Michael Johnson to help F1 speed up pit stops

Associated Press
FILE - This is a Sunday, April 10, 2011 file photo of  Williams Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil drives on a shredded tire during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang, Malaysia. Athletics great Michael Johnson will work with the Williams Formula One team to help its crew speed up drivers' pit stops.  Williams F1 said Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012  that Michael Johnson Performance Inc., the training company founded by the retired 200-meter and 400-meter Olympic champion, will devise a training program for its pit crew and evaluate the whole team's regime. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
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LONDON (AP) — Track great Michael Johnson will work with the Williams Formula One team to help its crew speed up drivers' pit stops.

Williams F1 says the training company founded by the retired 400-meter Olympic champion will "provide an intensive training program for the team's pit crew personnel as well as conducting an evaluation of the team's training regime."

Shaving a small amount of time off a stay in the pits can make a huge difference to a driver's race performance.

Johnson says he is "confident that the experience and biomechanics expertise ... (can) cut hundredths and even tenths of a second from their pit stop times."

Michael Johnson Performance Inc., has already worked with the Dallas Cowboys and FC Dallas of the MLS.

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