As we prepare to celebrate NASCAR’s return to Michigan International Speedway this summer, Jackson, Technique Inc. is preparing to celebrate the fact that the new NASCAR Cup Series cars hit the track with their Michigan-made chassis. below!
New cars in the 2022 season
In May 2021, NASCAR unveiled its “Next Gen” cars that they have worked with with Ford, Chevy and Toyota to make them more like cars that someone could see on the track, then walk into the dealership the next day and buy. something like that.
When we talked about it at that point, we shared some of the Michigan companies that were helping to facilitate the changes (CLICK HERE for the article) and a name came to us, the locals, and that was Technique Inc. in Jackson!
According to to MLive, for these cars, NASCAR wanted to save money, so they decided to bring in suppliers to build the parts they would need and then have them put together by the teams … think of it like the Ikea of motor sports.
This is where Technique Inc.
Owner and operator, Ronnie Johncox is actually a former IndyCar driver, which makes winning an offer like this even more enjoyable. It also means that there is someone “behind the wheel” of this mission who knows a little more than the average builder.
Johncox explained to MLive, “The chassis is the frame or ‘skeleton’ of the car, which includes a steel roll cage with various bars to protect drivers in the event of a collision.”
He also told them While Technique charges $ 28,000 for each chassis and everything that comes with it, it’s actually about half as much as the teams used to pay.
According to to MLive, “Each team can buy seven chassis per driver for the season.”
From there, with everyone starting with the same setup when it comes to the chassis, teams can tweak and tweak things to make their car work the best for them. Add to the competition in a way that Johncox describes like a “pine forest derby”.
MLive Reports that John Probst, senior vice president of racing innovation at NASCAR, said he essentially focuses and competes on the best drivers, not just those with the most money to spend.
Relation of technique to running
Johncox being a retired IndyCar driver, he says he’s been on almost every track in America as well, but never got to go to the Daytona 500.
Now, MLive Reports, he and the employees of Technique will be present next year to see the first time that their chassis hits the track!
Probst told MLive that since 2007 when Technique started making chassis parts for racing teams, 80% now use company-made parts and Johncox also said that since then riders using Technique parts have won all championships of the NASCAR Cup.
As a NASCAR fan myself, I’m not sure what to be most excited about. The new cars themselves or the fact that I walk past the factory every day on my way to and from work are integral to their making!
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