The Race Team Alliance was formed in July by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owners and when the initial members were announced they also said that more teams would be added to the RTA in the near future. On Wednesday nine additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams entered the RTA joining the previous members.
The nine original members were the large teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Team Penske, and Stewart-Haas Racing. Those teams consist of 25 full-time entries.
The nine teams added on Wednesday were the smaller NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time organizations. BK Racing, Circle Sport, Front Row Motorsports, Germain Racing, Go FAS Racing, HScott Motorsports, JTG Daugherty Racing, Phil Parsons Racing, and Tommy Baldwin Racing. Those teams consist of 14 full-time entries which brings the total number to 39.
"One of the early goals of the Race Team Alliance was to expand our membership, and after only a month in existence, we have accomplished that goal," MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman, the RTA's chairman, said in a statement released by the group. 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 some of the cost areas and marketing opportunities we have already identified."
The only notable full-time team missing from the RTA is Furniture Row Racing which is owned by Barney Visser.
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