Today, shortly before qualifying, the safety vehicles at the Circuit of the Americas are going to make a whole lot noise with their horns and sirens, as a “one minute of noise” salute to the track’s director of safety Lon Bromley, who drowned two weeks ago in a fishing accident in Oregon. Bromley was a celebrated worker in the field of motor racing safety and one the primary players in the US, alongside Terry Trammell and Steve Olvey.
From the late 1980s onwards Bromley was head of the Horton Safety Team at all CART and Champ Car races and he played an important role in saving a number of lives, notably that of Alex Zanardi after a crash at the Lausitzring in Germany in 2001.
Bromley and Dave Hollander were in charge of the two rapid intervention vehicles that would arrive at the scene of a big accident and would assist the doctors in the process of stabilising injured drivers and then extracting them from the wrecks. Trammell says that Bromley was the best “scene commander” he ever worked with. Bromley went on to a much bigger safety role and was seen as a safe and knowledgable pair of hands and a much-loved figure in the US racing fraternity.