The recently formed Race Team Alliance has doubled its its membership to 18 full-time Sprint Cup teams, RTA chairman Rob Kauffman said Wednesday.
The RTA was formed in July as a coalition of owners to help improve efficiency and cut costs in NASCAR.
“One of the early goals of the (RTA) was to expand our membership and after only a month of existence, we’ve accomplished that goal,” said Kauffman. “We now have virtually all the full-time teams participating. I think the membership as a whole is enthusiastic to get to work on some of the other items on our agenda, in particular cost areas and marketing opportunities.”
The extra weight likely came from “bean bag” ballasts used to simulate driver weight that were left in Harvick’s car after pre-race inspection. Harvick said over the team’s radio that the bean bags rolled out from under his seat early in the race, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop. Harvick finished seventh.
Also, NASCAR issued a warning to Josh Wise’s No. 98 team for a rules infraction involving fuel-filler cans at Watkins Glen. The rule states that when adding or removing fuel to or from a car, it must be outside the garage.
“Everyone at Furniture Row Racing extends their thoughts and prayers to Sherry during her treatment and recover period,” Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone said in a statement. “She is a devoted supporter of our race team and we can’t wait for her return to the track.”