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May 4, 1999 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race is only six laps old when the first assessment of hundreds of hours of work comes through the headset that muffles the thunder of 43 cars out for a 500-mile Sunday drive. "We're not terrible by any means, but she's still nervous," Tony Stewart tells Greg Zipadelli over the radio. Stewart is a NASCAR Winston Cup rookie. Zipadelli is his rookie crew chief. And lined up in the pit Sunday morning are 15 men who work on Stewart's No. 20 Pontiac.
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November 15, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Jimmie Johnson's , er, Jeff Gordon's pit crew performed just as requested Sunday. The NASCAR drivers' team, Hendrick Motorsports, took the unusual step of swapping their crews in the middle of last week's race in Texas and left the change in place for the last two races at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Gordon crew now working on Johnson's car "did an awesome job" Sunday as Johnson finished fifth in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Johnson said.
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NEWS
November 25, 2003 | J. Michael Kennedy
AFTER three years of intense negotiations, conservation groups, the state's largest utility and wildlife officials have reached an agreement that should improve the habitat for trout and other fish species in the Pit River in northeastern California. The negotiations center on a Pacific Gas & Electric project on the Pit that would control its flow. The Pit is home to one of California's most storied wild trout fisheries, and it is also a hub for fly fishermen across the West.
HEALTH
December 25, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
AS a NASCAR driver comes screaming toward the pit, seven elite athletes are perched on the pit wall, preparing to launch themselves at the race car faster than a pack of hungry pumas. Itching to go, the jack man checks and rechecks his jack while a tire changer moves his air wrench from hand to hand and a tire carrier practices his breathing. When the car pulls in, the race is on. The jack man runs out, screeches to a halt and jacks up the 2-ton stock car in one motion.
SPORTS
June 6, 2003 | Mike Hiserman
The first all-female pit crew in NASCAR history will be working for driver Shawna Robinson today in the O'Reilly 400 truck race at the Texas Motor Speedway. The idea to team Robinson, one of a few female pro drivers, with an all-female crew was inspired by Annika Sorenstam when she competed against the men at the Colonial PGA Tour event about 25 miles away recently. A marketing agency searched health clubs for "competitive women in great shape" as crew candidates.
SPORTS
March 6, 1988 | Steve Springer
Don Caron of Canoga Park has made running events his hobby. In the past two years he has participated in five marathons (Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix, Culver City and Long Beach) and about 30 10Ks. He will be at the starting line this morning for the L. A. Marathon. So what's the big deal, you ask? Well, Don Caron can't run. He can barely walk with the aid of crutches. Caron spends most of his time in a wheelchair. But that has not slowed him. Just the opposite.
SPORTS
November 15, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Jimmie Johnson's , er, Jeff Gordon's pit crew performed just as requested Sunday. The NASCAR drivers' team, Hendrick Motorsports, took the unusual step of swapping their crews in the middle of last week's race in Texas and left the change in place for the last two races at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The Gordon crew now working on Johnson's car "did an awesome job" Sunday as Johnson finished fifth in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Johnson said.
SPORTS
August 18, 2000 | DAN ARRITT
Robby Gordon of Orange passed 37 cars on the way to matching his career-best NASCAR Winston Cup finish Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Gordon also made up plenty of ground while sitting in neutral. Gordon's crew averaged the fastest pit stops at the Global Crossing at The Glen at Watkins Glen International, helping the first-year team finish fourth in the 43-car field. Gordon, who started 42nd, equaled his previous best NASCAR result, which came on the same 2.45-mile road course in 1997.
SPORTS
November 28, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pit row accidents, even fatalities, are not new to motor racing, but the recent death of a crewman during a NASCAR race in Atlanta has refocused attention on one of racing's most perplexing problems--how to reduce high-speed congestion in the pits. The crux of the problem is this: Every second spent pitting--which includes slowing down, getting fuel and tires, and getting back to racing speed--can be worth 100 yards on a superspeedway.
SPORTS
April 29, 1998 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The car has slowed from 188 mph to 55 in an instant, and then from 55 to whoa in a heartbeat, coming to rest in a parking space along a short wall. Make that a box within the parking space. Jeff Gordon has done his job. Overhead, a camera has come on, chronicling every step of the pit stop, and somewhere, a stopwatch clicks. Before the car has stopped, Barry Muse is running in front of it, jack in hand.
