Big Changes in Racing
It’s going to be a tough year for motorsports. Honda has pulled out of Formula 1 and NASCAR had cancelled all testing for the off season. It looks like multi-car teams may become a thing of the past, at least temporarily. Indy car chassis supplier Dallara has reduced prices on parts in an effort to help out IRL team next year.
Audi is backing out of racing as well, trimming their involvement to the LeMans 24 hour race only. This is the company that showed just what turbo-diesel technology could do and dominated the series – until now.
Noel informed me that Subaru has announced that it is pulling out of WRC and so has Susuki. Mitsubishi, who dominated WRC at one point, has no plans for the newest Evolutions to represent the company in WRC.
Will Toyota continue to be able to pour money into motorsports? Will IRL and NASCAR be able to find enough sponsorship money to carry on as they have in the past few years? What about GT and American LeMans series? Will Honda pull out of IRL?
What will all this do to grassroots racing?