NASCAR executives are actively in talks with new auto manufactures – Looking for new NASCAR OEM’s
Which would be a great thing.
A variety of manufactures create a variety of ideas. A variety of ideas and chassis setups create passing on track. The more manufactures, the better the NASCAR product.
Currently, only 3 manufactures are represented in NASCAR. Those include; Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.
NASCAR is looking for more. Today, Steve O’Donnell made the announcement that the sanctioning body is currently in talks with possible new NASCAR manufactures.
O’Donnell stated, “We are in aggressive conversations with OEM’s. Actually, I think Brad Keselowski was spot on, on this. It’s probably the biggest impact that can help the sport. Or continued to grow the sport.
The NASCAR VP continued, “So, we are aggressively pursuing new OEM’s. We want to make sure that they come in similar to how Toyota did. It’s really changed the sport. They’ve done a tremendous job and really helped the industry.”
He concluded, “Those conversations are ongoing. It’s a tough process. There’s a lot to consider, doing this. But that is a huge goal for the sport right now.”
In December 2016, NASCAR and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne discussed Dodge returning to NASCAR. Sergio stated at the end of 2016, “I was the one who made the decision to pull out of NASCAR. I am the guilty party at the table.”
Related: Dodge returning to NASCAR?
Dodge is openly trying to re-join the sport. We know that for certain.
However, it’s not just Dodge. Steve O’Donnell stated OEM’s, plural. So, behind oak doors, what other auto manufactures have expressed interested in joining the sport? We will likely find out as the 2017 season progresses.
If it’s another foreign automaker, the old-school fans won’t be happy. But that’s ok. Those types of racing fans aren’t considering the best interests of the sport itself, only their own selfish reclusive interests.
I just want great racing. The color of car badges couldn’t be more irrelevant to me. If it makes the racing better, which it will, I’m all for it.
Author: Shane Walters