NASCAR Cup: future uncertain for Tommy Baldwin Racing
No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
According to a report from NBC Sports
, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Tommy Baldwin is uncertain about the future of his race team, Tommy Baldwin Racing, which fields the No. 7 Chevrolet for Regan Smith. According to the report, Baldwin met with TBR employees Monday “so I can give them the options if they needed to go find a job.”
Baldwin, reportedly, told NBC, “I’m exploring all my opportunities right now. I’m trying to figure things out.”
Baldwin says that he’s given similar talks to his employees six of the eight years the team’s been in existence.
The car owner is adamant, though, that he won’t shut the team down. The options are either to keep it going, himself, or selling it.
“I would never shut down,” Baldwin said, but he admits that keeping the team going, himself, becomes harder and harder as costs and technology increase.
“If you don’t have the money to keep up with the Joneses, you’re going to be left behind,” Baldwin said. “If you told me eight years ago, when I first started this team, I would be pretty much in the same spot as when I started, I would have told you that you were crazy. This sport has taken off so much, here, as far as how smart we’ve all gotten. It’s not that we don’t know how to do it, it’s just that we don’t have the money to apply the proper resources to do it.”