IndyCar Pit Crew Members Salaries

IndyCar Pit Crew Salaries

Its impossible to win a race without a good pit crew staff. A staff that hold skills to change the tires on perfect and quickly, manage the fuel consumption for the laps. In IndyCar race pit stop is more complex compared to NASCAR and Formula 1 car pit stop. The IndyCar teams allowed six mechanics during the pit stops according to the race rules and regulation. IndyCar pit crew salaries based on their team performance, bonuses and signed contract permanent or part-time.

Just like NASCAR, IndyCar pit hold by (crew chief) who made the strategy for the drivers when to make a pit stop during the race. In NASCAR racing, a pit crew chief get paid ($25,000 – $10,000) based on his contract with racing team. Some teams paid higher money to their pit crew chief which include some share revenue from winning prize money. In 2008, a report revealed from (NASCAR Insider) according to their data, a pit crew member maximum earn $800 per race and $70,000 annually.


Pit Crew Staff

Per Race Fees


 Yearly Salary

Crew Chief

$2,500 – $15,000

$500 – $1,200

$30,000 – $150,000

Tire Changer

$800 – $2,500


$15,000 – $75,000

Tire Assistant

$350 – $900



Fire Extinguisher





$800 – $2,000


$15,500 – $50,000

Fuel Hose Assistant








Stop Sign

$275 – $500



Top racing teams like (Team Penske, Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing) paying top wages to their mechanics and other pit staff salaries. In year 2018, Sportrichlist reported that, IndyCar pit crew member received bonus upto $2,500 per race on his team win and received extra bonus which include prize money share which is distributed at the end of the year.

Crew Chief Yearly Salary ($150,000) : The IndyCar crew chief is the one who selects the laps during the race to make a pitstop and changes required during the pit stop. He is the one who has to hold the six members pit crew to make sure every thing goes perfectly ok during the stop.

Tire Changer (Assistant) Yearly Salary ($75,000) : After winning races, earning bonus, a tire changer maximum earn $75,000 a year. But some teams tires changers wont earn more than $25,000 a year. He is the one who has to pass the right tires before the car make pit stop during the race, he assist all six members tires selection. There two tire changers that active during the race one in front and other on rear tires.

Fire Extinguisher Yearly Salary ($20,000) : He is the one who is responsible for any kind fire incident. Very rare incident related to fire take place in IndyCar but there is always a need of fire extinguisher expert in the pit crew for their safety.

Fueler (Assistant) Yearly Salary ($50,000) : Fueler is one of the most important person behind the IndyCar pit crew. He is the one who has to put fuel in the car, he assisted by another member (assistant fueler) who inform him how much is fuel required.

Airjack Yearly Salary ($25,000) : Airjack person lifts the car to assist tire changers during the race. His earnings depend on the contract with the teams, he received $750 based on his contract with team and if he is working as part-time member received $300 per race reported (Sportrichlist) in 2018.

All information based on Indycar pit crew salaries gathered from trusted sources. If any changes made to the IndyCar pit crew or new members added in future details updated here later. NASCAR Pit crew staff payroll compare to IndyCar pit crew quite different in terms of bonuses and winning prize money share. Formula 1 pit crew mechanics currently best paid in the world working for top teams like (Ferrari F1, MClaren F1, Red Bull F1 and Mercedes F1 team).