Brad Keselowski was asked during last week's NASCAR Sprint Media Tour whether he felt Penske Racing's two-car team was at any disadvantage to the larger three- and four-car teams.
Here's Keselowski's response, which we found pretty interesting:
There are no four-car teams in NASCAR. There aren't. There are a lot of two-car teams, a couple one-car teams and some pairings of two-car teams. But there are no four-car teams.
Just look at Hendrick. You go there, and there are two separate shops (one for the Nos. 5/24 and one for the Nos. 48/88). Now, they might have the car produced by the same shop off-site, but there are no four-car teams. It's not a successful model; it doesn't work.
Each team takes roughly 100 people to run it. You cannot get 400 people to work together. It doesn't happen. It's 400 cats running in all different directions.
It's a struggle in itself to get two teams to work together. And I feel zero competitive disadvantage to a four-car team. Zero. That doesn't make me nervous.
In reality, Hendrick Motorsports is now the only four-car team in NASCAR (since Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing both cut one team in the offseason).
But that doesn't change the gist of Keselowski's argument: That big multi-car teams aren't necessarily better than small multi-car teams.
Is that true? Keselowski obviously feels that way, but others might argue the biggest teams have access to more information (such as Hendrick's alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing) and therefore do have advantage.
Still, Keselowski does raise an interesting point, and it's one that might change the way you think about multi-car teams.