Day three was Ford Wednesday and started with one of most prolific Ford teams, Roush Fenway Racing.
They will have seven drivers in three series and for a change, there will be no raw rookies. They admitted they were behind on their consistency last year, but senior driver, Greg Biffle, says 2015 will be a “Turning point for Roush Fenway.” It’s Jack’s 28th year in NASCAR, but somehow, the Bif insists Jack’s “been racing Ford products since 1901.”
The King, Richard Petty, was the next Ford team and explained how they moved back into their old shop, are doing more in-house and one crew chief told us they will eventually build their own cars, too. The line up this year will include two Sprint Cup and one Xfinity team; all full time. Their win last July at the Coke Zero 400 was 40 years after Richard’s historic 200th Cup win. Sam Hornish joins the team and will pilot the number nine car.
And speaking of long time NASCAR teams, the famous Wood Brothers set a Gluiness Record by racing into their 65th year. They added six more races to their part time sked for a total of 18 this year. Along with them was the Leavine Family race team. This unique team is faith based and even brings faith based corporate partners, Thrivent and K-Love, into the sport. They are steadily building cred with consistency and leading the way.
Roger Penske’s Team Penske was the best performing Ford team last year and used their incredible consistency to get there. From a business aspect, the have an amazing 90% resign rate with their corporate partners and give an equally amazing 300 million dollars of exposure to those partners. Their alliance with the Wood Brothers works in two directions, helping both teams. With Team Penske mostly intact for the past few years, the consistency word will give them great results.
The evening portion wrapped up with meeting the new series partner, XFINITY, and kicking off their 10 year contract with NASCAR.