Brothers changing rear tires for Sage Karam Sunday with
Gas Monkey Energy Chevy
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 27, 2016) - To say
that Chase and Cody Selman have racing in their blood would be an
The two brothers will be changing rear tires for young driver
Sage Karam Sunday in the 100th Indy 500 as part of the Dreyer &
Reinbold - Kingdom Racing team on the No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy
But Sunday's "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will also have the
Selman's father, Wayne, in the pit area as tire specialist for Ed
Carpenter Racing and Josef Newgarden.
Oh, the Selmans will have their own little cheering section led
by famous racing ladies, Danica Patrick and Jamie Little.
Okay, it's a long story but Chase and Cody have been going over
the wall in the Indianapolis 500 since they were both 18 years ago.
And Wayne was the fueler back then too.
"Cody used to ride in the semi-truck with my dad to the races,"
said Chase Selman, team manager for Dreyer & Reinbold - Kingdom
Racing. "Then when he went to college, I did that during the
summers going to the races with our dad. It was a great experience
and we just got racing in our blood."
Cody and Chase developed their racing experience beyond the pit
crew with Cody entering the marketing field in NASCAR and Chase
moving into the management role at his current team.
"We still get a charge out of jumping over the wall and changing
the rear tires on the No. 24 car," said Chase. "And our pit stops
are solid and fast. We finished second in the Pit Stop Challenge in
2014 when Sage was a rookie. We hope to win it in 2016. We have
been practicing pit stops on a daily basis for the past few
Cody, who has left a regular position in racing to run two
restaurants in Las Vegas, comes in each May to assist brother for
the Dreyer & Reinbold - Kingdom Racing Indy 500 effort.
"We always wanted to go over the wall and be a part of pit crew
as kids," said Cody, husband to Fox Sports TV commentator Little.
"When it was time to do it, my dad was the fueler for the team and
I wanted to change tires. That 38-pound rear tire can be heavy by
the end of the 500. But it's fun and I really enjoy it."
Cody, 32, has been involved in some mishaps too. In 2005 at
Fontana, Calif., his right leg was broken on a pit stop.
Ironically, Jamie was reporting on Cody's accident, not knowing him
at the time.
"We laugh about it now," said Cody. "I asked if she remembered
the accident and she said yes. I said, 'That was me on the
stretcher.' We met at a NASCAR event three years later."
Chase, 30, has a connection to Patrick too. In fact, he is
married Danica's little sister, Brooke, and they now have two
"The story is funny on how we met," said Chase. "Brooke was
having dinner with your parents (Bev and T.J.) and Cody and Jamie
were having dinner at another table. Cody said he was trying to set
up his little brother with a gal in racing. And Brooke said, 'He
sounds nice. What about me?' She gave Cody her number and we had a
date. And we have been together ever since."
The Selman brothers have grown up in the sport from California
to New Mexico to Indiana.
Wayne raced motorcycles in the late 1970s and started working in
racing in the 1980s.
"I worked for the Galles IndyCar team before moving to Indy and
the boys were hooked on racing," said Wayne. "I knew they wanted to
get into the sport with me. We had three of us over the wall a few
times with the boys changing tires and I was the fueler. For a dad,
it was great experience."
But like Cody, Wayne has had pit accidents too. Like at Michigan
in 1996 when he caught fire on a pit stop when the fuel spilled on
"My dad caught on fire and it was back in the methanol days and
you couldn't see the fire," said Cody. "The special fire
extinguishers didn't work on the methanol and my Dad literally
jumped into a 55-gallon barrel of water behind the pits. That was
the only way to get the fire out."
The Selmans accept the danger factor in the pit lane at the Indy
500 but they also love the competitive nature of the pit stops.
They know fast stops can help their driver win the race.
"We can change a tire right at 4 seconds or less," said Chase.
"But consistency with the pit stops can make the difference. You
want to be solid and consistent with each stop. No mistakes. We'll
have about ten pit stops during the 500 and, if every one of them
is good, we'll make up ground for Sage during the race. It's
important to be fast and consistent with the stops."
The Selman brothers have "other" brothers on the Dreyer &
Reinbold - Kingdom Racing team too. It's the other four members
over the wall this Sunday. In addition to Cody and Chase, Karam's
pit team includes Brian Goslee, Andy Natalie, David "Booty" Taylor
and Ron "Smitty" Smith.
"Our crew lineup is a good one and I think we'll show it on
Friday (Pit Stop Challenge) and Sunday (Indy 500)," said Chase.
"Our goal is to help Sage win the Indy 500. Of course, having Cody
next to me on the pit stops gives me a lot of pride and confidence.
My big brother is helping me just like he did when I was
The Selman brothers will be in action Friday at 2:15 p.m. EDT
with the Pit Stop Challenge and then Sunday in the 100th Indy 500
when the green flag drops at 12:14 p.m.