University of Kentucky (UK) Hospital and Kentucky Speedway announce that Dr. Troy Rock has been appointed speedway medical director. Rock replaces former director Dr. Steve Stapczynski, who is leaving UK for Phoenix, Ariz.

Dr. Rock will oversee the UK Hospital's Kentucky Speedway staff during all race events and work closely with the Kentucky Speedway Fire and Safety Team, directed by Charles Williams.

"I am honored to be taking the place of such a well-respected man and physician, Dr. Stapcyznski," Dr. Rock said. "He has provided an exceptional service to the speedway and I look forward to continuing that service. I have been working with Charles Williams to ensure both a smooth transition and that the level of medical care continues to excel. The University of Kentucky's staff is very excited about the 2004 season."

Dr. Rock graduated with distinction from the UK College of Medicine in 1996, followed by a residency in emergency medicine at UK. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Rock served as a faculty physician in the UK Dept. of Emergency Medicine for one year. Following a stint in the private sector, Dr. Rock has been with UK's Emergency Dept. since January 2003.

The UK Hospital has been the "Official Medical Services Provider of Kentucky Speedway" since the $152-million facility opened in 2000. In August of 2003, the partnership was extended through 2005. UK provides air medical services and emergency care to assist race competitors, pit crews and fans should a medical emergency arise during an event. On site coverage includes emergency physicians, nurses and technicians as well as a fully equipped Bell 230 helicopter with an experienced flight nurse and paramedic team.

"In the fire safety field, it takes dedication, hard work and a willingness to work as a team. Dr. Stapczynski was a valuable resource to our program and will be truly missed," Williams said. "We have been working the past several months to prepare Dr. Rock for his role as medical director for the Kentucky Speedway Fire Safety Program. He will be a valuable resource to our team. He is enthusiastic about this position and is ready to dive in and help our program continue its rich tradition of being one of the premier fire safety programs in motorsports."

~ Kentucky Speedway ~