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Every NASCAR Team’s Current Car Manufacturer

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Joshua Lipowski

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What’s Happening?

There is no more important partnership for a race team than their manufacturer. Some fans care more about what manufacturer wins the race than what driver or team wins the race. For the fans looking for an easy way to know who works with whom, we have compiled a manufacturer tracker along with some statistics surrounding these partnerships.

  • For this list, we will focus solely on the chartered NASCAR Cup Series teams. Xfinity and Truck Series teams and part-time Cup Series teams will not be included. We will also make a note for anyone who is a “Tier One” organization.
  • We will also dig into the history of some of these race teams with their manufacturers. Some of these race teams have deep and decades-long partnerships with their manufacturers.
  • Fans always watch for which manufacturers race teams are with. There are often different trends to follow between manufacturers, and some fans root for manufacturers more than drivers or teams.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet has been involved in NASCAR in some form or fashion since 1955. No manufacturer has won more races or manufacturer Championships in the history of the sport. Chevy also has a couple of fiercely loyal customers.

Hendrick Motorsports (Tier One)

Hendrick Motorsports has been loyal to Chevrolet since the inception of the team in 1984. Since then, HMS has evolved into the flagship race team for Chevrolet with more than 300 victories. HMS and Chevy seem to go together like butter and toast.

  • Years with Chevrolet: 1984-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: NONE
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: 14 (1995-1998, 2001, 2006-2010, 2013, 2016, 2020-2021)

Richard Childress Racing (Tier One)

Richard Childress Racing has also been very loyal to Chevrolet for even longer than HMS has. With the exception of 1982, RCR has entered a Chevrolet in at least one race in every season they have entered. While not quite as successful in recent years as HMS, RCR and Chevy continue to partner together.

  • Years with Chevrolet: 1969-1981; 1983-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Oldsmobile (1978-1980) and Pontiac (1981-1982)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: 6 (1986-1987, 1990-1991, 1993-1994)

Trackhouse Racing (Tier One)

While HMS and RCR are the cagey veterans, Trackhouse is the bold, ambitious youngster. They bring a modern flare to Chevrolet in NASCAR with Pitbull and Justin Marks finding new ways to break the mold of a NASCAR race team. They also win races on the track and have nearly won a Championship for Chevrolet.

  • Years with Chevrolet: 2021-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: NONE
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

Kaulig Racing

Kaulig Racing is not a tier-one team, but, they have made a name for themselves in the lower series. Their first full-time season in the Cup Series came in 2022, and the team has alliances with fellow Chevrolet teams Trackhouse and Richard Childress Racing.

  • Years with Chevrolet: 2021-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: NONE
  • Drivers/Owners Championships NONE

Spire Motorsports

Spire Motorsports has slowly built up since joining the Cup Series in 2019. Now, they have 3 full-time teams and major sponsorship from companies like Gainbridge. They are a race team to watch as time goes on.

  • Years with Chevrolet: 2019-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: NONE
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

JTG-Daugherty Racing

While JTG-Daugherty Racing hasn’t been a Championship contender with Chevrolet, they have had some bright moments. The brightest of which came in 2023, when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took home the win in the Daytona 500.

  • Years with Chevrolet: 2014-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Toyota (2009-2013)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

Ford

Ford has been in NASCAR as long as Chevrolet has. Ford sits right behind Chevy in both manufacturer’s Championships and wins throughout NASCAR history. Like Chevy, Ford has a few customers that have been there for decades.

Team Penske (Tier One)

Team Penske has flip-flopped between manufacturers for years, but, Ford has been the one they have partnered with the longest. Three of Team Penske’s four Championships came with Ford. The lone exception was their first Championship in 2012.

  • Years with Ford: 1994-2002; 2013-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: AMC (1972-1976), Mercury (1976-1977), Chevrolet (1977-1980), Pontiac (1991-1993), and Dodge (2003-2012)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: 4 (2012, 2018, 2022-2023)

RFK Racing (Tier One)

RFK Racing and Ford have been very loyal to each other. Since Jack Roush joined NASCAR in 1988, the team has not entered a race with another manufacturer. They are the Ford loyalists of the group.

  • Years with Ford: 1988-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: NONE
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: 2 (2003 and 2004)

Stewart-Haas Racing (Tier One)

Stewart-Haas Racing is newer to the Ford group, and they have had some success. However, they have not been quite able to recapture the same success they had with Chevrolet when they won 2 Championships. Still, SHR is one of Ford’s Tier One teams.

  • Years with Ford: 2017-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Chevrolet (2009-2016)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

Front Row Motorsports (Tier One)

Front Row Motorsports is the newest Tier One team in the Ford stable. Bob Jenkins has grown this team from a backmarker to a contender in a decade and a half. The future seems brighter for this team than ever.

  • Years with Ford: 2008 (1 race); 2010-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Chevrolet AND Dodge (2005-2010)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers are one of the oldest teams in NASCAR, and they have been affiliated with Ford in some way for every season of its existence. If they were not racing a Ford, they were racing a Ford-affiliated manufacturer. It’s hard to find a more loyal partnership in all of motorsports.

  • Years with Ford: 1955-1969; 1981-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Lincoln (1953) and Mercury (1970-1980)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

Rick Ware Racing

Rick Ware Racing is one of the most intriguing teams in modern NASCAR. While they have struggled to find their footing the alliance with RFK Racing and the signing of Justin Haley gives RWR some optimism for the future. Are they about to break out?

  • Years with Ford: 2022-present (Full-time); 2017-2021 (Part-time)
  • Previous Manufacturers: Chevrolet Part-time (2017-2021)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

Toyota

Toyota is the newest of NASCAR’s 3 manufacturers. Since then, they have been a force to be reckoned with including 180 wins and 3 Manufacturers’ Championships. Toyota has been a bit of a revolving door throughout its history, but it has one race team that has been there since nearly the jump.

Joe Gibbs Racing (Tier One)

Joe Gibbs Racing made a surprise shift from Chevrolet to Toyota before the 2008 season. The move was met with some questions, but, the partnership has been incredibly successful.

  • Years with Toyota: 2008-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Chevrolet (1992-1996; 2003-2007), Pontiac (1997-2002)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: 2 (2015 and 2019)

23XI Racing (Tier One)

23XI Racing is one of the newest race teams in NASCAR, as Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan formed the team in 2021. An alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing has vaulted the team into instant success. A Championship may be here in the near future.

  • Years with Toyota: 2021-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: NONE
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE

Legacy Motor Club (Tier One)

Legacy Motor Club was born out of the original Petty Enterprises, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Petty-GMS. This is their first year with Toyota, and it’s their opportunity to become a tier-one team. Could Legacy Motor Club start reliving the glory days of Petty Enterprises?

  • Years with Toyota: 2024-Present
  • Previous Manufacturers: Chevrolet (2023)
  • Drivers/Owners Championships: NONE (7 when the team was Petty Enterprises)

We will keep track of any manufacturer changes as time goes on. Could we see someone like Honda joining in the future?

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