IN THE PITS

Q&A With Robin Richert (wife of crew chief Doug Richert)

How many years have you been involved in racing?

21 years.

What's it like being part of the NEXTEL Cup circuit?

Never a dull moment. It is a very hard life, but a good life, and I know that I'm fortunate to be a part of it. Im also fortunate enough to still be friends with a lot of the same people that Ive met over the last 21 years.

What's the biggest challenge that you face as the wife of a crew chief?

Keeping up with the home life. And keeping my husband up when there are the low times.

How do you travel to and from the race track?

Roush Air flies us to and from the track. (And believe me, were fortunate to have that.)

Typically, what day do you arrive at the track? And at what time?

Thursday usually by 6:00 PM.

What day do you normally leave the track? And what time?

Varies.

What do you do at the track to keep yourself occupied?

I score the Busch car #60 and the cup car #16. And when the truck series is with us I score the trucks, but for different drivers. And sometime I just like to do nothing. And sometimes I get to spend time with my good friends.

What's do you think is the biggest change to the sport in recent years?

Youth, money, sponsorship and the people.

What jobs do you see women doing in the garage area?

Actually, there are women NASCAR officials, women changing tires, women driving and scoring, women sponsoring race cars, and we have women owners.

Finally, do you have any recommendations on how to get hired by a NEXTEL, Busch or Craftsman Truck series team?

I think having an inside contact is always helpful. But you could also get in through NASCAR Tech School. My best advice is persistence.