Using a Request For Proposal-type process, NASCAR is soliciting bids on suppliers for the various stock elements that the new [Next Gen] car will have, principally the chassis (in a structure that will resemble how Dallara supplies IndyCar teams with a standard chassis).
Multiple people familiar with the Next Gen process but who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly told NBCSports.com that there are at least three companies being considered seriously to build the chassis.
That list includes Joe Gibbs Racing, which is one of multiple Cup teams that inquired about bidding on the chassis.
It isn’t unusual for a Cup team to build chassis for others (such as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and JGR) have counted rivals as clients. But it would be new to have a single team that builds chassis for the entire field.
Phelps mostly demurred when asked by NBCSports.com how NASCAR would handle that arrangement.
"With respect to those that are in the RFPs to build the car, I don’t want to get into specifics about where that is," Phelps said. "There would obviously need to be a separation between that race team and whatever part or the vehicle itself that’s being put together.
Phelps said NASCAR has another test of the new car in a few weeks, and Toyota had a Next Gen body in a wind tunnel last week for the second time.
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