Did you know that the average time it takes a PIT crew to change all 4 tires on a race car and fuel it back up is under 12 seconds? It doesn’t seem like it’s possible, but with some training you can get learn how it’s done. Part of our trip to North Carolina for Cars 3 included a trip to PIT Instruction and Training for a team building experience in PIT Crew U.
PIT Crew U is takes a group of people and turns them into a quick moving team. It’s through using the different stations of a PIT Crew that you learn to move quickly as a team. A team of six learns how to change all four tires, and includes a rear carrier, a rear changer, a jackman, a gas man a front carrier and a front changer.
After learning our positions (I was a jackman) we had a bit of competition with the other bloggers and media outlets who could change the tires the fastest and who’s car could get on the ground quicker. Our team’s first round we were able to change all four tires, fuel up and get back to the wall in just over 1 minute and 30 seconds. Which compared to a professional team is a lot.
After four rounds of competing, we were down to 1 minute. The times were getting better each time we did the PIT stop, and our team started to get better each time as well. We became a well oiled machine and what it takes to make a successful PIT stop. We all left with the feeling of accomplishment, and that we could do more than change a tire if we were in a pinch.
Performance Instruction and Training is where actual PIT crews train for the track, and where they can take it to the next level for 5 Off 4 On Race Team Performance Training. Do I think I have what it takes to be in a PIT crew? Probably not, although I was happy with our teams results and how well we ended up doing overall!
Find out more about Pit Crew U and See More pictures from our experience below:
Cars 3 Trailer:
About the Cars 3 at home release:
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is
suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race
technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late
Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a
champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
In honor of world-champion racer #95 on his date-sake 9/5, Disney•Pixar is proud to announce the in-home arrival of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3”! “Cars 3” surged to the front of the pack opening weekend with audiences racing to see the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo) team up to beat the new generation of blazing-fast racers. Now, this summer’s high-octane hit cruises home—loaded with bonus features like the all new mini-movie starring the demolition derby legend Miss Fritter— Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Oct. 24, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7.
Race fans of all ages are invited to ride along with the “Cars 3” crew for hilarious and heartfelt extras, including an exclusive new mini-movie, “Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool,” taught by the queen of the Crazy 8; a feature detailing how real-world race training influenced filmmakers; the journey taken by voice actor Cristela Alonzo and team while shaping tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez; behind-the-scenes access to the story team who crafted Lightning McQueen’s third chapter; deleted scenes; and much more.
“Cars 3” is Disney•Pixar’s first in-home title released in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and exceptional high dynamic range (HDR), resulting in brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays than ever before. With 4K Ultra HD, viewers will feel like they’re at the center of the action—holding their breath during the dramatic crash that launches Lightning’s journey, feeling the pulse-pounding action at the Florida International Super Speedway, and getting down and dirty at the Crazy 8 demolition derby.
It got me when you said that the PIT crew can actually change all four tires of the car in less than 12 seconds and that this is acquired through proper training. That sounds hard, but I will still consider becoming a member because my brother wants to be a racer. He made me promise that I will always be there for him, and this is the best way I know how. I actually intend to buy PIT equipment to prove to him that I am serious about my promise.