quote:Originally posted by Jessie J.
So, has anyone yet figured out, or found clear evidence that the [u]Studebaker Corporation</u>
did in fact... "(in the 50's) have a performance division, [u]did they have an official sponsored car</u>,.......on [u]Studebaker backed</u> NASCAR teams?"
Or were these all private efforts, with nothing "official" above a dealership level of sponsorship?
I believe in 1957, the Automobile Manufacturers Association agreed to back out of sponsoring racing, so there were NO factory backed racing efforts for a few years after that; although individuals and dealers could prep a car for racing. Studebaker was more interested in Economy Runs (i.e. how SLOW they could go in overdrive), and Packard was too 'stately' to participate in such a thing, even though they had a couple of very competant engines that would probably have done well on the track.