NASCAR is set to introduce the Next Gen model of cars from the 2022 season, an improved racing model to the current one. With that, NASCAR also plans to bring new manufacturers to the fold and add to the competition there. If recent events are any indication of what may come, we could very well see a major car manufacturer enter NASCAR.
BMW has a rich history in racing and has fielded cars in Formula One and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) as well. But they are yet to make their foray into stock car racing. If a recent tweet by BMW USA is an indication, then they might just make their stock car entry sooner than expected.
“Describe NASCAR racing in three words or less,” a Twitter user asked recently. To this, BMW replied with the following tweet.
This comes amid the Next Gen NASCAR model being in focus a lot recently. Rookie Cole Custer ran the fifth test for the Next Gen model a couple of weeks ago. The model was supposed to debut next season, but unforeseen circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic pushed it to 2022.
The entry of BMW to the scheme of things will only make things more interesting. Along with its long history in endurance racing, BMW also fields a car in the IMSA, NASCAR’s sister body. NASCAR is looking for new Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to join the league and accompanies already prevailing giants in Ford, Toyota, and Chevrolet.
Add BMW to that list. It certainly adds to the excitement.
NASCAR has been vocal about its intentions for the sports as a whole, with the introduction of the new model. They aim to improve the quality and efficiency of cars competing in the sport. Along with this, the focus is also on improving engine technology. BMW’s entry would be a big plus in those areas as well.
A new manufacturer means more money pumped into the race teams and means more money for the sport as well. BMW would also become the first European car manufacturer to actively support teams in NASCAR.