We've been on the fence with NASCAR
for some time now. On one hand, it's some of the closest racing anywhere in motorsports
, with actual passing and door-handle-to-door-handle action as a matter of course. But on the other, it's become template racing – a personality-driven sport more about the drivers than any sort of loyalty to a particular automaker. The Car Of Tomorrow
format really rammed that message home, with a racecar's identity coming down to little more than headlamp stickers slapped on the nose. That's not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but we've wondered for some time what's in it for the automakers, who pay big money to stay in a series that has had little increasingly little do with street car sales, let alone innovation.
Apparently General Motors
was beginning to wonder the same thing. In a new ESPN
report, Rick Hendrick
, team owner of Hendrick Motorsports, suggests that GM
would have seriously considered leaving NASCAR
if it wasn't for the move away from the COT to the new Gen 6 racer. According to Hendrick, GM North America boss Mark Reuss
spearheaded the charge away from the 2007 COT and toward a racecar with clearer automaker ties – cars like the new Chevrolet SS
racer shown above. Learn more about the fight for a closer-to-production look in the ESPN
story at the link.
Now, if we could just get more rear-wheel drive V8 coupes into showrooms....