Events & Meetings
One of the most unique venues in the Charlotte region, Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) offers 5.5 acres and 35,000 square feet of possibilities for your next event. From the outdoor track and pit road to the nearly 100 seat theatre, classrooms, and spacious lobby, PIT is diverse enough to offer the flavor of motorsports coupled with a beautiful facility with all the professional amenities of traditional event spaces.
We are located in the heart of Race City USA for groups interested in tourism. We also host a variety of venues, such as; weddings, receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, reunions and corporate meetings, just to name a few. We can accomodate large groups with our state-of-the-art facility.
Hosting business meetings and conferences is a specialty of the Performance Instruction & Training facility and staff. From a small group to a large multi-day conference, PIT’s facility can easily accommodate. Allow PIT’s professional event staff to handle any facility needs while you concentrate on the event.
Your guests arrive to easy on-site parking and view presentations from the professional theatre with complete sound system. Smaller classrooms make break-out sessions and brainstorming a breeze, or host your small group in the board room. View pit stops from the balcony during breaks and make lunch simple with on-site catering.
Advertise your conference and compliment your sponsors by allowing PIT to design a customized race car with your logos. PIT can also create a team building or continuous improvement event to compliment your conference or meeting.
Performance Instruction and Training (PIT), a pit crew and corporate training center based in Mooresville, N.C. is proud to announce that they have received official licensing through the state of North Carolina's Board of Community Colleges as the first and only state licensed pit crew training school in North Carolina. PIT General manager Bob Plott made the announcement today and issued the following statement:
"We are excited to receive official state licensing for our program in that it officially validates the success that we have enjoyed as a company for over a decade. Moreover, the licensing provides additional scholarship financial options and protection for our students whom we feel are the future of the sport. Since its inception in 2002, PIT has trained students 99 classes from 48 states and four foreign countries at our state of art 10 million dollar training facility. Registration is now open for our landmark 100th class which begins April 28th, 2014. Our ownership (Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond), internal staff and our coaches are second to none. Most PIT coaches hold advanced college degrees in training related disciplines, and all of them have worked, or are currently working for top NASCAR teams as pit crew athletes or coaches. More than 70 of our graduates have won individual or team championships at the highest levels of NASCAR completion, at least three of our graduates are coaches at the Cup level, and almost 80% of our graduates are hired for jobs in the racing industry. And PIT is also the official developmental team for Joe Gibbs Racing. We are proud of these past and present accomplishments, and prouder still of the bright future ahead of us that has been further enhanced by this state accreditation."
Lake Norman News - by Deb Williams
"Retired Mobil executive Tom DeLoach's affinity for racing didn't end when the Statesboro, Ga., native left the company in 2000. He simply channeled his passion for the sport in a different direction.
A year after retiring, DeLoach realized the over-the-wall crews were attaining a new level of professionalism and a training facility was needed for those seeking that type of motorsports career. The Mooresville resident partnered with NASCAR championship crew chief Jeff Hammond, who had recently accepted a TV analyst job with FOX Sports, and together they implemented the training facility the personable DeLoach envisioned.
They purchased the pit crew school known as 5 Off 5 On, created the Performance Instruction and Training facility, and constructed a state-of-the-art complex in Mooresville. Earlier this month, school officials were notified they were now licensed by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges, an objective that took at least five years to achieve.
"I had to go over there and rub my hand over the license itself and say, ‘Whoa! This is wonderful,'" said an excited DeLoach, whose NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Red Horse Racing is based across the street from PIT. "It has been such a torturous process of trying to get to that point, because frankly, we are the one and only pit school training facility licensed by the state of North Carolina. When you are a pioneer, it takes longer to figure out where the trail is. And when it's that painful to get, the victory is that much sweeter."
Figuring out the correct business path is something DeLoach has done throughout his professional career.
After receiving a bachelor's degree with honors in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1969, DeLoach joined Mobil Oil at its Beaumont, Texas, refinery. He progressed through the company and became manager of crude oil supply for U.S. marketing and refining in 1980.
In 1981, he was liaison with Mobil's diversified businesses. Three years later he became vice president of U.S. supply and in 1986 he was appointed vice president and general manager of U.S. marketing.
DeLoach was elected vice president of corporate planning and economics for Mobil in 1990. The following year he was elected to the Mobil Oil board of directors and named vice president of worldwide supply and trading. In 1993, DeLoach was named executive vice president in charge of international marketing and refining. In 1994, he was appointed chief financial officer for Mobil Corp. In 1998, DeLoach became president of Global Midstream.
From 1993 until his retirement in 2000, he also was the worldwide coordinator of Mobil's motorsports programs.
Four years after DeLoach retired from Mobil, PIT opened its 33,000-square-foot facility on slightly more than five acres in Mooresville. The facility includes a 24,000-square-foot building, a 9,000-square-foot garage and a quarter-mile track.
In addition to pit crew training for individuals and teams, PIT provides corporate team building initiatives and lean performance programs. Bob Plott is the facility's general manager and Toni Thomas handles the financials.
"We kinda grew into the business and we feel we have a state-of-the-art facility that's second-to-none," DeLoach said. "It has the ability to give as (much of) a real life training experience to the young men and women as anything out there. We have a quarter-mile track around the building, we have pit stalls, we can simulate pit road traffic, we can have you blocked in and we can have you slide out of the (pit) box. If you practice as close to reality as you possibly can, then it's going to work."
Pit Crew U, an eight-week course that involves classroom and hands-on training, recently graduated its 98th class. In addition to learning pit stop choreography and each of the six positions on an over-the-wall crew, the students studied race-day preparation, equipment maintenance and selection, and pit road rules. Those who excel in that course receive an invitation into PIT's 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance program. In that program the person receives athletic training, skills coaching and the opportunity to serve on an over-the-wall crew in stock car racing.
"I want to see the fight in the dog," DeLoach said in explaining what he looks for in people. "Not necessarily the most spectacular physical specimen, but I want to see somebody that has the heart. That heart will persevere when it's cold and rainy and uncomfortable and rain delays. The other attributes may or may not, so that's what we try to coach them into."
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