Charlotte Motor Speedway employee, Norrie Baird, has been honored by NASCAR with the Excellence in Track Services Award. Presented annually, the winner is selected by the NASCAR track services team.

The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the improvement of track services at a single track over the course of a career spanning 10 years or more. NASCAR President Mike Helton presented Baird with the award along with a helmet autographed by all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, who now resides in Pineville, N.C., Baird joined Charlotte Motor Speedway's staff in May 1980 as a part-time employee after working with safety teams on the Formula 1 circuit. At that time Baird was responsible for making sure drivers were safely extricated from damaged race cars after accidents. He became a full-time employee when he was named emergency services director in 1991 and began implementing new procedures that are now common practices at race tracks across the country.

"Norrie Baird has been a pioneer in the area of trackside safety," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"His training classes on driver extrication, on-track firefighting, medical response and vehicle recovery have been attended by trackside emergency services personnel from tracks nationwide. It's a true honor that NASCAR has recognized Norrie for his contributions to the sport."

Under Baird's watch, Charlotte Motor Speedway became the first track to have a safety team that consisted of a fire and safety crew, the first to have paramedics aboard fire trucks for quick response and the first to require drivers to report to the infield care center after an accident. He also instituted the speedway's first safety class for area paramedics and created a model for training that many NASCAR tracks have utilized to ensure a safe environment for drivers.

Currently, Baird serves as a Loss Prevention Specialist in the guest services and logistics department. He is responsible for protecting the assets of Charlotte Motor Speedway and

performing risk mitigation for the entire property. Other duties include daily property tours to ensure a safe and secure environment, assisting in investigations of incidents that may pose a risk to the company and maintaining and implementing training programs for OSHA compliance.

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