Eyes in the Sky
Think spotters have it easy during Sprint Cup races? Think they’re just kicking back and relaxing, perched high above the speedway to see every move down below?
Certainly, that wasn’t the case last weekend at Infineon Raceway.
“We’re on a hill that is infested with snakes, all kinds of little termites, bugs and different animals,” said Chris Lambert, the No. 83 spotter and voice in Brian Vickers’ ear. “I have seen little lizards and actually had one crawl up my back. It’s just a running joke up there. Everyone plays with the leaves, making things rattle around while you’re spotting.”
On a hillside above turns three and 3a, Lambert and AJ Allmendinger’s spotter, Tim Fedewa, guided their drivers around the 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course. It was a difficult task, too, as they momentarily lost their drivers in turn 11 and through the frontstrech on each lap.
In years past, many teams utilized two spotters on road courses, but that can create too much cross chatter on the radio. So for Red Bull Racing Team, just one extra set of eyes.
Despite the challenges of spotting at a road course, Lambert said it’s nothing compared Bristol.
“Under green at Bristol, you’re really handcuffed,” Lambert said. “If you’re right there, you going to get caught up in it.”