Ford statement on Ultra Motorsports closing

The following statement from Ford Racing is in regard to the closing of Ultra Motorsports, which the team announced on Friday, Jan. 6. Statement attributable to Greg Specht, Performance Operations Manager, Ford Racing Technology. "All of us at...

The following statement from Ford Racing is in regard to the closing of Ultra Motorsports, which the team announced on Friday, Jan. 6. Statement attributable to Greg Specht, Performance Operations Manager, Ford Racing Technology.

"All of us at Ford Racing are surprised and disappointed to hear that Ultra Motorsports decided to close its shop last Friday. We understood they were having some sponsorship difficulties, but we were prepared to support them based on the agreement that we were working out with Jim Smith.

"Contrary to published reports, we were planning to support their efforts as a manufacturer. When we first started speaking with Jim last year, the plan was for them to have a two-truck operation, and we were prepared to support that level of operation.

"When it became clear that there would be only one truck for this year, we did propose to cut that support back proportionally to help them with a one-truck operation. Our support for the Ultra Motorsports program was going to be equal to our other factory-backed teams in the series.

"At no time did we ever plan on cutting support for them completely, but we are not a team sponsor. We provide manufacturer support in ways that a traditional sponsor would not, and we were very willing to provide that support for this year. "

-ford

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