Since our inception in 1991, Mechanix Wear has worked closely with nearly every NASCAR team, developing gloves and other products to significantly improve the safety and performance of pit crews. Through this close interaction, Mechanix Wear learned how much work and training goes into a successful pit crew. We soon realized that these crews deserve an annual award to recognize the huge role that a pit crew plays in the success of their race team at the track.
At the beginning of the 2002 NASCAR season, we created and launched the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew (MVPC) Award. During the racing season, a different crew is selected each quarter as a semi-finalist. At the end of the season, one of the four semi-finalists is chosen as the winner of the award.
To judge the contest each year, Mechanix Wear enlists the help of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chiefs. It is our preference to have the MVPC winners selected on consistent performance under all conditions that also factors in race strategy, car repairs and adjustments, weather, and all of the variables thrown at a crew during race day. We believe the crew chiefs are the most qualified people in the sport to analyze these variables and determine the most valuable crew. On a quarterly basis and at the end of the season, we ask the crew chiefs to vote for the pit crew who contributes the most to the success of their team on race day.
Going into its ninth year, the Mechanix Wear MVPC Award is the longest running and most coveted pit crew award in NASCAR and has gained tremendous respect on pit road. Any team displaying the Mechanix Wear contingency decal on the front fender of their race car is eligible to win. Nearly every team competes in the contest each year, giving the Mechanix Wear MVPC Award one of the highest levels of participation of any annual NASCAR award.
Each quarterly winner during the season will receive $5000 and recognition during pre-race ceremonies. The winning crew at the end of the season will win $100,000 and an all expenses paid trip to the NASCAR Awards Ceremony this December in Las Vegas to accept their award.