Grease Monkey International, Inc. conducted its second annual National Pit Crew Challenge in October at Grease Monkey Center No. 649 in Castle Rock, Colorado.
The challenge is part of the Certified Pit Crew Program that Grease Monkey developed to recognize the organization’s top performing technicians. In order for a Grease Monkey location to become a Certified Pit Crew, the location must meet a strict set of criteria including top scores on the technician-required certification courses and competitive time trials on the Full Service Oil Change. Locations that become certified are eligible to participate in the annual Winners’ Circle Challenge, which consists of area, regional and national champions.
The national champions, Pit Crew No. 739 from Fairmont, West Virginia, completed their Full Service Oil Change with the fastest time. The crew received a cash prize, leather jackets, recognition patches on team member racing crew uniforms, individual trophies and a travelling trophy to be displayed in the winning team’s location for one year. The center is owned by franchisee Gary Kelley.
Pit Crew No. 687, owned by Ron Morrow, was the returning champion from Parker, Colorado. The crew finished in second place this year and received a cash prize and individual trophies.
The checks and trophies were presented to the winners at the conclusion of the event. The winning team from Fairmont was escorted by limousine to a championship party after the competition.