Orlando Health to Sponsor Performance Tech Motorsports
Orlando Health to sponsor Performance Tech Motorsports prototype piloted by renowned spine surgeon, Robert Masson, MD
Orlando Health joins Performance Tech Motorsports for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in support of driver and renowned spine surgeon, Robert Masson, MD. Dr. Masson, who serves as the medical director of the Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital Spine Center of Excellence, is making his debut in the Rolex 24 driving the No. 38 Centinel Spine ORECA LMP2 in an effort to increase awareness of the importance of spinal health.
“We are extremely pleased to support Dr. Masson and Performance Tech in this manner,” said Mark Marsh, president, Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital. “Dr. Masson’s commitment to spinal care is evidenced by his data-driven performance and innovative surgical solutions that result in exceptional outcomes for patients.”
Masson and his practice focus on minimally invasive spine surgery for which he became world-renowned by providing unmatched advancement to procedure and medical devices.
"I am extremely proud to race in the No. 38 Le Mans Prototype representing Orlando Health and our commitment to preventative health, wellness and extreme recovery in surgical solutions,” Masson said. “We have a long commitment to a center of excellence model in surgery solutions for people who travel from around the world to Orlando to receive surgical care.”
“As a lifelong athlete, I got to experience that first hand when I had my own spine reconstruction surgery after a severe spine injury in 2013. When my own career, dreams and sports lifestyle were threatened I received world class surgical care and recovery at Orlando Health – Health Central. As I race in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the prototype class, I choose Orlando Health.”
Following his own spine surgery experience, Masson began chasing his racing passion to encourage his patients and enhance his message of overall health, recovery, optimization and survival. As he begins his third season of IMSA racing, he faces his most significant challenge yet on North America’s largest stage for sports car racing, the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Performance Tech team Principal Brent O’Neill is thrilled with the outpouring of support Dr. Masson has received for his first Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“It’s just really amazing you know,” O’Neill said. “This is the first time he’s running this race. People see how hard Robert works as a surgeon and now they’re supporting him in racing. He is someone who is head down all the time, in everything he undertakes. He’s become a really great driver over the last couple of years; he’s prepared to do this, so I’m happy to see that the people in his world notice that as well.”
Orlando Health makes its debut on Performance Tech Motorsports’ No. 38 Centinel Spine ORECA Saturday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Daytona International Speedway. The four-day event kicks off Thursday, Jan. 24, with a full day of practice and qualifying. Friday, Jan. 25, offers a shortened schedule with one practice. Saturday, Jan. 26, the green flag will drop at 12:35 p.m. ET for the start of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race is broadcast on NBCSN, NBC Sports and IMSA.tv. For a detailed viewing schedule, check your local provider’s listing.
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