NSCAR racing is one of the most popular sports in the United States today. In 2004, 196 million households watched the NSCAR Cup events on television. Crew chiefs make their way through the ranks and work in various auto-racing positions to prove their ability, earning from $30,000 to $100,000 a year. Crew chiefs work on cars on some teams and as supervisors on others. Crew chiefs have many responsibilities, from studying computer data to monitoring the weather. Teams often include engineers and computer specialists to enhance their chances of winning. Crews often travel more than they are at home, but they still love their jobs. Early drag racing, called "hot rodding," was not as high tech as it is today. Speed makes racing exciting, and drag racing is the fastest. The race may last only four seconds, but drag racers may go over 300 miles per hour in each quarter-mile race. The author discusses some leaders in the field. Many men and women want positions on race teams. Applicants may have college degrees; however real-world experience and people skills are more important. Endurance Racing has the most rules, perhaps because it is an international sport. Some races last up to 24 hours, and the race may include the distance from New York City to Los Angeles or farther. There are 25 books in this interesting series, and readers will learn much from each exciting read. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
The Pit Crewby Tara Baukus Mello
The Pit Crew brings the reader into the exciting world of the often-unsung heroes of auto racing. A great pit crew can easily be considered a racing team's most valuable asset. These amazing men and women not only maintain and repair race cars, but also often miraculously seem to have any part required to get the car back into the race, and all in record time!
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