IRL: Cheever Racing - On the road again

Indianapolis, IN (July 28, 2004) -- Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter are not the only drivers behind the wheel of expensive equipment for Red Bull Cheever Racing. Truck drivers Jason Nanny, Jim Allen, Robbie Fast, and Sean Hopper transport the ...

Indianapolis, IN (July 28, 2004) -- Alex Barron and Ed Carpenter are not the only drivers behind the wheel of expensive equipment for Red Bull Cheever Racing. Truck drivers Jason Nanny, Jim Allen, Robbie Fast, and Sean Hopper transport the equipment that makes it possible for the No. 51 and 52 cars to race to the finish line each weekend.

By logging as many as 46,000 miles over the course of the race season, these "truckees" understand what it means to be "on the road again."

"I feel I have one of the most important jobs on the team because if I make a mistake or don't show up on time I am letting the entire team down," said Jason Nanny, 5-year truck driver at Red Bull Cheever Racing.

Each transporter, when fully loaded, holds millions of dollars worth of equipment, yet is not the number one thing on Robbie Fast's mind.

"You put it into perspective by thinking about the amount of jobs that are dependent on you getting the transporter there safely and on time," Robbie Fast said. "It's not so much the things in the truck that make you cautious, rather it is the families that are dependent on me doing my job effectively."

Their responsibilities aren't over when they arrive at the track. Each truck driver performs job duties throughout the race weekend.

"I pretty much do everything but work on the racecar," Nanny said. "I load and unload the trucks, wash, wax and polish them, keep up with any small maintenance issues, assist the crews for the No. 51 and No. 52 teams, and take care of the pits."

Jim Allen prefers to get his hands on the race car.

"Jason likes to call us ^Ìpit and tire coordinators,' but I think that's just a title to make us sound important," Allen said jokingly. "Other than being a ^Ìpit and tire coordinator' I also change the left rear tire on Alex Barron's No. 51 car."

Sean Hopper enjoys the brotherhood this group has formed.

"The people I get to work with make this job enjoyable," the Noblesville native said. "It's an atmosphere that allows you to work hard and still have a good time."

Time on the road is something that goes hand in hand with being a truck driver while spending at least 100 days out of the year on the road. But for these four truckees there is nothing more gratifying than seeing a job well done.

"It comes down to respect and responsibility," Nanny said. "We respect our jobs and know how important they are to the team."

Watch for Jason, Jim, Robbie and Sean trucking along the highway as they make it possible for Red Bull Cheever Racing's move to victory lane.

-rbcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron , Ed Carpenter