In 2007 Milan Rudanovic was set to graduate from Rutgers University with a degree in Labor and Employee Management with a varsity letter for playing defensive end for the Scarlet Knights. Rudanovic still felt the desire to compete on a playing field. That was when Rudanovic was approached by his coach about an opportunity to continue to compete in the pros, the pros of the NASCAR ranks. Rudanovic was invited to a three-day tryout for Red Bull Racing (RBR) to be a member of its pit crew in 2008. With little experience working around race cars, Rudanovic was still open to the idea. The tryout went better than expected and Rudanovic was offered the chance to join Red Bull Racing’s roster as a catch-can man and gas man in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
After spending 30 plus weekends a year for four years on the road with RBR, Rudanovic moved over to Turner Scott Motorsports where he currently works as a general mechanic in the shop. On race days he serves as gas man for the No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet Silverado truck series entry driven by reigning champion, James Buescher as well as the No. 30 WORX Chevrolet Camaro Nationwide Series entry driven by Nelson Piquet Jr.
Rudanovic finds competing in the NASCAR ranks similar to competing in Division I college football because of the traveling, staying in hotels as well as the intense training program the pit crew members go through on a weekly basis.
With Rudanovic’s shop duties at TSM, Rudanovic trains on his own at the local YMCA, but joins the pit crew on Tuesday and Thursday for two hours of pit practice. Rudanovic sticks to a strict workout program, something he feels is necessary to stay competitive in the sport.
When Rudanovic is in the shop you can find him assembling trucks and maintaining the pit box and other equipment around the shop. With the NCWTS and NNS ranks being so competitive, it is imperative to maintain all equipment at the highest quality to be successful on the track.
Rudanovic is due to marry his fiancé over the Memorial Day weekend, someone he met while working out at the local YMCA. With racing nonexistent among his family and friends, they all now look up to Rudanovic and his success and look forward to the hearing about the adventures that racing has given him.