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Racing Episode 03

U.S. Army Racing Teams discuss the dangers they face on the job.

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    Even after teammates depart, the Army racing team knows how to regroup and focus...

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    Tony Schumacher talks about racing in the FRAM Autolite Nationals and what it's ...

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    Checking and rechecking the parts and pieces of a racecar is an important aspect...

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    Tony Schumacher and his Racing Team explain what they do to keep the team winnin...

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    Tony Schumacher and his Crew Chief explain what goes on behind the scenes.

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    Mike Green will take you for a tour around the race trailers.

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    Tony Schumacher and his Crew Chief explain what goes on behind the scenes.

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    Just like every airborne or special forces soldier checks their equipment every ...

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    Just like every airborne or special forces soldier checks their equipment every ...

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    Whether it's sunny or cloudy, hot, humid or rainy - the weather is key to how it...

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    Our soldiers work under the expectations of being the best in the world every da...

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  • Racing Episode 01

    Drivers and crew members speak about the meaning of representing the U.S. Army.

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    Drivers and crew members speak about fuel systems and related racing strategy.

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  • Racing Episode 03

    U.S. Army Racing Teams discuss the dangers they face on the job.

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    U.S. Army Racing teams talk about race preparations and maintenance.

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    The use simulators is an important part of winning the fight.

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    Racing Episode 05
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    U.S. Army Racing Team members discuss how people are the most important factor i...

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    U.S. Army Race Teams take full advantage of the latest technologies.

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  • Racing Episode 08

    U.S. Army Race Teams discuss what it takes to win races.

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    Communication and information systems have become a key factor in trying to win ...

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    Proudly representing the the men and women that serve comes first for the U.S. A...

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    comparing the Army and the racing team.

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    A Bradley Fighting Vehicle goes pretty fast. Maybe not quite as fast as a dragst...

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Racing Episode 03

U.S. Army Racing Teams discuss the dangers they face on the job.

I like to drive on the edge, I like when the front end is in the air and it’s scary fast.
It’s very very dangerous; when you have a failure of a wing or a tire or a wheel or something, he’s definitely gonna crash.
These cars are very tight. Once you’re equipped and you have your fire suit on, everything in here is meant for one reason: in a crash it’s to keep you from being able to move around. Your helmet’s on, there’s not that much motion.
I’m not gonna put a race car out there on the race track that’s unsafe. He can get in that car 100% and feel safe, and he can go out and win races.
Just the structure of things, let’s say your helmet, things like that. Making sure they’re sized right, they fit right, they feel right, you’re comfortable. The equipment that I wear is fire retardant.
That means that it won’t catch on fire. It’ll burn, it’ll melt, but it won’t flame up and catch on fire. The most dangerous part for everybody is me coming in. But, when I come in, they’re running out in front of a car that’s running 45 miles an hour.
Occasionally the throttle will stick wide open, and when you’re going 325 miles an hour and you can’t shut it off, it’s a bit of a panic.
Even if the driver’s knocked out and it goes through the finish line, shoots will come out, the fuel system will shut off, and the engine will shut off all by itself.
The engines are 8000 horsepower and ever since big daddy Don Garless decided to put an engine behind us he saved a lot of driver’s lives.
We have restraints all over this thing. This restraint is what we call our blower restraint. It keeps the parts from flying onto the track. The spark plugs are covered by a titanium shield.
We run an engine diaper on the car, it wraps the whole bottom of the engine. Uh, we try and stay a safe distance behind the car when the car leaves the starting line, just in case there is an explosion, but…
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