Work Like A Pit Crew

One of the many blessings I have in my life is an awesome brother, who would give you the shirt off his back in a snowstorm. We have a great realtionship, but do to a bit of georgraphical distance don’t get to see each other that much.  One thing we do every year to at least get some time in together is to attend the 24 Hour Rolex race at Daytona International Speedway each year.  As an added benefit, he works for a company involved with the automotive industry and can sometimes get us a little extra access to the race such as the pit area.

As you probably already know, or at least can figure out, a successful pit crew must have many qualities.  Firstly, they must be able to work as a team in all manner of circumstances.  Be it a fast turn around during a race, or prepping the car back at the garage.  Second, they must have the capacity to do these things not just quickly, but safely and with no confusion despite minimal time for communication. Third, all of their work must be done as safely as possible.  Seriously, I have seen races where the best pit crews in the world still end up getting injured by their own cars during a fast pit stop.

I know this may be an odd thing to say, but the practiced team work of a pit stop can be an awesome thing to watch.  As you can see below it is truly a choreographed dance they perform to work on the car and switch drivers in the fasted time possible.

As I have said before I love racing, and getting to see these guys at work is actually inspirational to me.  Where have you seen awesome teamwork in an area where you maybe wouldn’t consider it as being important?


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