Robert Garland, Darlington’s Director of Emergency Services, was honored as the recipient of NASCAR’s Track Services Innovation Award, which was announced on Monday in Charlotte, N.C. Garland received the award for his creative management of the track’s SAFER barrier inventory.
“I was totally surprised with this award,” Garland said. “We are always looking at ways to improve the way we do things at Darlington to be more efficient and timely with our response when something occurs on a race weekend. I am humbled that NASCAR recognized those efficiencies by selecting me as their innovation award winner.”
Garland has been in charge of the fire and emergency response teams over the past three years overseeing all fire and EMS efforts at the track Too Tough To Tame. He was in charge of the track’s wrecker response services prior to his appointment as director of emergency services. He has been a member of the City of Darlington Fire Department for 32 years serving as captain for 24 years and as assistant chief since 2008.
“This is such a tremendous honor for Robert,” track President Chris Browning said. “He is very deserving of this award. His innovative efforts have been utilized and implemented throughout the sport and to see NASCAR recognize that says a lot for what Robert does for racing and Darlington Raceway specifically.”
Darlington Raceway’s Director of Security Mike Richardson was honored with the top track security award last year.
With two staff members earning awards in back-to-back years from NASCAR, Darlington Raceway continues to be recognized as a leader in the industry for emergency services and security for its Sprint Cup Series race weekend each May.
The awards are a testament to the time and effort the staff at Darlington put into making sure fans, drivers and other visitors to the track are provided a safe environment to see the greatest racing in the country every year.