MSR commits to GM after Ford snub
The squad became as soon as known to be switching from Holden/GM to Ford as share of the transition to the Gen3 solutions, a trip that will perchance get hold of seen Ford and the Stone family reunited.
Matt’s father Jim Stone became as soon as a co-owner of the Stone Brothers Racing squad that enjoyed success with the Blue Oval from the unhurried 1990s till the early 2010s.
Alternatively the door became as soon as formally closed on the reunion final week when, as share of the Walkinshaw Andretti United announcement, Ford emphatically confirmed that this can handiest enhance five groups next season – WAU, Dick Johnson Racing, Grove Racing, Tickford Racing and the Blanchard Racing Team.
Ford furthermore confirmed to Motorsport.com that there could well not be scope for additional groups to dash Mustangs without factory enhance.
MSR has responded to the Ford news by pledging its allegiance to GM and confirming this can get hold of enhance from Chevrolet Racing, GM’s original Aussie racing arm.
What that enhance specifically entails will not be outlined.
In accordance with crew owner Matt Stone it became as soon as his crew’s luxuriate in technique to persist with GM hardware and not dash Mustangs in 2023.
“There had been many components that needed to be weighed up upright esteem every important option in any industry,” said Stone.
“MSR will not be in Supercars to upright gain up the numbers as we now get hold of got shown with our continuous enhance and outcomes. We’re here to safe, and the standard of our key partnerships is key to reaching that goal.
“Being a dash crew, the overall efficiency of the automotive became as soon as pointless to order at the high of our list, and we have not got any doubt that the Chevrolet Racing Camaro might perchance be an very good kit that we are succesful of safe races with.
“We’re furthermore impressed with the leadership and enhance at [GM homologation team] Triple Eight, which is something Ford doesn’t provide.
“The most sophisticated share of this option became as soon as shining that we now get hold of got a spread of followers that wished to gaze the Stone family support racing with Ford.
“We did discuss with each and each GM and Ford about this option for over a twelve months and we thank them each and each for the time and energy that went into these discussions nonetheless within the cease, it became as soon as certain to us that the crew at GM and Chevrolet Racing had been more aligned with our desires and us with their desires, which is key to any relationship.”
Chevrolet Racing fashioned manager Chris Payne welcomed the news that MSR will quit within the GM family.
“We’re excited that Matt Stone Racing is onboard with the Chevrolet Racing Camaro for Gen3,” he said.
“Matt and the MSR crew get hold of shown a huge commitment to the GM product in any admire ranges of the competition, and we’re enthused to be working with them as we enter this next keen generation.”
The announcement furthermore confirms that MSR has ordered three Gen3-spec Camaros, two of which is ready to be raced by drivers Todd Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq next season.
The crew has publicly acknowledged its diagram to magnify to more autos within the previous and became as soon as modified into down by Supercars for a third entry for this season.