Since 2013, NASCAR has been running with only three manufacturers — Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota.
Dodge walked away from the sport in 2013, just one year after Brad Keselowski won a Cup Series championship driving one. And for the past few years there have been talks about adding a manufacturer, or manufacturers, to the sport.
NASCAR President Brent Dewar answered questions regarding the topic of adding a manufacturer to the field when he appeared on the Motor Racing Network and as reported by NBC Sports.
“The earliest one would be able to join would be 2020,” Dewar said. “We have been in conversations with a number of manufacturers.”
When asked how many manufacturers he would ideally like to having running, he said four or five.
“I think optimally four or five is the right number for what we’re looking at,” Dewar said. “We had a number of them at the track last year, joining us, seeing the events and the direction where we’re taking the sport.”
Over the past few seasons Toyota has been a dominating force in NASCAR. With the introduction of the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 this season it will be interesting to see if it is able to challenge the maker of the past two championship rides.
With the addition of another one or two manufacturers it would definitely make things interesting moving into the future.