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    Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation


    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.

    NASCAR 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.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Interesting. The article says that Reuss tempered his statement when asked about it, but good for him (and others) in pushing to make the cars more relevant and related to their production counterparts. In fact, it kind of makes you wonder how they let things get so far afield to begin with, since, in Nascar, the manufacturer's image is very much wrapped into their racing efforts.

    I'm glad that this changed -- and perhaps Nascar had no choice but to comply. Losing Chevy would have been huge, especially now that Dodge is no longer participating.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Matches what PDL was saying. Personally I wish Chevy had pulled out of NASCAR. It ain't what it used to be.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Quote Originally Posted by krusshall View Post
    Matches what PDL was saying. Personally I wish Chevy had pulled out of NASCAR. It ain't what it used to be.
    Very true. It's way better than it used to be!
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    Very true. It's way better than it used to be!
    We've gone back and forth on this before. The competitiveness may be better but the relevance is not what it used to be.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Good for Mark for keeping this real. Some folks think keeping stuff real doesn't matter. It Does... And I'm glad this good man sees that and does what he can. Something like that takes balls. Maybe I'll watch this year.. I've loved to race late models for years as a personally hobby to enjoy on the weekends but rarely tuned into Nascar. Now if he could only fix NHRA.

    Somebody obviously has a clue though in the halls of RenCen concerning that sport as well though. The COPO is proof of that.

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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Quote Originally Posted by krusshall View Post
    We've gone back and forth on this before. The competitiveness may be better but the relevance is not what it used to be.
    I guess we'll just need to agree to disagree!
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Maybe next time.....

    I miss old NASCAR. When they used to actually use real cars. When the drivers had personality and were real people. I wish Chevy and everyone else would pull out of today's NASCAR and let them broil in the juices of their generic, non-discript NASCARs, and corporately imaged drivers.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Im glad to see NASCAR putting a little more" Stock" in Stock Car Racing. This is a move in the right direction.
    I'm glad GM put pressure on them to restore brand identity.This should help boost fan enthusiasm and up the TV ratings. The new cars look great.

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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    Maybe next time.....

    I miss old NASCAR. When they used to actually use real cars. When the drivers had personality and were real people. I wish Chevy and everyone else would pull out of today's NASCAR and let them broil in the juices of their generic, non-discript NASCARs, and corporately imaged drivers.
    I hear what you are saying and miss seeing actual production cars racing around Daytona. But you do know that today's production filled to the rim with roll bars could be nowhere as safe as the Gen 6 cars.

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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    I just can't see anyone buying a car because of NASCAR when there's nothing in the the racecars that relates to the production ones. That is news to me that they finally have adopted fuel injection. Wow!
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    I might start watching again if they start using production based drivetrains again. I won’t hold my breath but it would be nice to see.
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    My best case NASCAR scenario would be seeing mostly stock but high performance Malibus Fusions Avengers Altimas Camrys Mazda6s Sonatas Accords Passats Optimas etc. in corporate livery battling it out on the Oval race track. But that would take a total mind shift of all those that are involved with the sport. Cars like the Chevy SS Dodge Charger Mercedes E Class BMW 5 series belongs to a super car racing series like in Australia and Europe.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    If GM had gotten out, it would have killed NASCAR. Toyota's would be racing among themselves. When I was a kid it was a race between the Fords, GM's and Chryslers. Today the media hardly mention what the drivers are driving.

    NASCAR has made many stupid decisions over the years. One of them is the restriction of using new technologies. Carburetors should have been gone decades ago and has only recently disappeared. NASCAR use to be a test bed for new technologies, not so today. Years back many new technologies came from NASCAR to regular automobiles. Cubic inches should be the limiting factor for going too fast. NASCAR would be a lot more interesting if cars could use the latests tech. The restrictions are way too much. Like I said, cubic inches should be the big main big restriction.

    By the way, the old rule that a company has to make and sell 500 cars with some of the new tech used in NASCAR, should still apply. Otherwise that tech might never reach the street.
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    Re: Chevy almost nixed future NASCAR participation

    I wish NASCAR would run true stock cars. Off the lot 'Bus, Fusions, and Camry four cylinders.

    It'd be more relavant and entertaining than the stock car facade series they've run for a generation or two.

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