Iday In The Life:/I Good Pit Stops Like A Dance

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This week’s Day in the Life feature profiles Shane Parsnow, Front Tire Changer for the No. 25 MichaelHoligan.com Chevrolet. Parsnow, who turned 30 years-old in May, was a member of Alan Kulwicki’s 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup championship season.

Since the track at Indy is fairly narrow all the way around, it made passing on the racetrack very difficult. That puts more pressure on the pit crews to get your driver in and out of the pits without any mistakes and as fast as possible.

Nowadays, most every team has a separate pit crew that just works on Sunday at the track. That's the way it is at Team 25. I'm part of the race day crew. I arrive at the track on Sunday morning fresh and rested for the race.

We practice our pit stops, but we don't practice our pit stops as much as some other teams might, but we do videotape each stop. We'll usually look at the tape right after we finish the stop and Jerry [driver Nadeau] is back on the track. That way, things are still fresh in our minds.

A good pit stop is like a perfectly staged dance. Each man has a specific job to do separate from each other. It's important that you can count on your teammate to deliver his part. When you've had a good stop, things are well....great. But when you've got a bad one, well...you just hate it when it happens. A lot of things can make a stop go bad. A stuck lug nut or a misstep by the jackman can cause a stop to go long. We've got a great bunch of guys and we're not prone to making mistakes.

A good pit stop takes about 15 seconds on the average. It can be very stressful making sure you have a good stop. But you learn that to be quick on a pit stop you need to slow down. That may sound funny, but when you think about it, it makes sense.

There's so many different things we do in a stop. Changing the tires and fueling the car are pretty much done at every stop. We'll also clean off the grille and adjusting the chassis. Like I said earlier, each man has a specific job to do. You really can't be thinking about anybody's else. You have to completely focus on your specific job.

Most of the pit crews work out in the gym. You need to keep yourself in shape. The Team 25 guys aren't real fanatical about it, but it pays to keep your self in shape, especially when you're standing on pit road during a long, hot race and you've got your firesuit on.

Heading into the Brickyard 400, we knew the pressure would be on us to deliver the goods. We did.

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