Monday, July 14, 2014

Jeff Gordon: RTA will be 'good for the sport'

   Four-time Cup series champion Jeff Gordon took part in a national teleconference on Monday and was asked his opinion on the nine owners who formed the Race Team Alliance last week.

   Here was his response:

   "Well, you know, I don't really see where things have changed a whole lot other than it's more official. They've been meeting for years to get together and communicate about where the sport is at, things that they can do to strengthen their teams, be more efficient. I think it's really just more of an official way to create that alliance, and I think it's a positive because our sport, in order for it to be strong, the teams need to be strong. They need to be profitable. They need to be able to do business," he said.

   "It's turned into a big business, and it's constantly growing, and so I'm in support of it because if the teams are strong and more successful, then that's good for us that are part of the team and it's good for the sport, it's good for the fans, and so I think that this is definitely going to be something that we're all going to learn from and grow from, but I think it's something that definitely is only going to be good for the sport in general."

    Gordon also said he believed the RTA was more of a team alliance than an alliance of individual owners.

    "To me it's what's going to make the teams more efficient, stronger, more profitable, and to me that includes the drivers. That includes all the employees on each of those teams," he said. "I think that it's in a lot of ways covering us, as well.  We're aligned with the teams. I have a contract with a team and I want that team to be strong because I know if that team is strong, then that secures my position as a driver. It secures our sponsors and only helps us with our partners and our fans."


  1. In other words? This is "press conference speak" for the following: "All our teams are scared to death that attendance in the stands keeps dwindling, sponsor money is now on the fence and NASCAR doesn't seem to care that our profits are shrinking..."

    It's not all that hard to figure out - this is NASCAR's life support efforts to save a dying patient...

  2. I like Jeff, always have, but what he said is the standard 'company line' BS. Simply a case of the greedy getting even more greedy...the empty seats tell the story, period.

  3. I could lower the cost of racing and fill the stands without even trying. First, strip off all the aerodynamics. Everything but the hood and roof scoops that help keep the cars on the ground. Second, use stock body parts. Third, use stock engines from the manufacturer.

    Speed doesn't make racing exciting, racing makes racing exciting and you can't do it if your going to fast to pass, or if the turbulence is so bad you can't control your car when you get behind another car.

    1. Amen, a hundred times over. Go back to stock, except for safety modifications. Remember (old-timers do) when in the heyday of NASCAR racing, manufacturers had to sell a minimum of 500 street units of a model (later, 1,000) to the general public in order to achieve the FIA homologation required to run. That's why we saw the dramatic, winged Dodge Daytonas and Plymouth Superbirds actually driven on the streets, along with the long-nosed Ford Talladegas. We also had the Mustangs, Camaros, Firebirds, and AMXes of Can-Am racing, which was probably the best racing series ever. It's side-by-side racing fans want. If one maker gains the upper hand, fine. In six months, the other will come back with a response (the Ford Talladega was an example of that). You'll have competitive racing, and cars fans can identify with. I'm a lifelong racing fan who once had to resort to shortwave broadcasts to even find racing coverage. Now, I absolutely refuse to watch NASCAR racing - and will never go back until the cars are stock and drivers chosen on the basis of talent and ability, not marketing focus groups, gender and ethnicity.

  4. When Charlotte Motor Speedway has to close off some of the stands to not look as bad,things are in poor shape....every race I have watched this year,I have seen large numbers of empty seats....NasCrap is dying!

  5. Empty seats? Let's demolish them so we can charge more for the seats we have left. Daytona Rising is a great example of that.

  6. great idea about using " Stock" cars, but who is to say if a certain manufacturer is not competitive they will continue to involve themselves in the sport. Many manufactures and models have already pulled out, Dodge, Pontiac, Buick...