NASCAR is going to look a little different under its skin. The racing sanctioning body has announced that it will allow composite bodies at three of its races in 2017 and by 2019 the composite bodies will be mandatory equipment for all race teams. While this is another step away from “stock”, it doesn’t really matter anymore does it? Not for the looks of the race car but for the employment of a lot of people in the sport it does look different. Current NASCAR bodies are sheetmetal and as such there are guys who work for these teams forming panels and fitting them properly or however the team wants them. It would seem that these guys are in big trouble when it comes to a job future, right?
The one thing we can see this helping is the whole situation now where crews cannot repair their cars on pit row. If they have these bodies which are made up of a punch of different panels and pieces they could just as easily take a fragged panel off and load on a pre-logo equipped piece in the span of a pit stop if they wanted to.
Five Star Race Car Bodies will be providing everyone their bodies apparently and while there is consistency there it just seems like another way to bleed whatever creative personality out of the sport that it had left.