NASCAR Cup: Pit crew line-ups remain at six
The No. 22 Team Penske team of Joey Logano on pit road at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 23, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR has confirmed that pit crews won’t be downsized from six to five over-the-wall members for 2017, according to an article from NBC Sports
Previous published reports, including to one here on AutoRacingDaily.com, speculated that NASCAR may downsize pit crews by one over-the-wall person next year, based on discussions among NASCAR officials and members of the Race Team Alliance (RTA), an organized group of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owners. The idea of five-person pit crews was tossed around as a means to reduce team personnel costs and improve safety on pit road by having fewer people over the pit wall during racing action.
NASCAR teams went to six-person pit crews in 2011, down from the previous seven, when new technology eliminated the need for a catch-can man.
According to the NBC Sports report, pit stop changes may be reconsidered for 2018.