Ford Racing statement on Martin's announcement

Ford Racing Reacts to Mark Martin Departure October 6, 2006 - It was announced this morning that Mark Martin will be leaving Roush Racing at the end of the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season to join MB2 Motorsports. Below is a statement from Dan...

Ford Racing Reacts to Mark Martin Departure

October 6, 2006 - It was announced this morning that Mark Martin will be leaving Roush Racing at the end of the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season to join MB2 Motorsports. Below is a statement from Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology.

DAN DAVIS, Director, Ford Racing Technology -"I've had a strong relationship with Mark ever since joining Ford Racing and I speak for everyone at Ford when I say that Mark has earned the right to do whatever he wants as far as his racing career is concerned. He's been the ultimate competitor on the track and a great representative for Ford over the past two decades. That being said, I'm disappointed that Mark may not end his NASCAR career with Ford. We were under the strong impression that Mark wanted to run a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program in 2007 and were negotiating with Roush Racing to provide manufacturer support. We completed that process last week and felt like all systems were go for Mark to compete for the championship in that division next season.

"I know people are going to ask about Ford losing another marquee driver to a competitor, and all I can say is that every situation is different. We feel we support our teams as well as any other manufacturer and that our business model has worked as far as winning championships and being competitive. We don't like it when drivers leave, especially when they're the quality of Mark, but the climate of NASCAR is changing and we've, unfortunately, felt the brunt of it this season."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mark Martin