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Guest Commentary: A Day at the Races – A Mid-Summer Pit Stop in an Unlikely Place

Just like your business, where having the parts inventory you need close by and ready to ship or install, each season race teams look at and consider the logistics of transportation verses local warehousing. And, just like the auto parts business, what made sense last year may not make as much sense this year, due to increases in transportation costs, product demand (availability) or the competition.

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Following a long aftermarket career and his retirement from Bosch, Dave Caracci continues to serve the aftermarket industry as executive director of the National Engine Parts Manufacturers Association and as the chairman of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium.

Industry veteran and longtime Babcox contributor Dave Caracci gives us the latest installment in his summertime series of firsthand accounts of life at the track.

When you have six prototype race cars, two semi truck team transporters and a team of more than a dozen people, what do you do when most of the races you have to run are 1,200 to 3,500 miles from your race shop?

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Just like your business, where having the parts inventory you need close by and ready to ship or install, each season race teams look at and consider the logistics of transportation verses local warehousing. And, just like the auto parts business, what made sense last year may not make as much sense this year, due to increases in transportation costs, product demand (availability) or the competition.

For the scoop on how one professional race team tackles these challenges on the road, click here.

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