Top Sprint Cup pit crew members, teams of 2014 named


Pit crews are arguably the most important part of any Sprint Cup race team.

You can have a driver with the greatest talent in the world, but if he doesn’t have a crack pit crew to get him on and off pit road quickly, that driver’s talent will typically go for naught.

But at the same time, while pit crews are so important, the members of those teams usually toil in relative obscurity and anonymity when it comes to attention and notoriety.

That’s why takes it upon itself every year to honor the top pit crews. To its credit, only takes votes from pit crew members only, so that this is a true representative selection process of the best of the best, as judged by their peers.

After a month of voting and more than 350 ballots cast by pit crew members on all Sprint Cup teams, the web site announced the results Thursday.

Not surprising, given their performance on pit road all season, the majority of individual winners came from the No. 11 pit crew of Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing, which was also named top pit crew collectively of 2014.

Here are the top pit crew members at their respective positions and their teams:

Gas Man: Justin White, No. 14 (Tony Stewart)

Jack Man: Nate Bolling, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)

Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)

Front Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris, No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)

Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)

Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)

Pit Coach of the year: Mike Lepp, Joe Gibbs Racing

Pit Crew of the Year:

  • 1st place – No. 11 car (Denny Hamlin/Joe Gibbs Racing).
  • 2nd place – No. 24 car (Jeff Gordon/Hendrick Motorsports).
  • 3rd lace – No. 22 car (Joey Logano/Team Penske)
  • Honorable Mention: (tie) No. 20 car (Matt Kenseth/Joe Gibbs Racing and No 88 car (Dale Earnhardt Jr./Hendrick Motorsports).

Congratulations to all the winners.

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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change