DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway has named Halifax Health, the leading provider of healthcare services in East Central Florida, as the Official Healthcare System of the speedway. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Halifax Health physicians and staff will provide medical services to visitors, crews, staff and drivers at the speedway’s three care centers during Speedweeks 2011 events, including the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 12 and the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, as well as other events throughout the year.

“This wonderful partnership between Halifax Health and the speedway will greatly benefit our competitors, fans and guests,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “Their commitment to the Daytona Beach community and to auto racing over the years is a testament to the high level professionalism and deep caring shared by the entire staff at Halifax Health.  We are proud of our relationship with them.”

“This partnership is really a natural fit for so many reasons,” said Jeff Feasel, Halifax Health President & CEO. “Not only does our proximity to the Speedway make it an obvious choice, but our talented staff and the breadth of services we provide for the community allow us to offer what others can’t, including the area’s only trauma services.”

Located within the state’s largest Emergency Department, Halifax Health’s Trauma Center is equipped to provide emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Specially trained trauma teams, including trauma surgeons, make the program unique to East Central Florida.

Halifax Health employs the only trauma surgeons with advanced training in critical care medicine in the area, as well as the only neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and orthopedic surgeons among others available to support the trauma team around the clock. Halifax Health also offers the area’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Emergency Department, and Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units among its comprehensive list of services.

Halifax Health has enjoyed a successful history of racing industry partnerships, including affiliations with the France family and NASCAR. The France Tower at Halifax Health Medical Center, a state-of-the-art 10-story inpatient facility named for the France family, opened in June 2009. And the Halifax Health - Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics (Speediatrics), the Halifax Health - Keech Center, and the Halifax Health - Foundation have benefited from countless NASCAR and France family fundraising efforts throughout the years.

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2011 events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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