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Old 07-07-2014, 01:04 PM
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It's about time. Maybe they can put an end to the France control.

Sprint Cup teams form Race Team Alliance UPDATE: A group of nine multi-car teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) announced today they have formed a collaborative business association called the Race Team Alliance (RTA). The purpose of the organization is to create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and to work collaboratively on initiatives to help preserve, promote, and grow the sport of stock car racing. The organization intends to open up its membership to all full time NSCS teams in the very near future. In providing a vehicle for the teams to work together, the organization creates for the first time a single entity to engage with stakeholders on creative ways to market and experience the power of the sport's teams and drivers. As part of its focus, the RTA also plans to explore innovative ways to harness the combined purchasing power and scale of the teams' operations to drive efficiencies in costs. Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, has been elected the first chair of the RTA.
"With the encouragement of NASCAR and the manufacturers, the teams have met in various forms and forums over the years to explore areas of common interest. This simply formalizes what was an informal group." said Kauffman. "The key word is 'Collaboration'. We all have vested interests in the success and popularity of stock car racing. By working together and speaking with a single voice, it should be a simpler and smoother process to work with current and potential groups involved with the sport. Whether it be looking for industry-wide travel partners or collaborating on technical issues - the idea is to work together to increase revenue, spend more efficiently, and deliver more value to our partners."
The following teams are the executive members of the RTA: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motor Sports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.(RTA)(7-7-2014)
UPDATE: Statement from NASCAR: "We are aware of the alliance concept the team owners have announced, but have very few specifics on its structure or purpose. It is apparently still in development and we're still learning about the details so it would be inappropriate to comment right now. NASCAR's mission, as it has always been, is to create a fair playing field where anyone can come and compete. Our job is to support and strengthen all of the teams, large and small, across all of our series and we'll continue to do that. NASCAR is a unique community with hundreds of stakeholders. They all have a voice and always will."(NASCAR)(7-7-2014)
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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Wow I think this is HUGE news.

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Old 07-10-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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Wooo a power grab in motorsports! These always end well. haha
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:24 PM
 
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doesn't seem like good news for small 'one car' teams.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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Not sure what to make of this. It could go very well or we could have 1995 all over again.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:59 PM
 
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this is likely not going to end well.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:14 AM
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This alliance is the smartest thing the owners have ever done. They have to put a stop to the dictator Brian France who forces the owners to spend way too much many to adapt to rules that many of the owners simply do not agree with. The latest is NASCAR wanting them to lower HP which will result in many more millions spent on new engine technology.

The restrictor plate experiment has cost the owners millions in destroyed cars over the years. The big one may have enticed newbies to watch the NASCAR crash fests but the empty grandstands shows that experiment has failed.

The owners and their sponsors spend all the money yet NASCAR gets too big a slice of the pie. I see that changing with the alliance.

If Bill or Bill Jr was still in charge I don't think an alliance would ever happen but Brian France does not run NASCAR like his father and grandfather did and that is the problem.

We shall see.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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Do team owners support the latest ridiculous rules?
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:19 PM
 
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This alliance is the smartest thing the owners have ever done. They have to put a stop to the dictator Brian France who forces the owners to spend way too much many to adapt to rules that many of the owners simply do not agree with. The latest is NASCAR wanting them to lower HP which will result in many more millions spent on new engine technology.

The restrictor plate experiment has cost the owners millions in destroyed cars over the years. The big one may have enticed newbies to watch the NASCAR crash fests but the empty grandstands shows that experiment has failed.

The owners and their sponsors spend all the money yet NASCAR gets too big a slice of the pie. I see that changing with the alliance.

If Bill or Bill Jr was still in charge I don't think an alliance would ever happen but Brian France does not run NASCAR like his father and grandfather did and that is the problem.

We shall see.
Bill Jr. was just as bad making teams alter aero and engine packages almost on a weekly basis to ensure "parity." Bill Jr rule was as much as a dictatorship if not more than Brian.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:15 PM
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Bill Jr. was just as bad making teams alter aero and engine packages almost on a weekly basis to ensure "parity." Bill Jr rule was as much as a dictatorship if not more than Brian.
You could be right maybe it was Bill Jr that started the down fall of NASCAR and Brian is just carrying on.

Bill Sr was the only real racer in the family.

The Alliance has to stop the tyranny or NASCAR will turn into F1 for sedans with only one team winning the majority of races.
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