By AMANDA VINCENT
As the NASCAR national-level series’ schedules head into the month of June, team members working on pit road will be adjusting to new workwear that will be mandated by NASCAR. Teams were notified of the mandates via an e-mail sent out by the sanctioning body in May. The new mandates seemingly stem from a fire-related incident on pit road during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in late April.
The Charlotte Observer obtained a copy of the e-mail NASCAR sent to teams, alerting them of the mandates, according to a story by Jim Utter.
With the changes, all pit crew members will be required to wear fire-retardant equipment/clothing, including gloves, underwear that covers the entire body from neck to ankles, and head socks that cover the nose and mouth. An additional mandate requiring fire-resistant socks that have been SFI-certified will take effect in August.
Previously, the underwear and head socks were only required for pit crew members fueling cars; they were only recommendations for other pit crew members.
The Sprint Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series will compete under the new mandates this weekend, with the Truck Series running Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth and the Sprint Cup Series racing Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The Xfinity Series has the weekend off and will return to action June 13 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Several teams already took it upon themselves to make the clothing changes soon after the pit road incident at Richmond.
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