Crew members are the unsung heroes of the weekends at the track, working long hours behind the scenes even before a driver’s shows up and hops in the car. Crews work in all seasons and weather from cold and rain to heat and dry pushing through to get the cars tuned and on track for the weekend activities.
Long hours at the track and working in the garage mean crews are on their feet for long periods of time both in the garage and on pit road over a two or three day stretch.
“Race day can be pretty tough, usually a 12 – 15 + hour day from garage opening to race end and getting home. I think something I like is the comfort, stemming from the Innersole and Midsole. Usually Fridays are the busiest day for moving around and getting everything set up and working on the car during practice.” Said Wayne Smith – Shock Specialist for Richard Childress Racing
With the strain of working long hours CAT who’s been a mainstay in the sport of NASCAR and industrial outfitting partnered with Richard Childress racing to keep crew members on the move who work on their feet within the garage area.
“Cat Footwear is a great partner for us because the team spends the majority of their working day on their feet and in a wide range of weather elements. Comfort and protection are key when it comes to NASCAR footwear and Cat Footwear more than exceeds our needs. It’s also great that all of our needs are met in a very stylish way. They look great!” Said Traci Hultzapple, Senior Manager of Communications, RCR
Working within the garage isn’t without its hazards of the fast paced environment of 40 cars and hundreds of crew moving about the garage in tightly enclosed spaces.
“I swear by any of the composite toe work boots as they have saved me many times from the splitter of the race car being lowered after the car has been coming down from the jack stands.” Said Smith
“We are often in a fast paced environment which involves running to hauler for equipment; the lightweight construction and flexible soles of the Cat work boots makes it possible to get where we need, quickly, all day.” Continues Smith