July 20th, 2015
Every season, teams come to Indianapolis Motor Speedway with one goal in mind: to kiss the bricks. Since 1996 teams have lined up at the bricked finish line to kiss the dirty, rubbery track. It’s considered one of the greatest traditions in all of motorsports, one that was started by RCR’s XFINITY Series competition director Todd Parrott, who crew chiefed Dale Jarrett to his first Brickyard trophy in 1996.
Why did Parrott decide kiss the bricks? “I had a moment,” he said. “There were the bricks at the start/finish line, and I said to Dale (Jarrett) ‘hey man, when we’re done with our photos we’re going to do something really cool.’ He said “what are you talking about?” “I said I want the whole team to follow me.”
From there Parrott, Jarrett and the team knelt down, turned their hats backwards and began the NASCAR tradition.
Over the years, RCR has claimed three Brickyard 400 victories and one XFINITY Series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We asked team members what it was like to pucker up with those bricks.