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Our pit crew and strength coaches emphasize that one of the major components in becoming a successful pit crew is giving 100 percent in our fitness and training program. No one individual performance can bring success. We are dependent upon each other to pull off the perfect pit stop, which can make the difference in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s success on race day.
This weekend, we’re heading to Phoenix International Raceway with plenty of notes from last month’s two-day test session. After our No. 24 team here at Hendrick Motorsports won there in February, the track was repaved. NASCAR gave us the opportunity to have a test out there in October, and during that time, we got an idea of how our Chevrolets would fare on the new one-mile surface. It was a very successful outing for the (No.) 88 team.
When it comes to pit stops, our crews have to be prepared for more than just changing tires, making adjustments and adding fuel to Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet or Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet on race day. If one of our teams is involved in an incident, our over-the-wall teams have to be ready to step up and handle the repairs on pit road.