Tuesday, October 29, 2013

First female tire changer on Cup team leaves without changing a tire


 

   Christmas Abbott, who in February became the only woman employed in NASCAR as a full-time pit crew member, has left her Michael Waltrip Racing team without ever changing a tire in a race.


   Abbott's departure was confirmed on Tuesday night by a MWR spokesman. The team declined to release any other details regarding her departure.

   In February, Abbott, an elite-level fitness athlete whose journey to become a full-time pit crew member has been well-chronicled, was named to MWR's Sprint Cup organization's traveling pit support team.

   "I'm here to do whatever my coaches ask of me, and I don't want any handouts," Abbott said at the time of her hire. "I'm ready to work three races a weekend if that's what it takes to get me where I want to be.

   "I'm in it for thre long haul."

   Abbott, however, never made it into a race with the MWR organization and in recent months wasn't seen at the track on race day. 

   The most recent race Abbott appeared to work in a race was for a noncompetitive Truck series team during February Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/20/2695570/christmas-abbott-breaks-new-ground.html#storylink=cpyTo our knowledge, the last time Abbott changed a tire was on a non-competitive truck team during February’s Speedweeks in Daytona.


12 comments:

  1. Only one word comes to mind about her -

    Phony.

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  2. Have you ever thought that MWR used her as a publicity stunt with never really any intention of letting her pit? Maybe she couldnt do the job but they led her on anyway.

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  3. They've been cutting crew members left and right, so a more seasoned tire-changer is going to have first dibs. Newbies are usually the first to go. Fair is fair. And they didn't hang on to her because she was a woman.

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