NASCAR's Brian France on Race Team Alliance: 'We didn't think it was necessary'
For the first time since the sport's top nine teams organized, NASCAR president Brian France provided his thoughts on the Race Team Alliance.
For the first time since its formation, NASCAR's Chairman and CEO Brian France offered his thoughts and concerns about the new Race Team Alliance on Monday afternoon.
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By Tom Jensen
Brian France is no fan of the newly formed nine-member Race Team Alliance.
The NASCAR Chairman and CEO made that much clear Monday afternoon in a radio interview on SIRIUS/XM, where he said listening to the united front presented by the RTA and the top teams in NASCAR would be a huge mistake.
"The one thing that is essential to NASCAR is, when you hear one voice, that would probably be the worst thing that we could ever do, is listen to one voice, even if it was a consensus voice," said France. "Every decision we've ever made that's important, the more input, the more people we heard from, the better the results. That will never change in the business model of NASCAR because good ideas come from all over the place."
France later added, "We need all the input we can get. That's the whole beauty of the NASCAR business model. Everybody's in it together. "
The RTA was announced two weeks ago, with Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman appointed by his fellow team owners as the leader and spokesperson. Appearing on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub," Kauffman said the organization should be viewed as a positive by race fans.
"To the extent the teams are more secure in their long-term future and have better business models, I think it just makes the sport stronger, where you can really afford to invest for the long-term, and not just survive year-to-year," Kauffman said on the show.
The RTA has not served up a specific agenda of what it hopes to accomplish or how, other than cost-cutting and building long-term value for the teams. For his part, Kauffman said the RTA is not looking for a bigger cut of the new $8 billion television rights deal that kicks in next year.
France said the RTA hasn't given any more details to NASCAR than they have to the public. And he said he sees no need for the new organization.
"We didn't think it was necessary," France said of the formation of the RTA. "We think the benefits they will arrive at with this association will be much smaller than they do."