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RTA expands membership by nine teams

August 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

RTA expands membership by nine teams
18 organizations now part of the Race Team Alliance

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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."

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