Joe Gibbs Spends $1M A Year Lubing Up Engines

How much do you spend every year on motor oil? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s probably less than $1 million, which is what NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing spends every year trying to perfect the oil it puts in its cars. With the oil experimentation going on for a decade, that’s about $10 million spent on something you and I spend $19.99 for every four months at Jiffy Lube.

Joe Gibbs

So why all the cash on such a seemingly minor detail? Well, NASCAR essentially requires all cars to be equal, even going as far as limiting innovation so as not to give one team an advantage over another. But one area where teams are free to do whatever they want is oil. And if you thought getting KFC’s secret recipe was tough, don’t you dare try and figure out what’s lubing up Gibbs’ engines.

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Is Teen Driver NASCAR Version Of Tiger Woods?

When I was 15, my driving experience consisting of my dad taking me in empty parking lots and wide-open dirt roads and gripping the arm rest as I attempted to keep the car in one piece. Going straight was a bonus for me back then - not hitting the gas when I meant to hit the brakes was a good day out for me.

Needless to say, I was not ready to drive in NASCAR at 15. Not that I am now - even if my two speeding tickets over Christmas might say otherwise. But then again, I’m not Darrell Wallace Jr. The BIRMINGHAM NEWS reports that Joe Gibbs Racing has signed the teenage driver to its driver development program. As you can see from the picture above it should be obvious, but I’ll spell it out anyway - Wallace Jr. is not related to former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace.

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