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Peru native Jared Mooreman has been interested in cars and NASCAR since he was young and started working on cars with his father, so he is pursuing a career as a tire changer in a NASCAR pit crew. Mooreman recently graduated from Performance Instruction and Training, known as Pit Crew U, in Mooresville, N.C. Submitted photo
Peru native Jared Mooreman has always been interested in cars and NASCAR.
“I’ve been a big fan of cars and NASCAR,” Mooreman said. “Growing up with my dad, he worked on cars when he had the time. I just started doing it with him and got really interested. … I started watching NASCAR when I was six or seven.”
Being around cars throughout his childhood, Mooreman developed a dream to someday work on a NASCAR pit crew.
Now the Princeton High School graduate is chasing that dream.
After high school graduation, Mooreman enrolled in NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. in July and studied there until November.
Mooreman then switched to Performance Instruction and Training, known as Pit Crew U and also located in Mooresville, in January and graduated in late February.
According to a PIT press release, students learn pit stop choreography and each of the six pit crew positions, while also becoming proficient in race day preparation, equipment maintenance and selection and pit road rules and regulations.
“We learned the fundamentals of how a NASCAR pit crew goes over the wall and works,” Mooreman said.
Mooreman is now enrolled in PIT’s 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance program that provides continued training until students land a job in auto racing.
According to the PTI press release, during the 2013 season, 10 PIT alumni won championships at every level of NASCAR and 62 alumni won 93 of 96 total races in NASCAR’s top three series.
“It would mean the whole world to me because this is what I’ve been wanting to do,” Mooreman said about getting a job in NASCAR.
Mooreman is training to be a tire changer, a position he was drawn to because of its importance.
“You have to be consistent every time you go in and hit a lug nut and put one on,” Mooreman said. “You cannot miss one because that’s valuable time.”
At Pit Crew U, Mooreman learned how to approach and get around the car and how to position his hands on the lug nut gun among other skills.
Mooreman said accuracy is his strong point, but he needs to work on getting from one side of the car to the other.
Mooreman, who raced twice at La Salle Speedway in the Hornet Division, hopes to work his way up to NASCAR’s highest level — the Sprint Cup Series.
If he had to choose his ideal pit crew on which to work, Mooreman said he’d like to change tires for any driver on Stewart-Haas Racing, which includes Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick.
“It looks like they’re coming up as a very successful organization,” Mooreman said.
And he’d like to be part of that success.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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