The Pit Crews: This 1971 Short Film Looks At How Pit Crews Worked In NASCAR, IndyCar, and On Modifieds
If you are a racing fan these days you know that when an open wheel car hits the pits the stops are incredibly quick. Fuel and four tires go by in a flash and not one extra ounce of movement is wasted by crew members. They mount and secure tires so quickly that if you blink, you’ll miss it. Fuel is seemingly teleported into the tanks of those cars, and they’re back on track before you know it. NASCAR stops are slower not because of the people but the equipment. Five lug nuts, the fuel can, the jacking process of the car. All of it is different and in its own way, awesome.
The Wood Brothers are profiled here and they rightfully get a lot of credit for revolutionizing the idea of high performance pit stops. Their influence is still seen today in the ways that pro teams turn their cars around during races! This is so, so good.
Press play below to see this awesome 10-minute, 1971 short film called “The Pit Crews” –
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