This Jackson, Michigan company scores big with NASCAR


As we prepare to celebrate NASCAR’s return to Michigan International Speedway this summer, Jackson’s company Technique Inc. is preparing to celebrate seeing the new NASCAR Cup Series cars hit the track with their Michigan-built chassis in below!

New cars for the 2022 season

In May 2021 NASCAR unveiled their “Next Gen” cars, they worked with Ford, Chevy and Toyota to make them look more like cars someone might see on the track, then walk into the dealership the next day and buy something thing like that.

When we talked about it, we shared some of the businesses in Michigan that were helping to facilitate the changes (CLICK HERE for the article) and one name stood out for us locals, and that was Technique Inc. in Jackson !

According to MLive, for these cars, NASCAR wanted to save money, so they decided to hire suppliers to build the parts they would need, then have teams assemble them… think of it like the ‘Ikea ​​of ​​Motorsport.

This is where Technique Inc. comes in.

Owner and operator Ronnie Johncox is actually a former IndyCar racer, which makes it even nicer to win an offer like this. 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 the drivers in the event of a collision.”

He also told them that Technique charges $28,000 for each chassis and everything that comes with it, that’s actually about half what the teams used to pay.

According 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 chassis, teams can tweak and tweak things to make their car the best performer for them. Add to the competition in a way that Johncox describes as a “pinewood derby”.

MLive reports that John Probst, senior vice president of racing innovation at NASCAR, said this essentially puts the focus and competition on the best drivers and not just those with the most money to spend.

Relationship of technique to running

Johncox being a retired IndyCar driver, he says he’s also been to almost every track in America but never got to go to the Daytona 500.

Now, MLive reports, he and Technique employees will be there next year to see the first time their chassis hits the track!

Probst told MLive that since 2007 when Technique started building chassis parts for race teams, 80% now use parts made by the company and Johncox also said that since then riders using Technique parts have won every NASCAR Cup championship.

As a NASCAR fan myself, I don’t know what to be most excited about. The new cars themselves or the fact that I pass the factory every day on my way to and from work are an integral part of making them happen!

CLICK HERE to read more about the history of MLive like the history of Johncox and more about Technique.

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