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Ford Out As Hamlin’s Crew Chief

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, December 6 2011

Denny Hamlin and crew chief Mike Ford have split up. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mike Ford has been released from his duties as crew chief for its No. 11 Sprint Cup Series team.

“Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates what Mike has done for our organization over the past six seasons as crew chief with our No. 11 team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We’ve decided it was best to make a change with the team now to allow Mike the opportunity to pursue other opportunities.”

There will be no immediate announcement regarding a replacement crew chief for the No. 11 team, the team said.

The No. 11 car is driven by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin and Ford had been together since Hamlin’s rookie year of 2006. Hamlin won the Rookie of the Year Award that year.

Hamlin and Ford’s best year was 2010 when they finished second in points to Jimmie Johnson and won a series-best eight races.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Tuesday, December 6 2011
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