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Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Performance to Team Up Starting with 2017 NASCAR Season

  • NASCAR championship team to switch to Ford cars and engines for 2017 season
  • Ford’s multiyear agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing will add four entries to strengthen the company’s lineup in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • Addition of race team enhances Ford Performance global strategy to bring product development and racing technology innovations to its vehicles and customers

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 24, 2016 – Ford Performance announced today Stewart-Haas Racing will switch to Ford as its auto manufacturer partner starting with the 2017 NASCAR season.

The multiyear agreement means that, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2017, the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing team will race the Ford Fusion with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.

“We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company. “Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we’re trying to do in the sport.”

“We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships every year.

“We believe that our NASCAR engineering experience and tools match up very well with the expertise and personnel that Stewart-Haas Racing has in house right now, and that we will both benefit from this partnership going forward.”

Stewart-Haas Racing will join a Ford NASCAR lineup for 2017 that includes Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports. Roush Yates Engines is Ford’s technical partner for NASCAR race engines. 

Stewart-Haas Racing will continue its current manufacturer relationship throughout the 2016 season.

Stewart-Haas Racing is a NASCAR championship organization that features drivers Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch. Stewart, Harvick and Busch have won Sprint Cup titles and Patrick was a winner in the Indycar Series before transitioning to NASCAR. Stewart-Haas Racing has captured 30 points-paying wins, 26 poles and two titles since its inception in 2009.

Clint Bowyer will replace Stewart in the No. 14 car in 2017, as Stewart will retire as a NASCAR driver following the 2016 season. Stewart and Haas will remain co-owners of Stewart-Haas Racing.

Tommy Baldwin Racing Atlanta Pre-Race Notes

Regan Smith
No. 7 Nikko RC/ Toy State Chevrolet
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 | February 28, 2016
Welcome back, Nikko RC and Toy State: Debuting on the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in 2015, Toy State and their brands Nikko RC and Road Rippers recommitted to their NASCAR sponsorship in early December. Nikko RC and Toy State bring back their familiar bright blue paint scheme this weekend. It’s the first of multiple paint schemes that will be featured this year, all of which will resemble the likeness of toys found on store shelves.
For more information on Nikko RC and their NASCAR sponsorship, visit the Nikko RC Racing Facebook page. To learn more about Toy State toys and where you can purchase them, visit Toy State’s website.
Race with Regan: On Saturday, Smith will be visiting the Fanatics Trackside Superstore (10:00 a.m.) with sponsors Nikko RC and Toy State to demonstrate the use of their Nikko RC cars.
Making a Difference: Saturday afternoon, Smith will visit with patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and deliver toys on behalf of Toy State.
Smith: “I’m looking forward to getting on track with the No. 7 Nikko RC/ Toy State Chevrolet this weekend at Atlanta. This will be my first time driving the new low downforce package and with the character the track already has, this is going to make for an interesting race on Sunday. I’m excited for the new challenge.”
Tune In: Want to watch Regan Smith and the No. 7 Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway? Race coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX. Coverage can also be heard on MRN affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90. The green flag is scheduled for 1:31 p.m. ET.
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BK Racing Preview: Atlanta Motor Speedway Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

On to Atlanta: As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for race No. 2 of the season, BK Racing’s No. 23 and 83 Toyota Camry’s will carry the Dr Pepper and Sewanee colors respectively.
What Our Drivers Are Saying:
No. 23 – David Ragan: “Atlanta Motor Speedway is a favorite track of mine for many reasons: it is a great race track and racing surface. I grew up racing my Legends and Bandoleros cars there, and it brings back a lot of good memories when I return. I always see a lot of familiar faces at the track, and it is just a fun race to go to for many reasons.”
No. 83 – Matt DiBenedetto: “I’m looking forward to heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, the No. 83 Sewanee Toyota looks great! Gene (Nead, crew chief) and the team have been hard at work since Daytona and we know we have a strong car for this weekend.”

Tune In: TV coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX, as well as, PRN affiliates and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio channel 90. The green flag is scheduled for 1:16 p.m. ET.
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