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21Pit Crew Members Must Be Identifiable

via Phil Ostroff

If you’ve ever paid close attention to the pit lane action in any given NASCAR race, you’ll notice that the pit crew members are all identified by a numbering system. Upon first glance, this may seem trivial to you, as it doesn’t really matter what number a pit crew member

is, as long as he’s doing his job, right?

Wrong! Teams are recording and monitoring every second of the “over-the-wall” action when a car pulls in, and they analyze the daylights out of it post-race to see where improvements can be made to the pit stop process. Reduced team size means every aspect of the pit stop will have to be “re-thunk” for upcoming seasons—and nothing goes unnoticed, either.

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