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.


  1. Only one word comes to mind about her -


  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.

  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.

    1. But Christmas is also works for Crossfit and has started her own non-profit, The Hand and Heart Alliance, which links Crossfit members with children in need to provide mentorship and assistance.

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