It's almost that time of year again. The racing season is over, kids are making Christmas lists, and Moms and Dads around the country are wondering what to get each other for the holidays. Well, we decided to give all of you a little help in deciding what to spend your hard earned money on this holiday season to make next year's racing season that much more enjoyable. Ignoring the obvious items that would make your car go faster, we decided to focus on some tools that would make your life a little easier. Here's the idea. If you can save time and hassles in the shop then your work on the car will go smoother and faster. That in turn will make everybody happier.

Readers of this magazine will recall that Project DLM was housed in a good sized race shop. That shop, while spacious, wasn't convenient for the team or the CT staff. So we downsized our shop, although that '90s buzz word "right-sized" might be more appropriate. As you'll see in the following pictures, the new shop is smaller and divided into two separate rooms. One houses the car and all of the components for it while the other is a tool room specifically for keeping all of our tools under lock and key. In the unlikely event of a break-in we should be able to minimize our losses by having the tools and car in two separate rooms.

In addition to the layout of the shop we also found an unlikely place to find some really cool tools and storage options-Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. That's right the big blue sponsor of NASCAR's Jimme Johnson actually turned out to be a great place to find some exceptional deals on high-quality tools. Check out the sidebar for a cost breakdown and more details on racer-specific tools from Lowes.