How Do You Become a NASCAR Transport Driver?


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Experienced freight haulers interested in becoming NASCAR transport drivers should start with a smaller racing league such as the Automobile Racing Club of America to become experienced. Landing a job with a NASCAR team requires persistence, networking with existing NASCAR teams and a track record of experience.

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Wikipedia.com keeps a list of the auto racing governing bodies in the United States with sub-articles listing the teams in each league. In addition to ARCA, possible entry points into the transport driving might include Grand American Road Racing Association, United States Auto Club or the Indy Racing League.

Generally, NASCAR transporters carry two race cars above the equipment and tools for the crew. Many haulers include an office located close to the cab. Vehicle transporters cost approximately $500,000, as of 2015, and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Typically transport drivers must commute between the team's base and various race tracks. The job involves a significant time commitment and the best option may be to seek out a team based close to home. Most NASCAR teams are based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Transport drivers receive wages similar to freight haulers but are heavily involved with the racing team and are often encouraged to stay in hotels instead of the truck.

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