“There’s a Big Push” – NASCAR Chief Operating Officer on the prospects of embracing electric cars

In motorsport, technology is constantly evolving. Meanwhile, the number of electric cars has increased in contrast to the cars powered by fossil fuels. NASCAR has also begun to consider possible exploration of the electric route. With that in mind, the sport’s Chief Operating Officer Steve O’Donnell spoke about the matter.

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He said, “As you have seen, there is a big push in the area of ​​electrification, so we have to be smart in this area. We really like our portfolio at the moment, but certainly if we can introduce the electric aspect or racing within NASCAR. For us at NASCAR, we want to be the one-stop destination where you can go to a race weekend and see it all. In terms of what you like to see under the hood of a car. That’s a kind of pursuit we’re looking at for the future.”

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Will NASCAR go the electric route?

Admittedly, it’s going to be a tough decision and it’s a big step for the sport. The sport must not take this lightly, because this is the future of automotive engineering. If the stock car series is serious, then all the necessary stakeholders should be consulted before the move can be given the green light.

June 5, 2022; Madison, IL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) during the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Pütz-USA TODAY Sports

You may also have to be prepared for some drivers and teams not agreeing with the idea. Another cause for concern is the reaction of the fans and whether they will accept or reject the move. At the end of the day, fans are one of the most important drivers that keep the sport relevant. Considering the sport has only just unveiled the next-gen car this year, it will be interesting to see how long it will take before the electric switch.

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