Train with the Team Interstate Pit Crew
Before the 1990s, pit crews were usually made up of mechanics. That all changed in 1992 when Andy Papathanassiou, a former Stanford football player, became the first NASCAR pit crew coach and forever changed the course of the sport.
He believed a pit crew should work more like an athletic team and modeled his pit crew accordingly. Because of the pit crew's success, other teams soon followed suit. Now, NASCAR pit crews routinely look to former college and pro athletes to give them a competitive edge.
Pit crews must work together to make pit stops happen within seconds. The jackman raises the car with a 30-pound hydraulic jack. The tire changer uses an air-powered impact wrench to remove and replace tires. The gasman fills the car's fuel cell with two 12-gallon dump cans. But this can only be done promptly with an athlete's speed, precision and strength.
In fact, in May of 2022, one of our racing teams set a record for the fastest pit stop in NASCAR history. They performed a four-tire-and-fuel pit stop in under nine seconds, all because of their athleticism and teamwork.
Team Interstate Pit Crew Workout
Do you think you have what it takes to train like a pit crew professional? There's only one way to find out. The Team Interstate pit crew workout can be done anywhere and is the perfect way to get you moving.
But before you start to sweat, let's introduce you to the incredible team supporting Interstate driver Ty Gibbs. Meet the team behind the #54 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry TRD now and get ready to follow along with the exercises below.
Now that you've met the team, it's time to get moving with seven Team Interstate pit crew exercises you can do at home in just 30-minutes—and you can truly find out what it takes to work out like a pit crew pro.
Team Interstate pit crew fitness exercises include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Walking Lunges: 3 sets x 8 reps each leg
- Pushup Position Shoulder Taps: 3 sets x 10 taps on each side
- Squat Jumps: 3 sets x 30 seconds each set
- Kettlebell Swings: 3 sets x 10 reps
- Tricep Dips: 3 sets x 12 reps
- Pallof Press with Shoulder Extension: 3 sets x 5 reps on each side
- Eccentric Pushups: 3 sets x 8 reps, with a slow descent each rep for 3-4 seconds
Off to the Races!
Please Note: You should be in good physical condition and able to participate in the exercises. If you engage in this workout challenge, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risk of injury to yourself.
Please stop exercising immediately if you experience pain, soreness, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, sickness, illness, dehydration, excessive sweating or any other discomfort.
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