RTA expands membership by nine teams
August 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
The recently formed Race Team Alliance announced Wednesday that it has expanded to include the majority of the full-time organizations competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The RTA's formation was announced in July, with nine full-time teams -- Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing -- as charter members. Wednesday, that list was expanded by nine more teams: BK Racing, Circle Sport, Front Row Motorsports, Germain Racing, Go Green/FAS Lane, HScott Motorsports, JTG Daugherty Racing, Phil Parsons Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing.
The RTA's roster now comprises 37 full-time entries on NASCAR's top circuit. The most notable exception among full-time programs is Furniture Row Racing.
"One of the early goals of the Race Team Alliance was to expand our membership, and after only a month in existence, we have accomplished that goal," MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman, the RTA's chairman, said in a statement released by the group.
"We now have virtually all the full-time teams participating. I think the membership as a whole is enthusiastic to get to work on some of the other items on our agenda, in particular some of the cost areas and marketing opportunities we have already identified."