Six-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson said Friday the newly formed Race Team Alliance will be a good thing for the sport. In his mind, NASCAR and the RTA will work collectively for cost reduction.
“The RTA is all about saving costs; it’s about driving costs down,” Johnson said during his media availability at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “I know the conversation is ‘owners against NASCAR,’ but NASCAR is trying to help bring costs down, too.”
Johnson said the first he heard of it was at the beginning of the week, just before the RTA was publicly announced. He said everyone wants the sport to succeed.
Johnson tried to dispel fears the RTA will be a bad thing for the sport. He said worry exists on any topic; additionally, he thinks having a single, unified voice (even if the RTA is avoiding the term ‘union’) will be clearer for NASCAR to understand the teams’ collective concerns rather than nine-plus different voices.
“It’s human nature for some to worry. It doesn’t matter what the topic is,” Johnson said. “I don’t see a downside in owners working closer together and sharing what’s important to them to run their business and put a car in the field each week. That’s the environment we have there today.
“It’s a case now where at Hendrick you’ll hear this, at Roush that, and Penske something altogether different. I don’t see any downside in being organized.”
With an off weekend coming after New Hampshire this weekend, the last of the season, Johnson said he was looking forward to doing “as little as possible.”
“I’m happy to see it. I want to see six or seven more of them; get down to a 25-race schedule,” he said. “I can’t wait to chill out and relax.”