Telecommuting is the best thing since sliced bread. No more fighting traffic all the way to the office and all the way home, usually arriving at both locations tired and angry. No more distractions from the account execs who hold impromptu meetings in the hall outside your cubicle. No more having to restrain yourself from beating a misbehaving printer into submission. Do your job without going to work – what a concept! As long as you have all the equipment and supplies you need, can’t you really do your job anywhere?
NASCAR race teams take this concept to an entirely different level. They employ massive tractor-trailers to transport the team racecar and gear from track to track from February to November. Excuse me, racecars. There are two cars in each hauler – the primary car and a backup. But the cars occupy less than half of the space in the trailer. Beneath the cars one will find an astonishing array of tools, parts, uniforms – even entire replacement engines – AND a command center room, where team members gather to monitor weather forecasts, plan raceday strategy or just grab a quick bite. The hauler drivers must have honorary PhD’s in logistics because they are master planners and packers – they know exactly where to find any item in the hauler, right down to each tiny nut, bolt or screw.