The great thing about SUVs is you have a full cargo compartment’s worth of lockable storage for the tools and other valuables you take to the track. The bad news is that whatever is stored inside the car is usually dirty, and often smells like rubber or petrochemicals, which can spoil a nice interior of the same vehicle you also use for family trips.
That’s what makes a pickup truck so valuable and handy for pulling your car to the track. The dirty stuff stays outside, so the interior stays clean. By the same token, any valuables like tools, jacks, wheels and tires, are easy prey for nefarious types.
You need to find a way to put those things under lock and key, and you really have two options on a pickup: a camper shell or a tonneau cover. There are lots of different kinds of tonneau covers, from fabric to fiberglass and everything in between, but the sliding metal roller top cover from Retrax is a good choice for racecar tow vehicle. It provides the locking storage you need and can hold up to 300 pounds on top of it. What’s more, the sliding tonneau can lock in any position along its path of travel, so you can carry things like a standup paddleboard and still lock it up if you have to leave the truck unattended.
Installation of the Retrax tonneau is pretty straightforward, easy, even. I rate it a one wrench job on a scale of five wrenches. In fact, it only takes one socket wrench, one screwdriver and one Allen wrench, and that last tool comes with the cover kit. It only takes a morning to install it, but you will need a friend to help you lift the assembled cover up from the ground and onto the rails of the cargo bed. Here’s how the puzzle goes together.