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How It’s Made: NASCAR Hoods

MEET JAY BRASSARD – HOOD FABRICATOR

We all know the importance of the parts under the hood of a racecar, but in NASCAR the hood itself plays several very important roles.

*Editor’s Note: This article was originally composed during the 2011 NASCAR season. Since then, NASCAR has switched to carbon fiber hoods and decklids in competition. Read more about the new hoods here. This article is still provides a great look into the JGR Fabrication shop. We hope you enjoy it!

Aerodynamically speaking, the hood must fit seamlessly onto the body of our Toyota Camry. When you’re traveling at 180-200 mph, even the smallest lip can affect the car’s ability to cut through the air. Beyond the edges of the hood, per NASCAR rules the hood must maintain its original shape and angles under extreme forces. At times the air traveling beneath the car will try to suck the hood down towards the track, creating a large dent in the middle of the hood. This buckling can cause wind resistance to be reduced – an advantage that NASCAR does not permit. To counteract this, several support bars are built into our hoods.
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Top 10 NASCAR Sunsets

Every year, several tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit play host to some of the most beautiful sunsets. We hope you enjoy this free desktop wallpaper from Chicagoland Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Richmond International Raceway.
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Top Ten: Unique Trophies Won by JGR

When you visit the Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina, you’ll find display cases filled with trophies and memorabilia from our almost 20 years in NASCAR. Every trophy signifies a hard-fought win and is a testament to the dedication of hundreds of skilled employees. There are those trophies a team covets because of the history behind them and prestige they bring to an organization. Then, there are the trophies that are coveted because they are so uniquely designed. JGR has had the opportunity to fill its cases with many of these trophies. Here are some of the best:
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