Huntersville, N.C. (June 27, 2002) --Â While most of America sleeps in on Sunday mornings, nine members of the CITGO team wake up around 3:00 a.m. and prepare to go to work. Â While most of America gets in their car and drives to work Monday...
Huntersville, N.C. (June 27, 2002) -- While most of America sleeps in on Sunday mornings, nine members of the CITGO team wake up around 3:00 a.m. and prepare to go to work. While most of America gets in their car and drives to work Monday through Friday, these nine CITGO members board a plane and fly on Sunday. While most of America works an eight-hour day with an hour for lunch, these nine CITGO members work from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. excluding travel time. And by the way, they have a regular job during the week like most of America.
These are the Roush Racing "Sunday Guys". Included in the nine are Steve Channing (rear tire changer), Chip Goode (rear tire carrier), Ryan Buscaglio (front tire carrier), Shaun Allen (catch can man), Andy Ward (windshield), Chris Farrell (spotter), Phil Carpenter (second catch can), Ross Owen (rear tire catcher) and Kim Fisher (scorer). All the aforementioned, with the exception of Goode and Buscaglio, work at Roush Racing during the week. Goode works at a marketing company while Buscaglio is an occupational therapist during the week and Sunday's, well; it's just a hobby.
"People have a lot of weekend hobbies," said Goode. "It may sound crazy, but my weekend hobby consists of running in front of speeding racecars and completing 14-second pit stops. Working with a great team and driver make it all the more fun. When it starts to feel like a job, then I'll know it's time to do something else."
During the week, these nine members of the CITGO team work a regular day like everyone else but 36 Sundays out of the year, they are jet setting to where ever NASCAR is running. Their alarms will sound of everything from a beep, to music from the local rock station around 2:30 or 3 a.m. They board Roush Air around 4:30 or 5 a.m. and are on the ground and at the track before the garage opens (normally around 6 or 7 a.m.). Some may say they are crazy, but it's all in a days work for them.
"It's hard getting up at 2:30 in the morning," said Fisher. "It makes for a long day sometimes but having Roush Air makes it easier. And when you have a good day at the track, it's worth it." Goode echoed this, "The hardest part of the job is the time away from family and friends and during the week it gets tough handling a full-time job and attending afternoon pit practices. It takes understanding and support from your family to keep yourself going 36 weekends every year."
At the track, these nine individuals are responsible for setting up the pit area before the race and cleaning it up after the race. They help to load the transporter after the race and of course they have their individual duties during the race. Fisher also cooks for the No. 99 team on Sundays.
"It's like a big family," says Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 99 CITGO Ford Taurus. "Each person is an integral part of what it takes to run the team. I commend these teammates for getting up that early and making a day of it. We couldn't do it without them. They are all hard workers and I'm glad they are a part of the CITGO team."
For more information on Jeff Burton and the No. 99 CITGO Racing Team, log onto www.roushracing.com.