NASCAR addresses Race Team alliance, drivers could be next

LOUDON, NH - JULY 11: NASCAR President Mike Helton speaks with the media in the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH - JULY 11:  NASCAR President Mike Helton speaks with the media in the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH – JULY 11: NASCAR President Mike Helton speaks with the media in the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH - JULY 11:  NASCAR President Mike Helton speaks with the media in the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH – JULY 11: NASCAR President Mike Helton speaks with the media in the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR president Mike Helton made the first public comments Friday concerning the announcement earlier in the week that several of the top teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series have formed an alliance.

Current teams who are the executive members of the RTA include Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motor Sports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.

The stated purpose of the organization is to “create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and to work collaboratively on initiatives to help preserve, promote, and grow the sport of stock car racing.” MORE>>>

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