Matt Stone Racing are very pleased to confirm that we will be entering the new Gen3 era of Supercars racing with the support of Chevrolet Racing. MSR conducted a thorough review of what would be best for the team in all key areas of the operation before coming to this very important decision for the team’s future success in Supercars.
“There were many factors that had to be weighed up just like any major decision in any business. MSR is not in Supercars to just make up the numbers as we have shown with our continuous improvement and results.” said MSR CEO and Managing Director, Matt Stone. The team currently sits 7th in the Teams Championship behind WAU in 6th place. “We are here to win, and the quality of our key partnerships is key to achieving that goal. “
“Being a race team, the overall performance of the car was of course at the top of our list, and we have no doubt that the Chevy Racing Camaro will be an excellent package that we can win races with. We are also impressed with the leadership and support at Triple Eight, which is something Ford doesn’t offer.”
Chris Payne, General Manager Chevrolet Racing said, “We’re excited that Matt Stone Racing is onboard with the Chevrolet Racing Camaro for Gen3. Matt and the MSR team have shown a great commitment to the GM product at all levels of the competition, and we’re enthused to be working with them as we enter this next exciting era.”
With the team also running this year’s two ZB Commodore Supercars in Super2 next year, and three VF Commodores running in Super3, MSR will be 100% General Motors at every level of Supercars racing in Australia running up to 7 cars. But what isn’t immediately obvious from the outside looking in is the scale of MSR’s overall operation outside of its Supercar programmes.
“Our factory operates three different racing divisions, Supercars, Supports and Special Projects. All three of these areas are scaling up currently and it’s critical that we have the best possible partners in every area. For us knowing what we have planned for the future, GM and Chevy Racing were the clear choice for us.” continued Stone.
“When we entered Supercars just over 4 years ago, we had around 10 employees, now we have 35. Things are building nicely, and the team is improving all the time.”
“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. We did speak with both GM and Ford about this decision for over a year and we thank them both for the time and effort that went into those discussions but in the end, 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 team looks forward to the expansion of their current relationship with GM and what the future holds for both businesses. “Chris Payne, Steve Byrne, and the team at GM Design and Racing Division in the US are doing a great job with Gen3 and have some very exciting plans for the future. We look forward to supporting the guys at GMSV and Chevrolet Racing in any way we can. GM has always been a big part of racing in Australia, and we want to see that continue and flourish into the future.”
MSR have three of the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro’s on order and look forward to getting more involved in the Gen3 testing programme throughout the rest of 2022.