The Gen-7 concept, planned for use in the 2021 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series, is aimed at dramatically reducing costs from a technical standpoint with cars that are more relevant to factories.
OEMs – Chevrolet, Ford.
A series of behind-the-door closed-door meetings have recently become involved OEMs – Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota – as well as those on the outside looking in.
"From our side we've not shied away from the fact that we'd like to see new OEMs come into our sport," said John Probst, NASCAR's VP of innovation and racing development. "Whenever we get the opportunity to evangelize what we do, we take it. We've done that on several occasions in the recent past.
OEMs, but we're clearly working with our existing OEMs to ensure their futures, because they are the best partners we have. OEMs would be welcome more.
"Time will tell. It's not a quick process. It's a big commitment for folks.
Toyota Racing Development chief David Wilson told Motorsport.com that the key to Gen-7's success is to rely on stakeholders working together, and that approach could lead
"Everybody collectively understands we have some challenges that we need to face and have to work together as an industry to advance our sport," he said , "We have three manufacturers competing in NASCAR, when we'd like to have six.
"One of the reasons we love sports racing is because IMSA has right now. We love that. We compete in the showrooms, and on the racetrack. "
Wilson replied," We are actually,
"Ultimately what's most important to us is the strength of our sport and its growth." NASCAR, whether they are team owners or track owners or TV partners, is the only way we can reach this goal line if we collaborate.
"With that will be some compromises. We do not wanna get everything we want, but we have to step back sometimes.
"When the green flag drops on Sunday, our goal is to rip each other's throats out! It's vicious competition. But Monday through Friday we can make our sport better. That's really important.
"The success of the Gen-6 car is a function of manufacturers and NASCAR collaborating.
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