Racing with the Pit Crew (NASCAR Racing Series)


Covers what each member of a NASCAR pit crew does during pit stops. Includes information on their training and pit stop strategy.
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Covers what each member of a NASCAR pit crew does during pit stops. Includes information on their training and pit stop strategy.
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Children's Literature
Many 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
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Three well-illustrated and readable titles. Doeden opens with a description of Ryan Newman's spectacular 2003 crash at Daytona and goes on to describe other famous wrecks, including Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash in 2001. History covers the formation of the stock-car racing organization in 1949 through the present, describing the cars, significant races in NASCAR's history, and the importance of corporate sponsorships for the sport. Subsequent sections cover developments in safety equipment, the causes of wrecks, and how crashes spur new safety innovations. Racing describes a typical pit stop and each crew member's role; the job of spotters; and the safety issues, training, and practice that go with being part of a race team. Schaefer's writing is most effective, but all three books present their topics clearly and accurately. Attractive color photos will delight fans. These titles are a step up in accuracy and appeal from Jeff Savage's The World's Fastest Stock Cars (Capstone, 2003).-Jeffrey A. French, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736837767
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: NASCAR Racing Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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