NASCAR will push the start of the driver/crew chief back to only one hour before the start of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen.
The driver/crew chief meeting will take place at 1 p.m. ET. The start time listed for the race is 2 p.m. ET.
Typically, the driver/crew chief meeting is held two hours before the start of the race.
NASCAR states that this is an experiment for this weekend to create a shorter window between the meeting and driver introductions, which are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
The driver/crew chief meeting often lasts between five and 10 minutes, depending on the number of dignitaries introduced and questions from competitors. After dignitaries are introduced, competitors watch a video outlining various rules for the race and can ask questions afterward.
Richard Buck, managing director for the Cup Series typically addresses the competitors after the video, issuing reminders on key points. The meeting ends with a prayer from a member of Motor Racing Outreach.