Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Roush Says "No Team Orders" At Talladega
Bayne, meanwhile, said he felt “strong armed” by Roush and Ford Motor Company, saying he would rather sit out of next year’s superspeedway races than be subjected to such a situation again.
Roush issued a statement Tuesday saying, "At Roush Fenway Racing, we expect our individual drivers to make decisions that put themselves in the best position to win each and every race. That is a philosophy that we have lived by for over two decades, and one that we will continue to abide by going forward. Of course, as in any team, we would prefer for our drivers to work together when possible. However, to be clear, we did not micromanage or dictate to any of our drivers, nor any other Ford drivers, how to race… at Talladega last Sunday.”
Ford’s Director of North America Motorsports, Jamie Allison, told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin’ Paint" Monday that the automaker also has no team orders, "per se.”
Allison said, “We discuss many strategies… (but) we don't mandate. We don't issue orders.” Allison said he personally spoke to each Ford team at the start of the Chase, saying, “If an opportunity presents itself where you can help a Ford teammate, please be aware and try to help out.” He called his request, “an outreach, a consideration… no orders,” saying, “We are just reaching out and helping fellow teammates.''