Yes, sure, Nascar racing is all about adrenaline: speedy cars, sweaty pit stops, spectacular fender benders. But before the flag wave comes the meticulous organization, in almost the same way your most diligent schoolmate organized her highlighters for back-to-school season. You know, the one at the top of her class.
If you want to understand what really makes a Nascar race happen, you’ll want glad to meet Kevin Harris, a pit crew member at Joe Gibbs racing. Join him for a tour of what he calls a “race shop on wheels."
That is, the four gigantic haulers that together carry two 3,500-pound race cars and 40,000-pounds’ worth of gear to each of the 36 weekends that make up the Nascar season. Observe its rows of tape, screwdrivers, hammers, and, of course, “reciprocating saws, in case we need to cut fenders off”—then get back to racing.