer stations as fans return to racetracks around the country.

VP Hand Sanitizer is available in a variety of container sizes, including 32-ounce, 1-gallon, and 5-gallon packaging, as well as 54-gallon drums and 325-gallon totes.

 

HMD logoHMD Motorsports sponsors HMD Trucking and Turtle Plastics joined forces with the National Clean Water Collective, WS Darley & Co. Water, and Wristsponsible in order to deliver 5000 gallons of water from Dallas, Texas to the city of Flint. On Friday, April 17th, HMD Trucking trailers pulled into the city carrying twenty-three pallets of water ready to be distributed to those in need throughout the city this week.

The city of Flint has dealt with a polluted water situation since 2014, when damaged pipes from a local water treatment plant allowed lead to seep into the water table. According to WDIV Detroit, officials continue to work toward replacing all the pipes but with Covid-19 delaying the final pipe replacements, Flint residents continue to rely on bottled water.

Turtle Plastics Logo 2Turtle Plastics, founded in 1980 by Tom Norton and his wife, Dr. Karen Bradley, repurposes recycled plastic to create ergonomic safety products. The company, and its Turtle Plastics Foundation, has a long history of supporting local communities. They have partnered with the National Clean Water Collective and actor Hill Harper to raise money for Flint water relief (https://www.gofundme.com/f/Covidrelief4flint).

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