As of 2014, an entry-level NASCAR technician earns between $45,000 and $65,000 annually. Engineers and shock technicians with additional experience earn close to $100,000 annually. According to Hot Rod Magazine, mechanics who act as pit crew workers and climb over the wall during a race can earn up to $150,000 each year.
In contrast to pit crew members, mechanics manufacture engines in custom-built shops and test racing vehicles for optimal performance. Under order to avoid dust and grime from interfering with engine specs and performance, these engines are frequently serviced in near-hygienic conditions.
During pit stops, pit crew mechanics execute in-race maintenance and adjustments. Other pit crew members, including as tyre changers, fuel men, and seventh man, make between $20,000 and $60,000 annually. A crew chief who supervises the complete pit lane operation might earn between $500,000 and $700,000 per year, plus bonuses.
To become a NASCAR technician, expertise on local dirt tracks and smaller short tracks is required. A member of a NASCAR team may endorse mechanics who work diligently. The title of NASCAR mechanic is attained by a mix of mechanical expertise and knowing the proper people.
Important responsibilities of a NASCAR technician include assembling chassis combinations, prepping the gearbox for race day, and servicing the shocks and brakes. In current automobiles, mechanics must be well-versed in all facets of automotive technology, including the electrical components.