MSR’s decision to stick with GM means its 2023 Supercars will be close to par with the Mustang and Camaros, with 11 working cars with Ford and 14 with Chevrolet. That’s compared to 9 and 16 lopsided this season.
Both Todd Hazlewood and Jacques Le Brock are committed to the team until the end of next season.
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The Queensland squad were weighing their options earlier in the year, but their decision was effectively made when Ford confirmed last week that Walkenchoe Andretti United’s joining of their ranks would increase their ability to support the plant.
Ford justified its decision to cap the subsidy as a “quantitative quality” strategy rather than “building the numbers”.
But MSR was careful to stress in its announcement that it wasn’t aligned with GM just to hang around.
“There were many factors that needed to be weighed, just like any major decision in any business,” said CEO Matt Stone. “MSR is not into Supercars just to make up for the numbers, as we’ve shown through continuous improvement and results.
“We’re here to win, and the quality of our key partnerships is key to achieving that goal.”
The statement noted that MSR is seventh in the standings, just one place behind and 266 points behind the WAU team heading to Ford.
“The hardest part of that decision was knowing we had a lot of fans who wanted to see the Stone family racing Ford.
“It was clear to us that the team at GM and Chevrolet Racing were more aligned with our goals and theirs, which is fundamental to any relationship.”
The 2023 grid has finally put itself in place, with all 11 teams committed to racing. Despite speculation that some will try to lure new manufacturers into the sport, only one change of loyalty has been made, the historic split of Walkinshaw Andretti United from General Motors to Ford.
Dick Johnson Racing is Ford’s matching team tasked with developing the Mustang.
Ford’s customer teams will include Walkinshaw Andretti United, the four Tickford Racing cars, Grove Racing and Blanchard Racing.
Triple Eight Race Engineering is the Camaro’s homologation team. Chevrolet’s customers include the newly announced Matt Stone Racing, Brad Jones Racing’s four-car squad, Erebus Motorsport, Team 18 and PremiAir Racing.