- Look for all the different parts run by different teams like injector hats, cylinder heads and turbos. The variation is as wide as the number of cars and teams out there. They come in all shapes and sizes, and you can be the judge of whose engineers found the perfect shape and size.
- Because they are inside an enclosed area when the cars are warmed up in the pits, the driver and crew right around the car often wear gas masks(as you will see in the time-lapse video below courtesy of John Force Racing). It’s an adrenalin-pumping, heart-thumping experience and if they seat the clutch and whack the throttle – well, let’s just say that everyone gets a thrill – whether you expect it or not, I dare you not to jump!
- In the 65 minutes between runs, every team tears down the engine completely - all the way down to the crank. Fans have access to the pits and can watch every part of the tear down and rebuild process that occurs like a choreographed dance.
An insider's guide behind the scenes at U.S. Nationals [VIDEO]
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:00 PM by Elaine Whitesides