Trust Greg Miller when he says that the Pit Crew Challenge isn't just some recreational, happy-to-be-here-type event. "We take it very seriously," said Miller, Red Bull Racing Team's pit crew coach. "It's the one time a year the pit crew guys...
Trust Greg Miller when he says that the Pit Crew Challenge isn't just some recreational, happy-to-be-here-type event.
"We take it very seriously," said Miller, Red Bull Racing Team's pit crew coach. "It's the one time a year the pit crew guys get to shine. We can accumulate some bragging rights for the rest of the year, and not to mention there's $70,000 on the line."
The No. 83 Bull Crew's skill will be on display Thursday night at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., as the event pits 24 crews seeded based on the Sprint Cup points standings facing each other in head-to-head stops with the winners of each heat advancing to the next round. The Pit Crew Challenge also includes individual prizes of $10,000.
"We're more concerned about the team effort," Miller said. "Our goal is to get to the final round and win the 70 grand."
Last year, the No. 83 team finished fifth overall and lost to the eventual winner, Ryan Newman's No. 12 team.
Mixing cement, spreading mulch, sawing boards and digging waist-deep holes was, as Shaun Peet described, "like a day off."
Maybe it was a getaway from the physical hardships that come with being a Red Bull Racing Team pit crew member. But it was all about the greater good, as both Bull Crews participated in Wednesday's playground build that was part of the NASCAR Day celebration.
In conjunction with The Home Depot and KaBOOM!, the crewmen of the Nos. 83 and 84 and several NASCAR personalities constructed a playground at the Elon Home for Children in Charlotte, N.C. You name it, and they had it everything from climbing walls and nets to slides and swings.
"It's fun. We don't get to do enough of this stuff," said Aaron Schields, the front tire carrier on the No. 83. "It makes you feel good for the day, knowing you're doing something that helps a lot of children."