Inside a NASCAR Transporter

January 05, 2015, NASCAR.com

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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