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"Papa" Preaches Positives at EETC's Annual Conference

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

"Papa" Preaches Positives at EETC's Annual Conference

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The pit crew coordinator for Hendrick Motorsports has a last name nearly as long as his title.

But thankfully Andy Papathanassiou goes by "Papa" for short and he outlined his inspirational keynote address at the Equipment & Engine Training Council's (EETC) 10th annual conference April 7 in Charlotte, N.C., with a four-letter acronym: FDCA.

Papa, who remarkably finds time during the busy 10-month racing season to do speaking engagements, explained the meaning behind FDCA as follows:

* F = Formulate a Plan: The plan doesn't have to he elaborate to produce spectacular results. To illustrate his point, Papa cited an old Nike television commercial starring Jackie Joyner-Kersee. In the commercial, according to Papa, when Joyner-Kersee was asked what went through her mind while competing in the hurdles, she responded, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, jump! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, jump! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, jump!"

* D = Deal With Reality: Papa said that all pit crew members are required to work out for at least an hour a day to remain in top physical condition, but they don't always have the time to spare. Therefore, they deal with the reality of the situation by doing a 10-minute, non-stop pit stop and a five-minute compressed workout that collectively act as a bridge to when they do have the time to devote for a one-hour workout. …

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