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TRG switching to Ford

Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 9:45 pm
Posted by Pete Pistone

From Team News Release

Team owner Kevin Buckler confirmed today that starting at Texas Motor Speedway his TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup Team will run Ford Fusions supplied by Roush Fenway Racing with engines provided by Roush/Yates Engines.

"We are excited to be partnering with Roush Fenway and getting some new equipment in the TRG Motorsports stable," said Kevin Buckler, team owner. "It has been a long few years in figuring out our best options to succeed in NASCAR and we have a golden opportunity to really improve our performance with some shiny new equipment and some technical support. The Fords are on a roll right now and Roush Fenway does it right. A partnership with them and with Roush/Yates Engines will be an outstanding package for our team. We are confident that fielding Ford Fusions will add to the success of our organization and the competitiveness of our performance on the race track."

"I know Kevin has been a fierce competitor as a driver and team owner in all different motorsports series," said Roush Fenway owner, Jack Roush. "We’re happy to have him as a new member of the Ford camp and are looking forward to helping put another Ford team in a position to hit their marks.”

Jamie Allison, Director, Ford Racing, also welcomed TRG Motorsports to the Ford fold. “TRG has a fantastic pedigree and a great history in sports car racing," said Allison. "We're pleased TRG has decided to make this switch to Ford. It says a lot about the quality of our Fusions and the performance of the FR9 engine, and wish them all the success in NASCAR top series.”

“I am proud to have a dedicated team like TRG motorsports on board for our FR9 engine program in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The FR9 engine has been able to give Ford drivers improved power and performance on the track and I am honored that Kevin Buckler has chosen to partner with us. I can’t thank the engineers at Roush Yates and Ford Racing enough for allowing us to build this engine and I’m excited for the remainder of the 2011 season."

TRG Motorsport's move to Ford follows a three-year campaign in which the team fielded Chevrolets.

"Chevrolet, RCR and ECR have been great partners for our team and on behalf of TRG Motorsports, I'd like to thank everyone at GM Racing for their dedication and support," Buckler said.

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Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:00 am

TRG switching to Ford

I believe Fords will out number Chevys for the first time since the days (Bill Elliot era) when the stooges at NASCAR were balck-mailed by GM to "do something" about the Ford's dominance or they would quit. NASCAR's response was to make Fords runner smaller restrictor plates and Chevy noses. Fast forward to today, with the FR9 engine proving its reliability and HP, as NASCAR moves away form the sh!t tracks and gets back to the mile and halfs expect Rousch/Yates to give Chevy a run-for-their-money until NASCAR steps in. This is what is killing NASCAR. NOT EVERYBODY loves Rick Hendrick, Jr, Jimmie, and Jeff. I would dare say, while individually they are the most popular drivers, a whole a lot of the empty seats you now see are not fans of the aforementioned. Sprint Cup was in its hey-day in the early to mid 2000s because  competition was the goal, not NASCAR propping-up GM.   

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 10:11 pm

TRG switching to Ford

Fix Or Repair Daily

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:14 pm

TRG switching to Ford

F irst   O n    R ace   D ay

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 2:11 pm

TRG switching to Ford

The Fords are on a roll right now
Which can only mean NASCAR is working feverishly to come up with an excuse to give GM teams more spoiler/lower front end/etc or slap FOMOCO with some kind of restriction.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 1:45 pm

TRG switching to Ford

Ahhhh, errr Toyota Racing Germany??
I give up.
Bad enough we get stuck w/Neckcar only here, but halfa$$ed reporting too?

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:54 pm

TRG switching to Ford

Andy Lally is TRG's driver.  They are really big in trans am racing.  He drove a porche 911 last year.  He is a very talented road racer.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:20 am

TRG switching to Ford

Right now the TRG drivers are Andy Lally at Fontana in a chevy and Hermie Sadler at Martinsville in a chevy and who ever in a ford at Texas

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:17 am

TRG switching to Ford

Let me go to jayski and see what the hay this is

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:15 am

TRG switching to Ford

I breath Nascar and still don't know who Butler is or TRG I miss sum pin somewhere???

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:25 am

TRG switching to Ford

I agree

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