NASCAR at-track team and pit crews will look distinctive for the season of 2018.
Executive vice president, NASCAR, Steve O’Donnell has announced that for the next coming season, the number of pit crew members will be shortened to five from six, this initiative is taken in order to reduce the cost and maintain balanced field across all teams (via NASCAR.com)
Moreover, for the changes of the over-the-wall pit crew, rosters would be separated into two categories: the road crew and organizational. From now, only the limited number of members in the crew can come on the track from the distinct categories.
The organizational structure comprises of team manager, the competition director, technical director, and positions like IT specialists. The cup winning teams having 2 or less than two cars are allowed to have four people on the track. Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity will be allowed to have only one member.
The road crew structure comprises of car chief, mechanics, crew chief engineers, tire specialist aero, and shock specialist. The cup teams will be allowed to have 12 people while the team of Camping World Truck Series can have six people and teams of Xfinity is allowed to have seven members.
NASCAR made another change that the refueler cannot perform duties other than the refueling the cars. In earlier seasons, refuelers used to help in tires and adjusting the chassis at the time of pit stops. The rules have now been changed form this season according to which now they are not allowed to do this.
“These teams are experts at what they do,” O’Donnell said. “I think it will present some different challenges in terms of how teams approach it. That’s one of the beauties of this — we’ll see more innovation. The stops might be a little slower, but I wouldn’t anticipate anything drastic.”