Chevy's future tied to 'Gen 6' car?
Updated: February 16, 2013
By David Newton | ESPN.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Chevrolet may have pulled out of NASCAR had the governing body not developed the new "Gen 6" car that returns brand identity to the sport.
"It would have been a good chance," team owner Rick Hendrick said on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. "As a matter of fact, I'm sure they might have."
Hendrick, the owner of Hendrick Motorsports and one of the top owners of automobile dealerships in the United States, made the comment during the unveiling of the 2014 Chevrolet SS production car that will debut in NASCAR this season.
CONTINUE AT ESPNNASCAR president Mike Helton said Chevrolet led the charge two years ago for a return to manufacturer identity that was lost with the CoT that was used from 2007 through last season.
"Mark kind of voiced that, that if we can't be relevant we don't race," Hendrick said. "We had a lot riding on that, and we needed it anyway. We had beaten that COT to death."
NASCAR introduced fuel injection to its cars last season because manufacturers wanted it, then worked with Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to make the body of the cars look like those on the showroom floor for this season.
"They backed us in a corner and said, 'Here's what you guys need to think about doing,'" Helton said.