How Real Racing Teams Function

A racing team can be thought of as being similar to a hand. Each role represents a finger and it is only when these roles work in synergy that the hand will function. There are different specialised areas within any team; each position requiring dedication and a great deal of hard work. How does a basic racing team function and what are some of the most important roles?

The Owner

The owner is the individual who secures sponsors and provides the financial stability for the entire team. So, he or she needs to have a good deal of business sense alongside a working knowledge of race cars.

The Team Manager

The manager will oversee most day-to-day activities such as practices and maintenance. He reports directly to the owner. In many cases, a racing manager will have had experience either as a driver, a crew chief or a mechanic.

The Crew Chief

A crew chief takes on more physical responsibilities and will report directly to the manager. Some of the activities that the chief will supervise are:

  • The procurement of parts.
  • The training of the driver.
  • Mechanical and servicing issues.

As the chief will tend to work closely with the driver, it is important that he or she is able to develop a good rapport. Many chiefs also have degrees in fields such as engineering or mechanics.

Other Positions

Besides the supervisory roles, there are other positions that need to be filled within a racing team. For example, one member will be concerned solely with the engine while the focus of another revolves around tyre maintenance and replacement. General mechanics are concerned with the suspension, the brakes and similar systems. There can also be a body work specialist that helps to pull out or replace any panels that may have become damaged.

In every way possible, the modern racing team can be thought of as a well-oiled machine.