Matt Stone Racing has become the last team to confirm its commitment to the Gen3 era by inking a deal with General Motors for a pair of Chevrolet Camaros.
MSR’s decision to stick with GM means the 2023 Supercars grid will be close to parity between Mustangs and Camaros, with 11 cars running with Ford and 14 with Chevrolet. That’s compared to the more lopsided nine and 16 this season.
Todd Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq are both committed to the team until the end of next season.
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The Queensland squad had been considering its options earlier in the year, but its decision was effectively made for it when Ford confirmed last week that the induction of Walkinshaw Andretti United into its ranks would max out its capacity for factory support.
Ford justified its decision to cap support as a strategy for “quality of quantity” and not “making up the numbers”.
But MSR was keen to emphasizee in its announcement that it wasn’t holding fast with GM just to hang around.
“There were many factors that had to be weighed up, just like any major decision in any business,” CEO Matt Stone said. “MSR is not in Supercars to just make up the numbers, as we have shown with our continuous improvement and results.
“We are here to win, and the quality of our key partnerships is key to achieving that goal.”
The statement noted MSR is seventh in the standings, just one place and 266 points behind the Ford-bound WAU team.
“The most difficult part of this decision was knowing that we have a lot of fans that wanted to see the Stone family back racing with Ford.
“It was clear to us that the team at GM and Chevrolet Racing were more aligned with our goals and us with their goals, which is key to any relationship.”
The 2023 grid has finally shuffled itself into place, with all 11 teams committing to race on. Despite speculation that some would try to lure new manufacturers into the sport, only one change of allegiance has been made, that being Walkinshaw Andretti United’s historic split from General Motors to Ford.
Dick Johnson Racing is the homologation team for Ford charged with developing the Mustang.
Ford customer teams will include Walkinshaw Andretti United, Tickford Racing’s four cars, Grove Racing and Blanchard Racing team’s single entry.
Triple Eight Race Engineering is the homologation team for the Camaro. Chevrolet customers include the newly announced Matt Stone Racing, the four-car Brad Jones Racing squad, Erebus Motorsport, Team 18 and PremiAir Racing.