Fort Bragg Soldiers participated in the Earnhardt-Ganssi Pit Crew Challenge at the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade motor Jan. 18. The event was organized by the Fort Bragg Garrison Community Relations Division in conjuction with the Earnhardt-Ganassi Pit Crew Team to provide Soldiers with an insight into NASCAR pit crew teamwork in a friendly environment.
The challenge started with the NASCAR pit crew members teaching the Soldiers step-by-step how to do a four-tire stop. The stop included Soldiers competing against the clock to remove the lug nuts from and replace each tire. There were 10 teams, each comprising five Soldiers and each team was appointed a member of the Earnhardt-Ganassi pit crew to practice removing and replacing tires before the competition to ensure the safety and proficiency of the Soldiers.
“The goal of the event was to foster stronger bonds between the military and the community,” said Frank Hanan, community relations chief.
Although all the teams worked hard, there could only be one winner and Company D, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division won with a time of 28:93 seconds.