Top NASCAR teams can't let tiring parts ruin their chances to win a race. So what do they do?
When any part reaches what is determined as 25 percent of its projected life, the teams throw it out. For years, NASCAR teams were tossing these parts into landfills, writing them off as the cost of doing business.
That all has now changed thanks to the folks at Roush Yates Racing, who have found a way to get the parts that are being thrown off the car, tag them and re-sell them. In fact, 90 percent of a NASCAR racecar is now recycled in some way.
Believing that the parts could be used by almost any other race car at any level, and knowing that they'd cost less than brand new parts, Roush Yates saw this as a major business. Last month, the race team opened up a 50,000 square foot retail space in Mooresville, North Carolina to sell the parts that the company collects from the top race teams including Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Motorsports and JR Motorsports. When the parts are sold, they split the profit equally.