Looking to the future in motorsports, Ford Performance announced today that it is formally engaging in a multi-tiered NASCAR driver development program.
Ford Performance is starting the program in 2017 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in partnership with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR). The two organizations have signed Chase Briscoe as one of its drivers for BKR to jump start his development.
The 22-year-old Briscoe is an Indiana native. Briscoe won the 2016 championship in the ARCA stock car racing series, recording a total of six wins. Since 2001, Briscoe has raced in multiple series, including quarter midgets, sprint cars, the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge and K&N Pro Series West.
Dave Pericak, Global Director at Ford Performance said they’re making plans and committing long-term to have wins in NASCAR’s trio of national series.
“We have been increasing our engineering support and our technological development at the team level, and now we’re looking to work with our teams to find the best available drivers coming up in the sport,” Pericak said.
The BKR partnership, as well as other to-be-announced driver development efforts at all three NASCAR touring series levels, will help to develop talent for all Ford teams in NASCAR. Current teams will be consulted as part of the selection process, but drivers in the program will have contractual obligations to Ford.
“Starting this program with BKR makes sense since it has made a significant investment in its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series operation and it is reflected in its success on the track,” said Pericak.
“As we at Ford look to develop new winning drivers for, ultimately, our Cup Series teams, the BKR model is a proven step in that ladder. We are enthusiastic about the role BKR will play in our efforts and we look forward to working very closely with the team in driver selection, engineering, and other mission critical areas.”
The driver development program from Ford Performance follows other efforts to up their NASCAR game, including signing Stewart-Haas Racing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series, as well as opening a new Ford Performance Racing center a year ago.
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