Anyone who has watched a NASCAR pit crew work during a race is bound to have come away from the experience at least a little bit impressed. The skill and timing of the crew isn't in the limelight like that of the drivers, but is almost as impressive in short bursts.

The video below shows an awfully good representation of all this. When David Gilliland's No. 38 car comes in for stop at the 2012 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead, we can see that changing a tire at speed comes with the definite risk of burning a fingertip or ten. Scroll down to see what we mean, and be sure to watch for the slow-motion replay of the ultra-quick action at the end of the video.



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      activex101
      • 1 Year Ago
      The rotor is not glowing purple. It just looks that way on camera. It's emitting infrared radiation (heat) which is picked up by video cameras as purple, though there would be no glow to the naked eye. Point a remote control (which uses an infrared LED) into a camera and push a button on it. You'll see the same purple light even though it emits nothing to the naked eye. Now that's not to say that the rotor isn't hot. It certainly is, but it's not so hot that it's glowing to the naked eye.
        Leviathan18
        • 1 Year Ago
        @activex101
        it was when it turned red afterwards lol
          AP1_S2K
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Leviathan18
          actually it could be road debris such as bits of rubber or asphalt from the track. That often gets stuck to the disc because of the heat (usually also gums up the disc vanes from cooling).... and yes that is glowing to the naked eye.
          activex101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Leviathan18
          Yeah something combusted when it touched the hot rotor for sure. Probably a bit of grease hitting it.
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @activex101
        Actually it is glowing hot. You've obviously never been there when they come into the pits. I've been standing there watching with my naked eye and yes it's red.
        Nickerson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @activex101
        Most cameras have an infrared filter in them and wouldn't pick up that infrared heat. If it did, there would be a lot of glowing parts on that car. Source: remote sensing class
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought Fifty-cent said there were no black people? He didn't look closely enough.
        Peter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        Yeah he looked pretty lost there, heard he was just looking for Eminem in Kyle Busch's pit...
      n0homers
      • 1 Year Ago
      What do they use to hold the lugnuts captive to the new wheel?
        TheBurningRom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @n0homers
        They use weatherstrip glue to lightly attach the lugnuts to the rims. The impact gun has no trouble breaking the lugnuts free from the glue as it hammers them home. Also of note, the only use brand new lugnuts during races....never used ones. Used lugnuts are relegated to shop duty or for track testing.
      iceetouch
      • 1 Year Ago
      He didn't go in a star pattern when tightening the lug nuts. I wonder if that affects tire wear.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @iceetouch
        I really hope there is an infinite amount of sarcasm I am missing...
      Frank
      • 1 Year Ago
      gorilla snot glue when i carried for the USAR Pro Cup Series
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      What do they do with the lug nuts that are loose on the track? That's not debris that will shred tires?
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VDuB
        It's not loose on the track. Just on pit road. And once the car leaves they sweep up all the lug nuts.
          rawkstar4179
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
          And then they put them in containers for fans on pit road to take home. Or they take them back to the stop and people can get them there. Makes an interesting keychain. :)
      Paul Kane
      • 1 Year Ago
      Simply awesome.
      RearSlip
      • 1 Year Ago
      One part that is undeniably harder to do / more entertaining to watch in the NASCAR vs. F1 kiddie debate. 5 times as many lugs, only 2 wheels at a time, all while shoving as much gas as you can into the car.
      Iosif Bogdan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah... No. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXn93oxC3Qg
      bibditty
      • 1 Year Ago
      all colors are off. if you look at the race track wall, its white, when Homestead has light green colored walls.
      drinaldis
      • 1 Year Ago
      That nothing. The endurance race pit boys are changing the tires AND the brake pad and/or rotors in similar stops.
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