Glamorous it is not.

Motor racing is supposed to be about glory and glamour. Television cameras, paparazzi, laurel wreaths, victory and champagne. Slide into a race car and drive flat-out for no more than three hours on a weekend to the checkered flag.

While Ryan Eversley extolled the virtues of his Acura NSX GT3 on Friday in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock inside the Long Beach Convention Center, his RealTime Racing crew toiled behind the 33-year old, preparing his car for Sunday’s 50-minute race as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Glamour? For crew members, it’s long hours, grease under fingernails, burns from touching hot car parts or bruises from something falling. Television interviewers. swarming fans seeking autographs or paparazzi? That’s a dream.

“I love my job; it’s the greatest sport to be in” RealTime team manager Nathan Bonneau said. “It takes competitiveness and a little bit of organization and you do not sit in front of a desk all day. My wife doesn’t necessarily like it all the time.

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