Six months ago NASCAR took a 31-year-old woman under its wing, only her name wasn’t Danica Patrick.
No, this girl was a body-builder called Christmas Abbott and she was destined to become NASCAR’s first full-time female pit-crew member. Like Patrick, Abbott’s hiring was initially considered a publicity stunt – after all, the girl possesses shampoo commercial hair, an ultra lean body and beautiful looks. Hardly what one would expect working in a NASCAR pit crew.
However, ignoring the negative comments and getting on with the job at hand, she’s silenced the critics who claimed she wouldn’t last … for now.
The 5-foot-3, 115-pound lifter from Raleigh, North Carolina made her debut in February, working on driver Jennifer Jo Cobb‘s truck at Daytona. Now she is under a full-time contract with Michael Waltrip Racing, working for Clint Bowyer‘s car.
Abbott’s well aware her gender puts her in the spotlight; however, her ability to dead lift 255 pounds and change two 60-pound tires in 12 seconds maintains her confidence to perform in front of the considerably bigger Sprint Cup audience.
Can she last a entire Sprint Cup season? Watching Abbott perform, I personally think she has shown the ability to fit in to any pit crew and she should be able to last in NASCAR — I just wish there were more women like her willing to work at my local KwikFit.