Safety isn’t the only issue paramount to NASCAR officials…cost is also an important issue.
With that in mind, NASCAR has released a few minor rule changes for the 2020 racing season in anticipation of of major changes when the next generation car is revealed for the 2021 season.
Running a single team in any one of the NASCAR Series is a multi million dollar a year venture with the Monster Energy Cup Series running $15 to $20 million to operate.
NASCAR senior vice president of innovation and racing development John Probst spoke on the matter saying, “the 2019 season has produced great racing and we anticipate the level of competition to continue to rise as teams build off this rules package in 2020. Collectively, we continue to work closely as an industry to put on the best racing possible for our fans, while working diligently on the Next Gen car, scheduled to make its debut in 2021.”
Changes for the 2020 Monster Cup racing season:
Previously teams were allowed to have an unlimited number of cars with chassis for running on various tracks. Beginning next season, each team will be limited to 12 “active” cars and four “inactive” chassis held in reserve for future use. A car can be decertified or retired only after a minimum of three races or if damaged beyond repair in a wreck. The only exception to the chassis limit is if a team plans to run a specific car in the Clash only during Speedweeks. Additionally, each team will be allowed to have 10 unique chassis designs.
In past years, teams were allowed unlimited testing in one of four designated wind tunnels. An expensive venture, NASCAR is limiting the teams to a total of 150 hours of testing in the wind tunnel per year. While manufacturers are not permitted to run wind tunnel tests on current generation cars, they have no limits on the testing of future generation cars.
Currently teams are allowed a total of 12 crew and team members at the track on any given weekend Beginning next season, NASCAR is limiting that number to 10 members – that includes crew members, engineers, mechanics, and spotters. Furthermore; teams are limited to only three organizational members – directors and managers, this includes single and multiple car teams.
Teams will be required to run a full long block sealed engine for at least eight races. The must also run a short block sealed engine for at least eight races.