The Fast and the Curious

How a pit-crew stint taught me to find a car radiator and impress my son

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME; Helmet: Corbis

My 3-year-old son Laszlo loves four things: me, my wife, arguing with me and my wife, and cars. While I am an expert on the first three things, I know nothing about cars. So when Laszlo was 1, to keep up with him, I asked to work on the pit crew of the team that Patrón Tequila sponsors at the American Le Mans GT race in Long Beach, Calif., the sport's biggest race of the year. I figured it would hold me until Laszlo could read the correct answers to his mechanical questions and realize that his dad is so unmasculine...

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