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An emergency landing caused an emergency for Hendrick Motor Sports, where teams were left without most of their crews. Although they had some trained members available this event, the last-minute change could have impacted their dynamic and chances of winning the race. Jim Uter, Nascar editor interviewed Ryan Pemberton (Director of Competition at JRM).
Here are some details of their contingency plan:
According to Ryan Pemberton, Hendrick Motorsports dispatched a plane from Phoenix to pick up the JRM members, but they will not be back to Phoenix in time to participate in the race.
“A large majority of our pit crew guys are stuck on that plane in Arkansas. So, HMS is going to pick them up but they will not be here in time for the race,” Pemberton said.
“We have some guys that we normally use, we have some guys that are training with HMS and we have a little bit of help from some of our Chevrolet partners. There’s a few other teams that have a few guys who will assist us.
“We’re still working exactly who’s on first and what’s on second. It’s kind of like that routine right now.”
Here is the link to the article: Emergency landing prevents JRM pit crew members attending the race.
As we all know drivers are used to their crew and their spotters. W. Byron won the race even with a different crew, change is a good thing! Their contingency plan was in place, although it seems a bit disorganized. Lesson learned, a complete plan must include continued training and that will eliminate the need to figuring out “who’s on first and what’s on second”.