Toyota made waves when it entered NASCAR in 2007, marking the first time a foreign automaker entered the stock car racing series. It won’t, however, be the last — we hear Volkswagen’s interested in dipping its giant corporate toes into the waters.
The news of Volkswagen’s possible venture into NASCAR comes from none other than newly appointed Porsche CEO Matthias Müller. Müller told Motor Trend at the Paris Motor Show that Volkswagen, now in charge of Porsche, is “seriously considering” a NASCAR entry. Official discussion between VW and NASCAR officials will likely begin once the current season ends in November.
A Volkswagen NASCAR entry makes more sense than you’d initially think. The German auto giant has a new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it will build its New Midsize Sedan, which would be the likely NASCAR cup car candidate. The sedan was reportedly designed specifically with Americans’ tastes in mind, and fielding a NASCAR entry based on the car would be a good way to drum up publicity for the new sedan.
Motor Trend says VW is considering is working with Roger Penske’s NASCAR team, which is currently linked to Dodge. Penske has a history of success in the series (and virtually every race series): Penske driver Kurt Busch currently sits in fourth place in the standings, and as such, has secured a place in the Chase for the Cup.
We’re interested in seeing NASCAR further expand its horizons, but we wonder how fans will react to yet another non-domestic company entering a sport long associated with American motorsports. What say you — would you like to see VW join the NASCAR circus?
Source: Motor Trend