• Sep 30, 2010
First Toyota, now Volkswagen? According to the boys from Motor Trend, VeeDub is seriously considering entering into the bastion of American motorsport. That's right, NASCAR. While rumors of VW fielding a Formula 1 team have swirled for quite some time, this is the second time we've heard that the German automaker is considering American stock cars and oval tracks.

What may be prompting this apparent interest in NASCAR? As we all know, Volkswagen has its sights set on becoming a much larger player in the American market, going so far as to create a New Midsize Sedan specifically for the States that will be built by U.S. workers in Tennessee. Not exactly Carolina, the hub of NASCAR development, but close enough.

And it's this upcoming New Midsize Sedan (unnamed as of yet) that would be doing oval duty against the likes of Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and the previously mentioned Toyota. If the rumors are to be believed, VW will begin talks with NASCAR officials and Roger Penske, who fields one of the more successful teams in the sport, in November after the current season concludes.

UPDATE: SPEED reports there's no way Volkswagen's going NASCAR racing next season, and Roger Penske has confirmed he'll be still be racing with Dodge next year, not VWs.


[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How about a race with cars from the show rooms. Old school Nascar. Only safety devices can be added. It's so simple it could work. All these race cars are million dollar babies, nothing close to stock. It's cool, but just like kids with too much money racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just curious - if VW did join NASCAR, does that mean all the spectators have to punch each other every time their car passes the grandstands?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a NASCAR fan, but ever since Blowyota joined the sport, it's been even worse-off.

      Now it will stand for "Not American 'Stock' Car Auto Racing"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know...damn immigrants.

        My father didn't come on a boat from England to watch immigrants race in NASCAR!!!

        :rollseyes
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this is really about advertising themselves, they would be better off aiming for a marketing deal with one of the major sports leagues. Volkswagen could win every race their inaugural season, and still be able to use their hands to count the number of people that bought a Passat because of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If VW is going to get into the pickup market in the US, it makes sense. Also it's a lot cheaper than F1 - all they have to do is build a Chevy small block and put VW logos on the valve covers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it's not a Chevy small block, NASCAR engines are based off a version of the Chrysler Hemi engine, though they're 358 CID.
        • 4 Years Ago
        VW isn't joinin the US truck market. The new pick-up coming from VW won't be offered in The States.

        Also, I don't know where you got your info from, but the engines in NASCAR aren't all Chevys. Every manufacturer builds their own engines. Just because they're all specced to the same size, doesn't mean they're built by Chevy. It only means NASCAR regulates the manufacturers to build 358c.i. V8s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They just have to have someone design the headlight stickers
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not even, it's more like printing a lot of stickers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the biggest problem is finding some one that still makes cast Iron block 1950's level tech OHV engines for them.. Toyota had to look all over Japan, and had to buy a Tractor engine maker, the last one left in country that had the resources to do it.

      Also RWD? Uhm They don't have a RWD vehicle other than than the 2wd Tourergs, every thing it FWD or Haldex AWD.....

      Touring cars ( ALMS/Grand AM/ Conti Challenge) or IRL would be a Better fit for the level of Tech the VW would bring to the table.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't NASCAR basically just a marketing exercise?
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the love of God VW, don't do it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this happens, then I have no choice by to sell my R32.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cool. I'll give you $25 American for it ... that's worth about two loonies, I think ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        by= but.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They have a front engined car with rear drive - only the front wheels are also driven as in their 4trac (I think that's what they call it) system.
      Where are they going to get a carburetor? Those Germans haven't seen a carburetorfor decades.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Easy job for VW, its line up is so bland that a generic NASCAR car will be very similar, in shape, to the one you can actually buy, sans restrictors and that kind of stuff.

      Given the VW's "racing heritage" and the "long line of motorsport success", a 3rd rate regional series is actually a good place to start. LeMons with their fuel injection engines and independent suspensions is propably too advanced....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe a good idea...

      Back in 1995.

      Seriously, what Ivy League MBA thought this one up?!
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