WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Former Winston-Salem State University football player, Ricky Rozier, has been tabbed to join one of the best NASCAR racing teams as a pit crew member when the 2014 season begins in Daytona, FL.
WSSU Athletics hosted a NASCAR combine for student-athletes in May of 2013, where they were put through speed and agility testing, as well as basic pit crew testing.
After Rozier's dream of playing in the NFL didn't materialize, he attended the NASCAR combine were he caught the eye of the NASCAR hosts. NASCAR recruits and trains its pit crew teams with the similar training and rigors that is required of football athletes. They train extensively in the weight room, conduct daily practices where speed and execution is paramount, and their executions in the pits are filmed and viewed by the team members and pit coaches for analysis.
In July 2013, Rozier pursued his interest in the sport and began training at the Stewart-Haas facility in Charlotte, NC owned by current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, owner of Hass Automation. In August, Rozier had an opportunity to travel via private jet with Stewart's Pit Crew Team to attend the 2013 Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Rozier has begun training to prepare for his first official race in Daytona in February 2014. He will be coached by Kevin Sharp.