Pit Crew U
Pit Crew U is the experiential education division of Performance Instruction & Training designed to teach the specific skills associated with a career as an over-the-wall pit crew team member in stock car motorsports.
Pit Crew U is conducted on Monday and Wednesday for eight (8) weeks. Evening classes (6pm - 9pm) are regularly scheduled while morning (9am - 12pm) and afternoon (2pm - 5pm) classes are available based on enrollment request.
While there are no prerequisites for enrollment other than age (participants must be at least 16 years old) Pit Crew U is designed for those who seek professional employment in the motorsports industry. The program is both physically and mentally challenging and provides a level of skill development that exceeds ”understanding the concepts.” Persons who successfully complete the program have both the knowledge and the skills to actually perform and put to action the concepts.
Pit Crew U training includes equipment selection and maintenance, pit stop choreography, position responsibilities and skill development, and race day preparation. In addition, students receive information from professionals in the areas of accounting, resume preparation, sponsor relations and expectations, race equipment, and health conditioning / nutrition. At the completion of each Pit Crew U session, instructors “rank” students into three classifications:
Certificate of Participation - Persons who have enrolled but not met minimal attendance or skill performance standards. These persons will not be invited to participate in higher level programming and may repeat the Pit Crew U program should they desire.
Certificate of Completion - Persons who have met the minimal attendance and performance standards and have, in the opinion of the instructors, the physical skills, mental aptitude, and positive attitude to continue learning and practicing over-the-wall skills and have the potential for a motorsports career.
Certificate of Performance - Persons who have met the minimal attendance standards and shown exceptional skill development and have, in the opinion of the instructors, the potential to perform at an advanced in the motorsports industry.
Those participants that have successfully completed the program and received a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Performance are invited to continue their career development by attending the 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance coaching sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These practices build on the skills taught in Pit Crew U and prepare participants for actual professional over-the-wall placement and try-outs with professional motorsports teams.
Completion of the Pit Crew U program and participation in 5 Off 5 On do not guarantee “playing time” at the track. As a performance driven activity, only those Pit Team Athletes deemed ready by coaches will travel with race teams.
2014 “Pit Crew U” Schedule
Session #98 January 6 to February 26, 2014
Session #99 March 3 to April 23, 2014
Session #100 April 28 to June 23, 2014 w/ Monday, May 26 holiday
Session #101 June 30 to August 20, 2014
Session #102 August 25 to October 20, 2014 w/ Monday, September 1 holiday
Session #103 October 27 to December 17, 2014
*Sessions may require alternative meeting nights to compensate for holiday observances.