I am off to experience a NASCAR race today. Having been to a race before, I find that I am even more excited than it was the first time I went. Going to the race is more than just watching. It is a chance to immerse the soul in a unique experience that potentially connects with all the senses.
Like many that attend, I follow a few drivers and their cars. At the top of my list is Juan Pablo Montoya. I have followed his career for years; from Indy cars to Formula 1 and onto the NASCAR series. He is dedicated. He is passionate. He loves to race. From the stories, he loves to race anything, anywhere. Currently, he races in car #42.
As I prepare myself, I begin to think through the items that a team needs in order to race. The list is endless! Even though I know I am missing whole sections, I am overwhelmed. My list includes engines, suspension components, replacement parts, tools, crew logistics, uniforms, safety gear, tires, fuel, hotel bookings, endless schedules, communication equipment, sponsor commitments, and protocols for every possible contingency. As broad as my list is, it does not include several critical elements; the driver, pit crew, managers, and spotters.
When I think of the preparation for the #42 team, I cannot imagine how they do it. Yet, they do, and do it well. It is magical when great teams and drivers come together. In today’s race, over forty teams will go through a similar process. Their commitment, dedication, and passion come together in a unique way. I believe each team wants to share a statement to the team’s driver; “every truth and encouragement that could have made a difference to you, you got.” (Acts 20.20)
I close my eyes and I see #42 racing to the lead in turn 1. His car is being pushed from behind. He is being is being pursued by cars on the all sides. It is going to be a long race. The preparation by each team member will be critical.