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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Allison: Ford Not Ready For Truck Series Return
Director of Ford North America Motorsports Jamie Allison said Wednesday that the automaker has no immediate plans to return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Allison told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody, ”There is nothing that pains me more than to have a team owner that has run Ford for so many years come to me and say, “I’m a loyal Ford guy, can’t you do something to help?” That’s very painful to deal with, because I know it comes from the heart.
“The situation is that our effort is primarily focused on Sprint Cup, especially with 2013 coming,” said Allison. “(The new car) is going to create an increase in cost, as is the change to electronic fuel injection. The new body parts are all going to be stamped parts, so our cost is going to go up in Sprint Cup.
“I know I’m giving you a very long-winded answer, but we are not quite ready to this point to return to the Truck Series.”