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Steele pursuing career as a NASCAR pit crew member
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(06-28-2017 06:14 AM)PurpleRain Wrote:  http://www.nvdaily.com/sports/local-spor...ew-member/[/url]

Thanks for posting this. And thank goodness we had Gage at JMU!
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(06-28-2017 07:36 AM)jmuroadwarrior Wrote:  
(06-28-2017 06:14 AM)PurpleRain Wrote:  http://www.nvdaily.com/sports/local-spor...ew-member/[/url]

Thanks for posting this. And thank goodness we had Gage at JMU!

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Wouldn't want to get in a tussle with him in the pits. Dude is jacked. Kind of guy you like having on your side.
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RE: Steel pursuing career as a NASCAR pit crew member
We had a guy who'd played FB at Stanford on our team. He was the jackman, but he was single and no children. Most of the guys who service the racecar during the event are part-time and have other full time careers outside of racing. It's a great thing for a young person, but he states that he's married and has a child. You don't normally make enough to support yourself solely as a "raceday only" team member. While the pay is great for a part-time gig, tough to support a family on it. Plus, it consumes your weekends when many guys want to do things with their family. Of course, every individual has his own particular set of circumstances.
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RE: Steele pursuing career as a NASCAR pit crew member
Cool. I know there are a lot of ex college football players. These guys train their arses off practically year round (Cup season is 40+ weeks Feb-Nov). Weightroom and practicing pit stops endlessly (+ practicing the endless list of scenarios they can encounter with damaged cars or mechanical issues)..All the teams have strength and pit coaches..I see a lot of the crews are pitting the Xfinity race on Sat and the Cup race on Sunday..Now down to 6 over the wall guys where a good 4 tire change, refuel, & any minor adjustments pit stop is considered 11 seconds.
Here's a short NBC Sports piece about all the former college football players for Hendrick Motorsports.
http://www.nbcsports.com/video/football-...-pit-crews

I imagine Steele would be a jack man or gas man. Those guys have to be fast and strong with a little bit of weight/beef..
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I love that our coaches are still finding ways to help steer a young man if the NFL doesn't bite. I agree that it could be tough for a married man with a child to let that consume their whole weekend. I didn't realize they weren't full time.
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(06-28-2017 11:40 AM)Potomac Wrote:  I love that our coaches are still finding ways to help steer a young man if the NFL doesn't bite. I agree that it could be tough for a married man with a child to let that consume their whole weekend. I didn't realize they weren't full time.

It's the guys who go to the track when the car leaves who are full time. There are also many guys who build the cars who don't go to the track, they are also full time. It's been a couple decades now that these athletes have taken over the duties of pitting the cars during the race. They have very minor responsibilities on the car itself.

They usually arrive on raceday, set up the pit area, work the race, tear down the pit area, and go home. They'll go to the shop for practice and training, but most try to get regular jobs that have some flexibility. We had a couple guys who were physical therapist, some guys might be employed at a gym, yet quite a few are normal business people who might work at your local bank.

The guy who worked for us from Stanford, was a full time guy doing a lot of odd jobs, but when he left us and went to Hendricks, he became self employed and started a company renting scanners to fans to use during a race so they could listen in on their favorite team's conversation during an event. He was also paid extra to be the "trainer" for the other pit crew members at Hendricks. He also helped in the selection process.

Sometimes the teams will find a use for a pit crew member and bring him on full time, but for the most part, they don't turn wrenches, build fenders, or know how to spray paint a car. Their purpose is to take four tires off, put four tires on, and fill the car up with gas in 11 seconds. They'll be taught how to make some quick repairs with tape, or get a fender off a tire which contacted the wall or another car, but anything major, they pull the car to the garage and the real mechanics and fabricators go to work.

Though, NASCAR has come up with some rules preventing a car from going back out on the track which takes more than five minutes to repair forcing the guys pitting the car to be a little more in step with the team. I think the teams can still make mechanical repairs like change an axle but not anything major that happens due to a wreck.
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(06-28-2017 03:28 PM)BleedingPurple Wrote:  
(06-28-2017 11:40 AM)Potomac Wrote:  I love that our coaches are still finding ways to help steer a young man if the NFL doesn't bite. I agree that it could be tough for a married man with a child to let that consume their whole weekend. I didn't realize they weren't full time.

