Talking forward of this weekend’s Cup Collection-opening Daytona 500, Wilson mentioned the potential new workforce homeowners “come from the enterprise world” and that they’re each “well-funded” and “credible”.
He mentioned that they’ve been attracted by NASCAR’s Subsequent Gen automotive, which is scheduled to roll out in 2022, that provides substantial financial savings for homeowners by being primarily based on widespread parts constructed by base of single suppliers moderately than being manufactured by the groups themselves.
Any new workforce coming into NASCAR’s Cup Collection must buy or lease a constitution to ensure a beginning spot in the entire races. Present groups are free to promote their charters, or lease them for one yr. Toyota not too long ago added the 23XI workforce of Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan for this yr – which bought a constitution.
“I’ll say candidly that we’re speaking to 2 potential homeowners that aren’t in racing right this moment, which can be outdoors the game fully, and due to Subsequent Gen, due to circumstance and the relationships that we’ve been constructing they’re at taking a shot – probably,” mentioned Wilson. “That’s thrilling, if you get new possession that comes from the enterprise world, that’s well-funded and it’s credible, I believe the game’s going to be rocked. Keep tuned!”
Wilson additionally talked about that he continues to have an on-going dialogue with present groups inside NASCAR’s ranks. Toyota is the least-represented producer within the Cup Collection, with its four-car powerhouse Joe Gibbs Racing squad solely supplemented by single-car entries from the brand new 23XI workforce and the small Gaunt Bros Racing outfit – with the latter failing to qualify for the five hundred for the second yr operating.
The shortage of Toyotas turns into an issue on superspeedways, when drivers are inspired to solely draft with these from a fellow producer – and might trigger points round pitstops, when its automobiles must pit collectively to get again on top of things as rapidly as attainable.
Wilson mentioned of including additional groups: “The inventory reply is I wish to assume that I’ve good relations with each workforce on the market, and I’ve been flattered fairly truthfully by the variety of approaches which have been made – y’know simply informal ones. Now we have a few on-going conversations.”
As regards to the Subsequent Gen automotive, Wilson gave an replace of progress to this point: “It’s been very process-driven by NASCAR. The our bodies we submitted for our Camrys have acquired approval, as have Ford and Chevrolet with their respective automobiles. The automobiles which have been testing are mules, successfully, with a impartial, agnostic physique strapped on to it.
“One of many subsequent steps is for us every to run our our bodies and our engines. Now we have not put a Toyota engine in a Subsequent Gen automotive to check but. In order that’s all going to occur fairly rapidly this Spring.”