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FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 13: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Wrangler Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, race during the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 13: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Wrangler Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, race during the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

All-electric companion series in NASCAR’s future?

NASCAR is exploring the concept of starting an all-electric companion series in the coming years, sources say, as the racing series tries to adapt to a rapidly changing automotive market.

NASCAR declined to comment this week on the potential for an all-electric series.

But while he didn’t say NASCAR was actively exploring such a project, NASCAR President Steve Phelps’ comments in February, mixed with the recent industry chatter, suggest that this is being explored behind the scenes. “Could we have an exhibition series potentially? We could. That would be something that we might explore.”

It was unclear how soon such a series could start, though ’22 seems highly unlikely if not impossible because of the time it would take to develop new cars and test them.

Meanwhile, NASCAR also declined to comment on industry chatter that it has made significant progress recently in trying to sign at least one new manufacturer.

Sports Business Journal