The Garry Rogers Motorsport team has reaffirmed its commitment to Holden by announcing that it will stick with using the Commodore model for the 2013 V8 Supercars season, the first to be run under the new ‘Car of the Future’ regulations.
The team, which races under the Fujitso Racing banner, has campaigned with Commodores since it made its championship debut in 1996, despite losing its financial backing from Holden four years ago.
Next year’s COTF regulations were designed to entice other manufacturers to enter the sport – Nissan has already announced its return to the championship with Kelly Racing – and GRM was believed to be trying to lure American-based manufacturer Chrysler into the fold.
The talks have since died off, leaving team owner Garry Rogers to announce that he will continue to run the Commodore body shape next year, using engines prepared from the Walkinshaw Racing stable.
“It was close. Very close,” he said of the possible deal with Chrysler.
“Chrysler was very keen to do it, and it was healthy dialogue all the way through it, but the commercial reality was that it was not a financial possibility at this point in time,” he added, in an interview with Speed Cafe.
“We are still speaking to them and others, but the fact is, at this point, it would be very difficult for us to run anything other than Holdens next year, considering our contractual obligations to Walkinshaw Racing with our engine deal.”
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