Race Team Alliance Expands Ranks From Nine Charter Teams To 18 Race Organizations
The Race Team Alliance has added nine new members, bringing the total number of NASCAR Sprint Cup teams participating in the new business association to 18 teams and 37 cars. The additions come a month after nine of the biggest teams in NASCAR banded together to create a business association designed to help teams cut costs, increase revenue and improve the health of Sprint Cup teams. At the time the group was created, it faced criticism that its only representatives were large, wealthy race teams like Hendrick Motorsports, Penske Racing and Richard Childress Racing and did not include some of NASCAR’s smaller, less established teams. RTA Chair and Michael Waltrip Racing co-Owner Rob Kauffman said, “The idea that this is just the big teams is no longer true. This gives us a little more throw weight in buying power. If we're all going to pull together and buy something, we have more negotiating power. And when it comes to testing policies, we have a broad selection of the teams now. It won't just be the big teams.” The new members include BK Racing, Circle Sport Racing, Front Row Motorsports, Germain Racing, Go Green Racing, Harry Scott Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Phil Parsons Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing. The only full-time team that opted not to join the association was Furniture Row Racing, which is based in Denver and funded by the owner of the home furnishing retailer. Kauffman said expanding the group to include the nine new teams means that the RTA will be able to reach a consensus that takes into account the perspective of both large, multi-car teams and smaller, single-car operations. Kauffman said, "The argument that all-the-big-teams-want-this is no longer valid. We're going to have a broad selection and perspective. If we reach consensus, you'll have a pretty broad example of what everyone is comfortable doing. That's the whole idea.