NASCAR has been rumored to start an all-electric series for quite some time, and it seems as though the sport has a date in mind.
Kickin’ the Tires originally discovered documents that show the sport will run a demonstration race using electric vehicles before the 2023 Busch Light Clash at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, February 5. The outlet’s report has been sourced by Sports Business Journal and more.
Following the prototype race, NASCAR is rumored to launch the series in the third quarter of the season. There will be two 30-minute races on a given weekend, with one on Saturday and the other one on Sunday.
Further rules claim that the race will only feature 12 vehicles and that lap times will mimic those of a combustible engine-styled race.
With the electric series talks having gone back to last year, the sport has had a season to plan and organize all that is necessary to run it. NASCAR has been no stranger to wanting to adapt to an ever-changing automotive market, and the electric series would complement that approach.
How an all-electric series could bring even more to NASCAR in the future
With the cost efficiency and added vendor support for the Gen 7 car, rumors and speculation have picked up that NASCAR could be adding a fourth manufacturer in the near future.
Dodge, which has been rumored as the fourth manufacturer, is set to switch gas-powered models such as the Challenger and Charger to electric versions in 2024.
With the sport aiming to bring in a fourth manufacturer and run an electric series, the doors for a fourth OEM to join NASCAR could open sooner rather than later.
Additionally, this series can serve as another exhibition series in which drivers can either hone their craft or highlight a new style of racing.
The longevity and success of this series will be unknown for quite some time, but the move is not unheard of. The FIA has run Formula E since 2014, and with NASCAR taking pages from the open-wheel racing book of running street course races, they may feel obligated to implement another idea. This time, they’ll look to shock the world with an all-electric series.