NASCAR President Steve Phelps has introduced many new things to NASCAR. H wants to continue with that in the coming period, and organize as much fun as possible for fans. “Two words. We’re going to be bold and innovative,” Phelps said, as quoted by motorsport “I think we’ve done that, whether you’re talking about scheduling innovation – think about going to the L.A.
Coliseum and running a (preseason) exhibition race. “We never would have done that, right? First time any of us heard that, they brought it to me, I’m like, ‘Can we do that?’ It was important. So we’re going to be bold.
We’re going to be innovative. “We're going to keep mashing the gas, if you will. That’s been the success of NASCAR over the last two and a half years, is doing things that are unexpected, going to places that are unexpected”.
The 2023 Cup Series could have novelties, and Phelps believes he has already delighted fans “We’re really excited what the future holds. I think more schedule innovation is in our future. What that looks like, I don’t know,” he said.
“Certainly no announcements today. “But we’re poised to be able to continue the success we’ve had for our media partners, our sponsors, and most importantly from our fans. The winners in all of this, frankly, have been the fans.
“It’s really just this terrific racing that these guys are putting on with the Next Gen car”. Next-Gen cars have indeed made a spectacle for many, but there are many who are critical of them. Yet Phelps is happy about everything.
“I would say on the car itself, it’s more stock than it’s been in 20 years. The dirty secret is the car that we raced last year wasn’t stock at all, right?” Phelps said. “It was a manufactured car by five different organizations that race in NASCAR, which is why you needed to have an affiliation.
“Trackhouse Racing needed to have an affiliation with Richard Childress Racing. They don’t need to have that affiliation (now) other than what they get from an engine perspective. But the rest of the car has all been RFP’d.
“There’s 47 different components to the car that the race teams then put together. To me, the car is just so important both from a business model standpoint as it relates to the teams, but also the relevance that the OEMs get, then the styling is just fantastic”.