HMS: Double The Monetary & Engineering Power In NASCAR

Posted on: December 1, 2013 by: leftturns190


I’ve mentioned the monetary and engineering advantage HMS has over other teams. I had a discussion on another site and just looked up some fresh facts, so figured I’d share ‘em here.

HMS – Per Forbes worth $357 Million. They’re closing in on 600 employees. Over 60 engineers – the key number in this discussion.

JGR – Per Forbes worth $168 million. They have less than 450 employees and about 25 engineers +/-

Roush – Per Forbes worth about $166 Million – Work force was very similar to Gibbs but they cut back after Kenseth left – heard dramatically down to about 350, but I just heard Larry Mac or someone like him mention that in passing and I’m not sure if it’s accurate or not.

Those are the top three… gets lower and lower from there.

So, at $120K+ for each of the extra 35 engineers, that means HMS spends at least an extra $4.2 Mill just in salaries over Gibbs! You can double that at least for their support personnel, equipment and office space. That’s well over 8 million – well more than the PROFIT of any other team! And that’s before you even begin to factor in the more advanced equipment, etc. So, there’s no way the others are going to keep pace.

Now we know why NASCAR picked HMS to build, design and test the new cars since the COT. That gives them ANOTHER huge advantage being the builder and designer and getting a 100 or more tests head start than the others.

The playing field is not even close! The HMS engineering team spends MILLIONS MORE and is DOUBLE or more than their competitors! So, as I’ve been saying, HMS doesn’t need to cheat… at least with the cars. Jimmie should be ashamed at losing ANY race, let alone a Championship with more than TWICE the engineering advantage of any of his competitors.

That all said, more power too ’em. I ain’t a socialist – I want to beat them on the battle field. But don’t ask me to think that Jimmie’s the greatest driver with all THAT behind him… and Knaus making sure he gets the best of the best HMS has to offer. I’ll continue to root against Emperor Rick and The Evil Empire and hope that eventually they’ll get some real competition soon… preferably from another Chevy team.

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