NASCAR’s Inferiority From Formula 1 Could Be the Biggest Road-Block for Jeff Gordons Dream

Published 10/26/2023, 7:31 AM EDT

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The pulse of NASCAR teams beats in rhythm with the popularity of their drivers, and the proof is in the roaring applause. For instance, while the name JTG Daugherty Racing might draw blank stares from some, mention Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the champ of the 2023 Daytona 500, and you’ll get a chorus of cheers. Historically, the spotlight shone brightest on the cars, later transitioning to the drivers, but the teams? Well, they’ve often been left in the shadows, unlike in other sports.

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Jeff Gordon‘s recent take on this dynamic stirred the pot within the NASCAR inner circle. While a chorus of drivers rallied behind Gordon’s views, stalwarts like Dale Earnhardt Jr. raised an eyebrow, casting a shadow of doubt. Earnhardt Jr. further dissected the contrasts, pointing out why such a branding approach might soar in Formula 1 but face turbulence in NASCAR’s unique landscape.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. pinpoints a stark contrast between NASCAR and F1

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Jeff Gordon paints a vivid picture: In NASCAR, where drivers reign supreme, fan loyalty is as fleeting as a pit stop. Fans cheer for their favorite racers, not the teams behind them. So, when a driver waves the checkered flag goodbye or jumps ship to another crew, legions of fans drift away like smoke from burning rubber. Gordon’s clarion call? It’s high time NASCAR teams rev up their branding engines, transforming their squads into iconic brands that fans will rally behind, come rain or shine!

But here’s the kicker: Picture this, At Hendrick Motorsports, the roar of Chevys fills the air, while over at Joe Gibbs Racing, the symphony is all Toyota. Meanwhile, Stewart-Haas Racing‘s ensemble belts out Ford’s signature tune. This diverse automotive orchestra, comprising Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet, is what sets NASCAR’s stage. However, Formula 1 dances to a different beat.

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There, fans pledge allegiance not just to drivers but to powerhouse manufacturers like Mercedes or Ferrari. This manufacturer’s loyalty makes rallying fans behind an F1 team a smoother ride compared to NASCAR’s multifaceted terrain. Stating the same, Dale Junior mused,

“I don’t think Jeff’s wrong. I just don’t know how you do it. In F1 the teams are manufacturers, for the most part. And so the big affinity for some of the bigger teams is manufacturer loyalty and the location of the manufacturer. And so we don’t have that. There are multiple Chevvy teams, multiple Ford teams. It’s just not necessarily going to be easy turn and go in that direction that he wants to go. But I believe that some of the ideas that might help Jeff achieve that are already happening at Trackhouse.”

And speaking of Trackhouse, Dale Jr. couldn’t help but tip his hat to Justin Marks, marveling at how he sculpted a brand in a mere two-year whirlwind. What a feat!

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. tips his hat to a rising star in the NASCAR galaxy: Trackhouse Racing

In a bold move, Justin Marks launched Trackhouse Racing in 2020, notably leaving his own name off the marquee. Fast forward two years, and voilà! The team has carved out a niche for itself in the racing realm. Even Pitbull took note, christening his album “Trachouse.”

Beyond the tracks, the Trackhouse emblem is making waves, gracing other sports and athletes. They’re not just revving engines; they’re redefining what it means to be a race team, and perhaps, in the process, cultivating a legion of Trackhouse aficionados.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn’t help but express his admiration. He remarked, “Trackhouse to me—it’s its own thing. Done that in two years. Done that in a very blink of an eye. It has created an identity a brand that is really I would give a lot of credit for. It’s created something that usually takes decades.” So, are we on the cusp of a NASCAR renaissance? The future of racing has never looked so exciting!

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Neha Dwivedi

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Neha Dwivedi is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Using her gravitation towards the mechanical side of racing, paired with her affinity for writing, she easily brings out some of the most technical aspects of the sport in her pieces, which the readers find quite interesting. Her ability to capture the spirit of the exhilarating races and relay the enthusiasm to her audience distinguishes her as a sports journalist.
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