'Tear it down, we’re out:' Charlotte race shop posts video of snake on door handles
A live snake wrapped around the door handle is never a welcome sight for a business, but it's even more problematic when that office belongs to a NASCAR team prepping for the Coca Cola 600 Sunday.
It happened Tuesday at the headquarters of Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, North Carolina, and the staff posted a video on Facebook as proof.
In the 18-second video, a black snake is seen defying gravity as it slithers vertically along a glass door and tangles itself around the handle.
Where it was headed is anybody's guess, but the door serves as one of two main entrances to the office, said Bryan Cook, social media director for Joe Gibbs Racing.
NASCAR retweeted out the video, which was posted Thursday, and it quickly took off, racking up nearly 280,000 views and 6,000 shares in three hours.
"I think the staff reaction was one of amazement and amusement," said Cook. "It stayed there 20 minutes and then slithered off back into the woods. Nobody touched it."
Hundreds have commented on the video, starting with Joe Gibbs Racing staff who posted: "NOPE! We need a new race shop. Tear it down, we’re out."
The snake was identified as non-venomous black racer, and some employees believed it came from the piles of pine straw that are plentiful in the business park or possibly the nearby lake.
Among the hundreds of comments are more than a few comparisons between the snake and some NASCAR drivers, as well as accusations that a competitor with one of the Ford teams planted it there.
"Drive cars at 200 mph, sure... Snake on the door, scream like little girls," posted William Lloyd Blair on Facebook in response to the video.
"Awesome security system you have there!!" posted Dave Summers on Facebook.
"Flamethrower is the only acceptable answer," wrote Angelle Guillot.
The Joe Gibbs Team is home to such NASCAR stars as Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez. The Coca Cola 600 is Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.