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Children's LiteratureMany racers, upon winning a race, will acknowledge the work of their team. This team includes the mechanics, the crew chief, sponsors and many others. Most important to the success of the driver—beyond the car and their own skill—is the work of the pit crew. Often these people hold regular jobs and live in different areas during the off-season. They are dedicated to making the fastest changes and stops during a race that they can. A pit crew's skill and performance can make the difference in a racer's success. With pit stops lasting a matter of seconds, the first crew to get their driver out of the box can help their driver take the lead. A slow stop can also cost the driver positions within the race. With tire changes, gas, slight changes in the cars settings, you might think there would be a tremendous amount of confusion. But these crews are so well trained a pit stop can last only 15 seconds. All this speed and hurry to get done can also be dangerous. Pit crew members have been hit by other cars or even their own car. Numerous photographs and good detail allow author Schaefer to bring to life the work of the NASCAR pit crew. A real plus is a photographic diagram of the various crew members and their responsibilities. This book would be good for any young or reluctant reader interested in the nuts and bolts of the NASCAR race. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 10 to 15.
—John D. Orsborn