Danica Patrick is not the only woman making headlines in the NASCAR circuit: meet Christmas Abbott. she is set to become the first female pit crew member in NASCAR history. The crossfit junky is looking to cross over into the world of auto racing, defying the physics of the sport. The average tire in NASCAR can weigh around 55 to 70 pounds, almost half the weight of the average woman.
Christmas is a fitness nut and a part of the cross-fit culture which pushes the body to the limits. She currently squats 255 pounds, so a 70-pound tire shouldn’t be a challenge. Last week she signed a deal with NASCAR to become the first woman in a pit crew in the Camping World Truck Series. She will be a part of the pit crew for race car driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, and just like the male pit crew members, Christmas will be expected to change race tires in 12 seconds flat.
The calling of NASCAR came along in the form of a tryout from NASCAR owner Ted Bullard of Turner Motorsports, who was inspired by Abbott’s crossfit videos and wondered why women were never a part of pit crews. Thinking outside the box, Bullard invited Christmas out to Charlotte for a chance to be a part of the pit crew. Seems the tryout paid off as she’s now made history.