Gene Monahan is the Athletic Trainer for Hendrick
Motorsports. His focus is on the Pit Department, where
he works with the athletes involved with pitting race cars
on race day.
Describe your setting:
My setting is newly created and designed with an athletic
training facility in the same structure as the HMS Pit
Department gymnasium, locker room and facilities. We
have a fully staffed conditioning and strengthening
department. Our team works together closely to have our
athletes conditioned, prepared and cared for in terms of
prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.
As mentioned, the athletic training facility is situated as a
private office within the building of our newly designed and
constructed weight room and conditioning facility. This also
extends to an outdoor field facility for practice, conditioning
and competitive exercise. We are fully equipped for our
needs and supported via physician staffed personnel
connected with Ortho Carolina medical services.
How long have you worked in this setting?
I retired from the New York Yankees as head Athletic Trainer
in the fall of 2011 after 39 years. I also worked 10 years
in the Yankee organization at the minor league level prior to
beginning my tenure in New York in 1973 through 2011.
After retiring and moving to Moresville, North Carolina, I was
recruited by Hendrick Motorsports. I have always been a
stock car racing enthusiast, fan and supporter. This was the
main reason I retired to Mooresville. Through a close friend
involved in racing, I became acquainted and interviewed
with Hendrick Motorsports. They discussed a desire to
provide quality care to their pit department athletes and to
construct this department in a most professional manner.
This developed a strong and meaningful relationship,
perfect for everyone. I have been involved and serving in
this capacity for 3 years.
Describe your typical day:
A typical day begins around 7:45am. Hendrick Motorsports
houses 4 complete race car teams. In addition, there is
an annual developmental class of recruits who join the
organization. There is a total of approximately 65 men. The
48 car and the 88 car practice early in the morning; the
5 car and 24 car personnel, after that. They feature full
pit practice and conditioning. These athletes are treated
appropriately within the framework of their schedules,
and the athletic training facility is usually cleared at about
1:15pm each day. On Sundays, the teams fly very early
to the race site, and I will normally accompany them for
the events. I usually attend and work most events in
the Southeast and Midwest. We all return post-race
and the teams are prepared for evaluation, practice and
conditioning early every Monday morning.
In-Depth Look: An AT for an Auto Racing Pit Department
Pictured are, from left: Chad Knaus, Crew Chief for Jimmie
Johnson; Jimmie Johnson, driver of the 48 car and winner of six
Sprint Cup championships; Athletic Trainer Gene Monahan; and
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.