The perks of racing for a new team
By Steve Luvender | Thursday, February 4, 2021
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The NASCAR Cup Series adds three new teams to the fold in 2021. Sure, it’s an uphill battle for any team working to get up to speed, but it doesn’t have to be all a struggle; there are some upsides, too.
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It seems new teams now involve famous team owners — one of the greatest new trends ever. You get to hang out with a cool celebrity, like Michael Jordan, Pitbull or living legend BJ McLeod.
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Usually, new teams start out as single-car organizations. That means no teammates to accidentally spin out!
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You don’t accidentally get called the name of the last person to drive the car, like Alex Bowman, who took over for both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.
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The shop microwave doesn’t smell like Fabricator Greg’s leftover seafood chowder … yet.
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There are no stats comparisons, since there are no past stats for the team. People on social media can’t jump to conclusions and say you’re any better or worse than the last driver. Score!
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If you get a laptop, it’s not a hand-me-down. Nobody wants to analyze data and join Zoom calls on somebody else’s old computer.
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The first race, regardless of finishing position, is the best race in team history, technically. You could cross the finish line with smoke pouring out of the car in 37th place, and it’s still the best race the team has ever seen. (Bonus: Next week, you can do it all over again!)
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You get to peel the plastic off all the new electronics. It’s sort of like being the pit-crew member who handles windshield tear-offs.
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If you like to declare you’re the best (and who doesn’t?), when you think about it, if you’re the first driver to race for a new team, you’re allowed to say you’re the best person to ever race for the organization.
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And, finally, the biggest perk of racing for a new team: new, clean seats. You know how drivers handle their business during races (and if you don’t know, use your imagination). When the team — and thus the car, and thus the seat inside the car — didn’t exist the previous year, it’s pee-free, baby!