DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — There are more than 500 team members working in support of the 40 cars in today’s 60th running of the Daytona 500.
Under a new initiative to limit at-track personnel in 2018, NASCAR is providing a list of team rosters before each race this season. In addition to the crew chief, Cup teams will be permitted 12 road crew members each weekend and a five-member pit crew (which is down a person from last year and also under new regulations).
Teams fielding one to two cars also are allowed three management-style spots (competition vice president, technical director, IT support). Teams fielding three to four cars get those spots plus a fourth staff member for IT.
NASCAR will monitor the rosters by scanning identification chips. It also will use rosters in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.
Cup teams presented the idea of having a defined number of team members to NASCAR, which helped formalize the structure.