#4 Driver Reactions
Is NASCAR for sale?
While an inside source familiar with the matter claimed that NASCAR teamed up with Goldman Sachs to shop around for a bu yer, its still not known whether it is a sign that the sport will be sold or not. NASCAR even sent a memo to employees to ensure them that they would not respond to, ” Industry rumors,” and that there was nothing to worry about.
With that being said and NASCAR’s downward turn over the last couple of years, one has to wonder if The France are actually considering selling the sport that had literally been in their family for generations. Furthermore, one has to wonder what the result of the sell would be and what changes the new owner made.
Interestingly enough, NASCAR Cup Series driver sounded off about the rumors that have been circulating around all week and they were quite surprisingly to say the least. In fact the drivers that were talked to about the subject, seemed absolutely fine about the sport changing hands to someone outside of The France family.
Below are some of the best responses!
Josh White: Camping World Truck Series Driver
Retired Marine Veteran and part time Camping World Truck Series driver offered a very interesting perspective of his own about the potential sale. Its interesting to note that White has sometimes struggled to secure sponsorship or a ride, which gives him a dog in the fight when it comes to the potential sale and changes to the sport of NASCAR.
dont know man. It’s hard to say. It could go either way but change is a good thing. Anything but France at this point is a good change. Hopefully if it sells, the new owners can return it to its former glory. It’s too expensive and too out of grasp for anyone with some real roots to do anything with. It’s a sport for rich boys only right now and nobody in the nascar admin plans to change it
Aric Almirola: Cup Series driver
Believe it or not, some drivers are just happy that they have a place to race. That seemed to be the overall mindset when he talked to reporters about the potential sale of the sport. In fact, he didn’t mean to mind the sale at all, telling reporters that he was,” Just excited to race and that it was what he loved.
In all honesty, its hard to see a relatively younger aged star not be invested in the future of the sport at all. Of course Almirola is free to do what he wants to, but one would hope that he would be more involved in the future of the sport and not be so passive about the potential of it being sold to someone else.
“As long as there is a place for me to show up and race, I’ve got my helmet and I’m ready to go race,”“I just love to race cars and that’s kind of my take on it all. I’ve raced for a lot of different sanctioning bodies throughout my career, whether it was the World Karting Association, or the Florida Automobile Stock Car Racing Association or whatever the next series was or the NASCAR Late Model Series, and I just show up every single weekend excited to go race and that’s what I love.”
Martin Truex Jr: Cup Series driver
Another person who seems particularly passive about the sale is reigning Cup Series champion, Martin Truex Jr, who talked about it being an opportunity to try something that would benefit drivers, teams and fans. In fact, it seemed to be a hint that he was advocating for going back to the old points system, which would be hugely popular among long time fans.
“There are a lot of things that are done because they’ve always been done that way that maybe we can look at and talk about away from the track,” Truex said. “There’s definitely some opportunity for things to change to help the sport, help the teams, help the drivers ….
Kevin Harvick: Cup Series driver
While it does feel uncomfortable to hear a longtime driver see opportunity for growth through the selling of NASCAR, Kevin Harvick seemed to have the best case for doing so. Not only did the former Cup Series champion and Daytona 500 seems excited about the potential sale, he also talked about it from a business standpoint as well. ]
“Is it somebody that comes in and says, ‘OK, we’re going to structure it like an actual league where everybody’s kind of sharing in the TV revenue more evenly?'” Harvick asked. “So that they’re not so dependent on sponsors? So that these team owners can have real franchises that are worth value that other people want to come in to buy? I think there’s some real opportunities you could talk about.”
In the end, Harvick’s words are still hard to hear, but the are also potent and business centered. He seems concerned with the meat and potatoes of the matter and wants the potential sale to be lucrative for everyone. With that being said its nice to see such dedication to the sports future and its bottom line!