3 Minutes With … Nicole Addison

Nicole AddisonWHO: Twenty-five-year-old Davidson resident Addison is one of the only female members of a NASCAR pit crew. She's the rear tire changer for Brendan Gaughan, who drives the No. 10 MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 in the Craftsman Truck Series.

HOW SHE LANDED THE GIG: A standout sprinter in high school, Addison attended PIT Instruction and Training in Mooresville, which helps prepare young hopefuls trying to secure an "over the wall" pit-crew position. But it was Addison's skill—more than her gender—that landed her her first job as a tire changer with the No. 16 truck with Express MotorSports in 2005.

ON BEING COMPETITIVE: "I've always been competitive. You just don't want to mess up in any way and let your team down. When you have a good stop, and gain positions, it's a great feeling, too!"

STAYING FIT: "We work out at work two to three times a week. We have pit-stop practice usually two to three times a week, as well, and then we'll go up to the weight room and lift. I try to go to the gym every day after work to get in my cardio. I usually run for thirty to forty-five minutes or take a spinning [cycle] class for an hour."

BEING ONE OF THE ONLY WOMEN: "I really didn't look at it as being the only girl doing it. I've always just wanted to be treated like one of the guys. I'm doing what I like to do, and I just happen to be a girl doing it."
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