By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Ford Performance will have another team joining its Blue Oval brand in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series as the DGR-Crosley leaves Toyota to join them effective immediately.
Additionally, the David Gilliland owned team will also run Ford engines in the ARCA Menards Series and late model programs.
Gilliland said the long awaited Wednesday’s announcement symbolizes that his team is ready to continue growing after achieving instant success since forming the team in 2017 with guys such as Tyler Ankrum, who will move to GMS Racing in 2020, bringing an East title (2018) and representing the team in the Truck Series playoffs (2019).
“I’m super excited about the partnership with Ford and how things are lining up for 2020,” Gilliland said. “I spent a lot of time racing Fords throughout my career, and it’s really special to now be able to bring them into our race shop. A lot of time and consideration was spent on this decision, and internally we know that this is the move that we needed to make in order to advance our program to the top level.
“We have a great group of hard-working, talented people at DGR-Crosley, and with Ford coming on board, our future is really bright. We’re excited for all the things ahead.”
Ford captured its first Truck Series title since Greg Biffle in 2000 when a winless Matt Crafton won his third series title.
Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports’ Global Director, commented that he’s thrilled of having DGR-Crosley and hopes their new relationship can get them in the right direction as far as driver development is concerned.
“We’re very excited to have DGR-Crosley come to Ford as part of our long-term efforts to develop drivers for NASCAR,” Rushbrook said . “We have just scratched the surface of what is possible in developing the next generation of Ford drivers with people like Chase Briscoe, and we believe a coordinated effort with a team like DGR-Crosley will help move that process forward successfully. David Gilliland was a trusted and valued Ford driver in NASCAR for many years, and we look forward to renewing that relationship with him in this new effort.”
With the multi-year deal partnership confirmed, the next step is their 2020 drivers all across the board. DGR-Crosley mentioned in its press release that their lineup will be announced in the coming days.