NEWS
November 25, 2003 | J. Michael Kennedy
AFTER three years of intense negotiations, conservation groups, the state's largest utility and wildlife officials have reached an agreement that should improve the habitat for trout and other fish species in the Pit River in northeastern California. The negotiations center on a Pacific Gas & Electric project on the Pit that would control its flow. The Pit is home to one of California's most storied wild trout fisheries, and it is also a hub for fly fishermen across the West.
SPORTS
June 6, 2003 | Mike Hiserman
The first all-female pit crew in NASCAR history will be working for driver Shawna Robinson today in the O'Reilly 400 truck race at the Texas Motor Speedway. The idea to team Robinson, one of a few female pro drivers, with an all-female crew was inspired by Annika Sorenstam when she competed against the men at the Colonial PGA Tour event about 25 miles away recently. A marketing agency searched health clubs for "competitive women in great shape" as crew candidates.
SPORTS
August 18, 2000 | DAN ARRITT
Robby Gordon of Orange passed 37 cars on the way to matching his career-best NASCAR Winston Cup finish Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Gordon also made up plenty of ground while sitting in neutral. Gordon's crew averaged the fastest pit stops at the Global Crossing at The Glen at Watkins Glen International, helping the first-year team finish fourth in the 43-car field. Gordon, who started 42nd, equaled his previous best NASCAR result, which came on the same 2.45-mile road course in 1997.
SPORTS
May 4, 1999 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race is only six laps old when the first assessment of hundreds of hours of work comes through the headset that muffles the thunder of 43 cars out for a 500-mile Sunday drive. "We're not terrible by any means, but she's still nervous," Tony Stewart tells Greg Zipadelli over the radio. Stewart is a NASCAR Winston Cup rookie. Zipadelli is his rookie crew chief. And lined up in the pit Sunday morning are 15 men who work on Stewart's No. 20 Pontiac.
SPORTS
January 10, 1999 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
All right, high school boys and girls, here's an adventure experience that will test your nerves and erase your inhibitions for life. Dana Rea of North Hollywood, a former Street Stock champion at Saugus Speedway and Kern County Raceway, is seeking a group of teenagers to serve as his volunteer pit crew when he begins racing his 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle at speeds of 110 mph at the new Irwindale Speedway in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1998 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before she enrolled in the Los Angeles Urban League's Automotive Training Center, Sonya Jones was languishing in the underbelly of the entertainment business--a dead-end job selling bogus services to actors. "I'd wake up every morning, and I didn't want to go to work," she said. "I was in the business of telling lies." Then Jones, 26, recalled her teenage love of fixing cars, like that 1964 Ford Falcon she tuned and painted to save money.
SPORTS
May 10, 1995
As he surveyed the scene, noting that his right-front tire was resting on the hood of his car, Steve Nickolai figured he was probably done for the night. Then, in his words, "a small miracle." Nickolai's pit crew managed to repair enough of the damage that his car, crumpled in an accident during a heat race, was ready for last Saturday night's main event at Saugus Speedway. Unfortunately, his luck didn't get any better. The Simi Valley-based driver was involved in . . . not one . . . not two . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1998 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before she enrolled in the Los Angeles Urban League's Automotive Training Center, Sonya Jones was languishing in the underbelly of the entertainment business--a dead-end job selling bogus services to actors. "I'd wake up every morning, and I didn't want to go to work," she said. "I was in the business of telling lies." Then Jones, 26, recalled her teenage love of fixing cars, like that 1964 Ford Falcon she tuned and painted to save money.
SPORTS
April 29, 1998 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The car has slowed from 188 mph to 55 in an instant, and then from 55 to whoa in a heartbeat, coming to rest in a parking space along a short wall. Make that a box within the parking space. Jeff Gordon has done his job. Overhead, a camera has come on, chronicling every step of the pit stop, and somewhere, a stopwatch clicks. Before the car has stopped, Barry Muse is running in front of it, jack in hand.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1995 | MONUA JANAH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For anyone familiar with the intensely competitive world of Formula One auto racing, it would hardly be a surprise to learn that the Marlboro McLaren Mercedes MP4/10 is chock full of fancy technology. Formula One has long been a test bed for everything from engines to aerodynamics, with innovations honed on the racetrack later finding their way into the family sedan.
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