PIT CREW TRAINING
PIT Builds Winners!!
IN 2019 PIT grads celebrated NASCAR wins every week!!
SINCE 2011 PIT Grads have been in 93% of NASCAR's winners circles
70% of our Students have raced in NASCAR sanctioned events!!
Our Training Plan
Stage 1 - Pit Crew U (PCU)
An 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. 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. Additionally, 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 level 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.
Stage 2 - 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance
This service is available to individuals who have successfully completed the Pit Crew U program.
Upon successful completion of Pit Crew U, instructors and coaches invite those individuals who have shown the aptitude and ability to pursue a career in stock car motorsports as an over-the-wall crew member.
Participants in the 5 Off 5 On program are required to participate in weekly pit crew practice and conditioning. 5 Off 5 On practice sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesday practices consist of “skills and drills” to continue to develop better individual performance. Thursday practices often consist of moving pit stops focused on the specific performances required at the race tracks to which teams will be traveling to on an upcoming weekend (example: Bristol pit stops are different than Tallageda pit stops).
PIT associates regularly work with team managers, crew chiefs, and pit crew coordinators of many teams to inform them of individuals with exceptional potential. Pit crew coordinators frequent 5 Off 5 On practice sessions to scout talent for current position openings and developmental programs.
Additional opportunities are available to 5 Off 5 On athletes. Many film production companies use 5 Off 5 On athletes as actors for race related movies, music videos, and television commercials.
2020 Pit Crew U Class Schedule
Pit Crew U 134 January 6 to February 28, 2020
Pit Crew U 135 March 2 to April 24, 2020
Pit Crew U 136 April 27 to June 19, 2020 May 25 (Memorial Day) holiday
Pit Crew U 137 June 22 to August 14, 2020 July 3 (Independence Day) holiday
Pit Crew U 138 August 24 to October 16, 2020 September 7 (Labor Day) holiday
Pit Crew U 139 October 26 to December 18, 2020 November 26 (Thanksgiving) holiday
2021 Pit Crew U Class Schedule
Pit Crew U 140 January 4 to February 24, 2021
Pit Crew U 141 March 1 to April 21, 2021
Pit Crew U 142 April 26 to June 21, 2021 May 31 (Memorial Day) holiday
Pit Crew U 143 June 28 to August 18, 2021
Pit Crew U 144 August 23 to October 18, 2021 September 6 (Labor Day) holiday
Pit Crew U 145 October 25 to December 20, 2021 November 26 (Thanksgiving) holiday
All-time Most Winning Pit Grads
Most Overall Wins - Brad Donaghy PCU 52
98 Total Wins - 31 Cup, 62 Xfinity, 5 Truck
Most Cup Wins - Joe Crossen PCU 53
35 wins - Cup
Most Xfinity Wins - Brad Donaghy PCU 52
62 wins - Xfinity
Most Truck Wins - Richard Claveloux PCU 52
25 wins - Truck