Race to the finish line as the US's favorite brand of Driver.

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Salary Range
$25,000 – $106,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do NASCAR Drivers do?

A NASCAR Driver is a professional Race Car Driver for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), which sanctions and governs hundreds of stock car races year round at racetracks across the country. That means that while most people spend their days moving at zero miles per hour, achieving maximum velocity only when it’s time to go home, NASCAR Drivers spend their days moving at speeds of over 100, 150, and even 200 miles per hour, giving new meaning to the term “fast-paced job.”

As a NASCAR Driver, you’re employed by an individual NASCAR team, which typically consists of an owner, Driver, sponsor, Engine Builder, and pit crew, among others. You’re paid by your team’s sponsor to win races, which come with prize money, a trophy, and, of course, bragging rights.

Although you’re a Race Car Driver, there’s a lot more to your day than driving. Before a race, for instance, you typically must meet with your owner and pit crew to discuss strategies. During the race, meanwhile, you’ve got to communicate via headset with your Crew Chief, and make pit stops to change tires and refuel. Finally, after the race, you typically sign autographs, give media interviews, and have another meeting with your pit crew to discuss the race.

And when you’re not racing? You’re not exactly resting, as you’ve got to practice and participate in revenue-generating promotions on behalf of yourself, your team, and your sponsor.

Burning rubber? Doing donuts? Flipping cars? For you and the likes of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it’s all in a day’s work!

Should I be a NASCAR Driver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: NASCAR Racer, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Driver, Racecar Driver, Race Car Driver See More

    How to become a NASCAR Driver

    Most NASCAR Drivers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2899%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,99,99
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