CORNELIUS, N.C. — official release — Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images photo — The Race Team Alliance (RTA) began as a group of nine. Now, they have doubled their numbers, and may have increased their bargaining power with NASCAR dramatically.
The RTA announced on Wednesday the expansion of its membership to 18 full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, comprising 37 full-time entries.
The RTA, formed in July, is a not-for-profit business league comprised of race teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The purpose of the organization is to create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and to work collaboratively on initiatives to help preserve, promote, and grow the sport of stock car 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,” said Rob Kauffman, the RTA’s elected chairman.
“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.”
The RTA membership now includes:
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Go Green / FAS Lane
Joe Gibbs Racing
Michael Waltrip Racing
Phil Parsons Racing
Richard Childress Racing
Richard Petty Motorsports
Roush Fenway Racing
Tommy Baldwin Racing
The highest-profile non-RTA team is Furniture Row Racing. The single-car, Denver, Colorado-based team fields a Chevrolet for Martin Truex Jr.