June 6, 2003 |
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.
March 6, 1988 |
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.
November 15, 2010 |
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.
August 18, 2000 |
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.
November 28, 1990 |
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.
April 29, 1998 |
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.