(Bayne will shoot for a second straight Daytona 500 victory for the Wood Brothers next month)
Last season's Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will get another opportunity to bring the iconic Wood Brothers Racing Ford back to victory lane in "The Great American Race."
Bayne signed a deal to return to the No. 21 Ford in 2012 for what is expected to be a 17 race deal with sponsorship in place for about a dozen events.
“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s a big deal for me. It’s what I had hoped for. We’re all excited to be back together.”
Team co-owner Eddie Wood was relieved to have everything in place to bring Bayne back to his family-owned team.
“It’s taken a long time to get to this announcement, but it’s good to be back together,” Wood said.
“We all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race.”
For Bayne, one of the younger drivers in the Sprint Cup Series, driving for the sport’s longest running team is something he appreciates even more as time goes by.
He was made even more aware of the team’s history and heritage – and its long-standing relationship with Ford Motor Company – when he watched a video on the team’s history at the company Christmas party.
“There’s no question at all that since the beginning, the Woods and Ford were going to stick with each other,” he said. “The Woods are such a great racing family, and it’s amazing that they’re the only one of the original teams that has survived since the beginning.”
This year's trip to daytona promises to be a challenge with a new rules package in place that will get its first test during next week's Preseason Thunder session at the "World Center of Racing."
“It’s going to be very different at Daytona,” Bayne said, referring to a rule change that will block off air to the car’s radiator and thereby limit the two-car tandem racing that Bayne so quickly adapted to. “It’ll be like starting all over again, but that’s OK.
“We’ll just go try to do it again.”
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