One of the best pit coaches in Nascar is leaving racing for work outside of the sport. As of Darlington two weeks ago, Hendrick Motor Sports pit coach Lance Munksgard will no longer be at HMS. Munksgard will be taking a new job in McGregor, Texas at Fourseventy Claim Management.
Munksgard’s career started over a decade ago when he was working for an Orthopedic group in Salisbury. He started carrying tires in 2002 part time and went full time coaching and carrying in 2003. Later in his career he found himself as the Head Coach at Michael Waltrip Racing and also Red Bull Racing. The last 2.5 years have been at HMS as part of the 48/88 teams. Through the years Munksgard has been able to win 19 Cup races along with a Pit Crew Challenge Championship, 2 Daytona 500 wins (13′-14′), and a championship in 13′ with Jimmie Johnson.
When we talked with Coach Munksgard he had this to say:
“I was blessed to have been able to live a dream of working with the best mechanics and pit crew members in Nascar over the years which was an unforgettable experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better organization than HMS to finish my Nascar career. HMS is a truly professional company that starts from Mr. Hendrick down through the management, crew chiefs, and through the pit crews. It was a true pleasure to work with a strong coaching staff and pit crew members at HMS and watch them progress each week. I will truly miss the competition on pit road each week and wish all the guys on pit road the best of luck.”
We would like to wish Lance the best of luck in his new job. His time on pit road has been well spent and it should be noted that his last race at Darlington his two teams finished 2nd and 3rd. Almost went out with a win. Good luck to Lance and his family in their new journey.
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