Inside a NASCAR Transporter

January 05, 2015,

NASCAR transporter is like a race shop on wheels

Hauled from race to race on an 18-wheeler, the transporter houses two race cars on the upper component of the hauler and all the equipment and tools a crew needs on the bottom. The bottom element also contains parts storage, a computer monitor, engine storage and a microwave.

Toward the very back -- nearest to the actual truck -- is an office area, equipped with a sofa, satellite dish, TV and anything else needed to study and strategize.

Featherlite is the official trailer for NASCAR and the large majority of teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series use their brand of trailers. Each transporter is up to 80-feet long and the semi plus the trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The average cost of a transporter is $500,000.

A driver of a NASCAR transporter typically performs another duty for the race team in addition to over-the-road driving. Those duties might include working for the pit crew or being the team cook. For the longer trips, such as Sonoma, California, a co-driver is employed to ensure enough rest for the driver and that the transporter can keep moving on the 50-plus hour journey.

Since each track is different, causing NASCAR teams to change the setups for their cars, the transporter returns to home base (typically North Carolina where most race teams are located) for changes. These switches ensure that the cars and tools specific to a race track are inside the trailer. During the changeover, the driver usually replenishes the stock of food, drinks, towels and other needed items for the trip.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a transporter on display where visitors can walk through it and feel what it's like to be inside the trailer and see why these vehicles can transform those driving them into rock stars of the road trip.

Following the diagram above, here are the different parts of the NASCAR hauler:

1. Top Deck

Viewing area with railing for observing race cars on track. Can include scoring monitors with lap speeds and times for team managers and crew to evaluate car and driver performance.

2. Lift Gate

Hydraulic or electric rear door that folds out to load and unload race cars.

3. Car Bay

Holds two cars.

4. Team member lockers


5.-7. Parts storage


8. Computer monitor


9. Keyboard


10. Computer storage


11. Shock dynamometer


12. Shocks and springs


13. Kitchen storage


14.-16. Tools


17. Counter top


18. Cleaner storage


19. Microwave


20.-22. Parts


23. Transmission storage


24.-25. Engine storage


26. Stairs into side of transporter


27. Stairs into office area


28. Driver uniforms and helmet


29. TV, VCR and stereo


30. Work desk


31. Office supplies


32. Lap speed monitor


33. Sitting area


34. Business supplies storage


35. Crew storage


36. Removable table


37. Sofa


38. Generator


39. Satellite Dish

Source: NASCAR