Ford Takes First Steps Toward Cup Rebirth
The Ford Fusion of Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing drove all the way to Victory Lane at Daytona on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Tom Copeland)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
Ford Motor Co. executives readily admit their desire this season is to seize the manufacturer’s championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, a title they have not possessed since 2002.
Chevrolet dominated the competition for 13 years before Toyota dethroned the General Motors brand last year. Now Ford hungers to be the king of the manufacturers in stock car racing’s premier series and its plan appears headed in the right direction. Joey Logano fired the first shot during Daytona’s Speedweeks, securing a victory in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. Kurt Busch wrapped up Speedweeks with not only his first Daytona 500 victory, but also the inaugural one for Stewart-Haas Racing, an organization that Ford spent millions of dollars to woo from Chevrolet.
“We are in the best position we’ve been in, in probably a decade with the number of cars that we have, with the quality of drivers that we have and with the engineering staff that’s supporting the teams,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance’s global director. Read the full story »