It's the guys who go to the track when the car leaves who are full time. There are also many guys who build the cars who don't go to the track, they are also full time. It's been a couple decades now that these athletes have taken over the duties of pitting the cars during the race. They have very minor responsibilities on the car itself.

They usually arrive on raceday, set up the pit area, work the race, tear down the pit area, and go home. They'll go to the shop for practice and training, but most try to get regular jobs that have some flexibility. We had a couple guys who were physical therapist, some guys might be employed at a gym, yet quite a few are normal business people who might work at your local bank.

The guy who worked for us from Stanford, was a full time guy doing a lot of odd jobs, but when he left us and went to Hendricks, he became self employed and started a company renting scanners to fans to use during a race so they could listen in on their favorite team's conversation during an event. He was also paid extra to be the "trainer" for the other pit crew members at Hendricks. He also helped in the selection process.

Sometimes the teams will find a use for a pit crew member and bring him on full time, but for the most part, they don't turn wrenches, build fenders, or know how to spray paint a car. Their purpose is to take four tires off, put four tires on, and fill the car up with gas in 11 seconds. They'll be taught how to make some quick repairs with tape, or get a fender off a tire which contacted the wall or another car, but anything major, they pull the car to the garage and the real mechanics and fabricators go to work.

Though, NASCAR has come up with some rules preventing a car from going back out on the track which takes more than five minutes to repair forcing the guys pitting the car to be a little more in step with the team. I think the teams can still make mechanical repairs like change an axle but not anything major that happens due to a wreck.

I think they need to do a better job of leveraging the skills of these young athletes. Make them start at opposite ends and plow through each other before they can get to their cars. Dude fumbles a tire? Now it's yours. Sacked holding the gas can? Now you can only use half. Is the jack too heavy to pass?
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(06-28-2017 10:46 PM)2Buck Wrote:  
(06-28-2017 03:28 PM)BleedingPurple Wrote:  
(06-28-2017 11:40 AM)Potomac Wrote:  I love that our coaches are still finding ways to help steer a young man if the NFL doesn't bite. I agree that it could be tough for a married man with a child to let that consume their whole weekend. I didn't realize they weren't full time.

It's the guys who go to the track when the car leaves who are full time. There are also many guys who build the cars who don't go to the track, they are also full time. It's been a couple decades now that these athletes have taken over the duties of pitting the cars during the race. They have very minor responsibilities on the car itself.

They usually arrive on raceday, set up the pit area, work the race, tear down the pit area, and go home. They'll go to the shop for practice and training, but most try to get regular jobs that have some flexibility. We had a couple guys who were physical therapist, some guys might be employed at a gym, yet quite a few are normal business people who might work at your local bank.

The guy who worked for us from Stanford, was a full time guy doing a lot of odd jobs, but when he left us and went to Hendricks, he became self employed and started a company renting scanners to fans to use during a race so they could listen in on their favorite team's conversation during an event. He was also paid extra to be the "trainer" for the other pit crew members at Hendricks. He also helped in the selection process.

Sometimes the teams will find a use for a pit crew member and bring him on full time, but for the most part, they don't turn wrenches, build fenders, or know how to spray paint a car. Their purpose is to take four tires off, put four tires on, and fill the car up with gas in 11 seconds. They'll be taught how to make some quick repairs with tape, or get a fender off a tire which contacted the wall or another car, but anything major, they pull the car to the garage and the real mechanics and fabricators go to work.

Though, NASCAR has come up with some rules preventing a car from going back out on the track which takes more than five minutes to repair forcing the guys pitting the car to be a little more in step with the team. I think the teams can still make mechanical repairs like change an axle but not anything major that happens due to a wreck.

I think they need to do a better job of leveraging the skills of these young athletes. Make them start at opposite ends and plow through each other before they can get to their cars. Dude fumbles a tire? Now it's yours. Sacked holding the gas can? Now you can only use half. Is the jack too heavy to pass?

May as well, it would go hand-in-hand with some of the stupid rules they've put in place over the past several years. If Brian France were running the NFL he's have moved the goal post to the present day side line and have the field 100 yards wide and 53 1/3 yards long. The man has ruined a great sport.
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