NSCS: History in the Making; NASCAR Unveils New Sprint Cup Charter System for 2016 Season

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official series release — Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

During a historic event held Tuesday afternoon at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France joined with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owners to announce a landmark long-term agreement that provides teams with increased business certainty and the ability to work more closely with NASCAR to produce best-in-class racing.

In effect as the 2016 season prepares to kick off this weekend, NASCAR’s new Charter system addresses three key areas – participation, governance and economics – to promote a more predictable, sustainable and valuable team business model. The agreement grants NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charters to 36 teams, establishes a Team Owner Council that will have formal input into decisions, and provides Charter teams with new revenue opportunities including a greater interest in digital operations.

“Today represents a landmark change to the business model of team ownership in NASCAR,” France said. “The Charter agreements provide nine years of stability for NASCAR and the teams to focus on growth initiatives together with our track partners, auto manufacturers, drivers and sponsors. The Charters also are transferable, which will aid in the development of long-term enterprise value for Charter members.”

The system affords Charter teams that remain in good standing more predictable revenue over the nine years of the agreement. Along with improved financial certainty, the new framework is designed to increase the long-term market value of teams and provide the ability to plan farther ahead with existing, new and prospective partners.

Similar to the five-year sanctioning agreements that NASCAR begins with tracks in 2016, team owner Charter agreements allow for longer planning cycles around competition, innovation, digital marketing, governance and research and development.

“The new Charter program strengthens each of our businesses individually and the team model as a whole, which is good for NASCAR, our fans, drivers, sponsors and the thousands of people who we employ,” said Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. “This will give us more stability and predictability, and it will allow us to take a more progressive, long-term approach to issues.

“NASCAR and the teams share a desire to preserve, promote and grow the sport and ultimately produce great racing for our fans and partners. These common goals served as the foundation for discussions and helped bring us to this unprecedented agreement. This is a great step forward for the entire sport made possible by Brian France setting a new course for the NASCAR industry and the owners coming together on shared issues. Everyone involved then compromised a bit to be able to come up with something that worked for all.”

Each Charter team owner has a guaranteed entry into the field of every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race. To maintain the historical openness of NASCAR racing, the balance of the field will be open for team owners who do not hold Charters. These Open team owners will compete for the remaining starting spots and positions in the race, as each event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ starting lineup shifts in 2016 to a 40-car field.

“The new team owner agreements will offer a more appealing environment for both current and prospective team owners at the NASCAR premier series level,” France said. “I’ve always stressed that if we can do things to improve the business of our stakeholders, we will pursue it. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished today with this agreement.”

 

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charter Teams

(organized by historical inception, then car number)

2015 Car No. 2016 Car No. Organization
43 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
9 44 Richard Petty Motorsports
3 3 Richard Childress Racing
27 27 Richard Childress Racing
31 31 Richard Childress Racing
2 2 Team Penske
22 22 Team Penske
5 5 Hendrick Motorsports
24 24 Hendrick Motorsports
48 48 Hendrick Motorsports
88 88 Hendrick Motorsports
6 6 Roush Fenway Racing
16 16 Roush Fenway Racing
17 17 Roush Fenway Racing
1 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
42 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
11 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
18 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
20 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
15 TBD Michael Waltrip Racing
55 TBD Michael Waltrip Racing
4 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
10 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
14 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
78 78 Furniture Row Racing
35 34 Front Row Motorsports
38 38 Front Row Motorsports
47 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
7 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing
13 13 Germain Racing
32 32 Go Fas Racing
23 23 BK Racing
83 83 BK Racing
62 62 Premium Motorsports
33 95 Circle Sport Racing
51 15 HScott Motorsports

CREDIT: NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

Comments 3

  1. That just gives the multi teams in the race but only leaves 4 spots open for the little guys. that is not right. Everyone should have the opportunity to race. If they can’t make the race on their times then they should not be in it. It makes more money for the ones that don’t need it and doesn’t help the struggling teams.

  2. IT IS RIGGED FOR THE TEAMS WITH THE MOST MONEY JUST LIKE THE QUALIFING. IN THIS ORDER #1 PENSKE #2 GANASSI
    #3 RICHARD CHILDERS #4 JOE GIBBS #5 ROUSH FINWAY. I KNOW IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN BUT IT WOULD BE VERY FUNNY IF THE CROWDS KEEPING GOING DOWN AND THEY DO NOT SELL ENOUGH SEATS TO PAY THE PRIZE MONEY. THIS IS ONE PERSON WHO WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER NASCAR RACE. I CAN GO BACK TO GOLF AND BASEBALL ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. IT ALL STARTED BACK WHEN THEY CHANGED THE QUALIFING SET UP IN INDY CAR SERIES BECAUSE THERE WERE HIGH PRICED TEAMS WHO WERE AFRAID THEY WOULD NOT MAKE THE RACE. THOSE TEAMS ARE IN NASCAR AS WELL. NOBODY CARES ABOUT RACING ANYMORE IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY MONEY MONEY

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