CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford celebrates championships in 2000

The 2000 North American auto racing season ends this weekend with the NASCAR Winston Cup finale in Atlanta, and every major championship has already been decided. Among those celebrating championships is Ford, which saw its program capture at...

The 2000 North American auto racing season ends this weekend with the NASCAR Winston Cup finale in Atlanta, and every major championship has already been decided. Among those celebrating championships is Ford, which saw its program capture at least one championship in every major racing series it competed in here during the year, a record unrivaled among its auto manufacturer competition. Ford captured manufacturers' championships in NASCAR Winston Cup, NASCAR Craftsman Truck and CART Champ Car, and got drivers' titles from John Force in NHRA Funny Car and Greg Biffle in NASCAR Craftsman Truck. There is no manufacturers' championship recognized in NHRA.

Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology, and head of Ford's worldwide racing efforts:

"Overall, it's been a very successful year for the Ford Racing program, maybe one of the best seasons overall in our history. We won two drivers' and three manufacturers' championships and, although it would have been fantastic to also have had drivers' championships in NASCAR Winston Cup and CART, the fact is that we had multiple drivers in competition for those titles right down to the end in both series. Truly, the thing that strikes me about all these championships is that it shows that we have outstanding depth in our programs, and that's a credit to our teams and drivers and the effort they put in the last couple of years to get to this point. We feel we have a program that is developed enough that can win any week, in any series where we compete in, and that's a good feeling. But it comes down to having the right teams and drivers in place, and I think we're lucky in that we have teams that believe in our people and our product."

FORD RACING IN NASCAR WINSTON CUP
* Ford has won manufacturer titles in three of the last four years (2000, 1999, 1997).
* Ford has more victories in 2000 than any other manufacturer. Ford has 14 victories while Pontiac is second with 11 and Chevrolet third with 8.
* Ford has won more races over the last five years than any other manufacturer. Ford has 74 wins in that time compared to 64 for Chevrolet and 25 for Pontiac.
* Ford has won the most races in three of the last four seasons.
* Taurus has won 42 races in its three years as Ford's flagship brand in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, more than Monte Carlo (36) or Grand Prix (22).
* Ford has more poles in 2000 than any other manufacturer. Ford, led by Rusty Wallace's nine, has 19 poles compared to 9 for Chevrolet and 4 for Pontiac. NOTE: Watkins Glen was set by points and is not included in this statistic.

FORD RACING IN CART
* Ford-Cosworth introduced the new XF engine won seven races - the most since 1995.
* Ford-Cosworth won its first manufacturers' championship since 1995 despite supplying the most cars (10) of any other manufacturer.
* Ford-Cosworth powered three of the top five finishers in the chase for the drivers' championship.
* Kenny Brack claimed the Jim Trueman "Rookie of the Year" Award using the new Ford-Cosworth XF engine.

FORD RACING IN NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS
* Ford has won the last two manufacturers' championships (1999 & 2000).
* Greg Biffle captured the 2000 drivers' championship in a Ford F-150.
* Ford had more victories in 2000 than any other manufacturer. Ford had 12 victories while Chevrolet and Dodge had six each.
* Ford has won more races over the past three years than any other manufacturer. Ford has 34 wins in that time compared to 29 for Chevrolet and 12 for Dodge.
* Ford has won more pole positions over the past five years than any other manufacturer. Ford has 51 poles in that time compared to 45 for Chevrolet and 26 for Dodge.

FORD RACING IN THE NHRA
* In 2000, John Force won 11 races and captured his 10th career NHRA Funny Car championship.
* Ford has now won the NHRA Funny Car drivers' championship in each of the last four years - all by Force in a Ford Mustang.
* Force is the winningest Funny Car driver in NHRA history with 92 career victories - 29 since 1997 in a Ford Mustang - and holds a 701-234 record in elimination racing.
* Ford had most victories in 2000 with 13. (Force-11, Pedregon-2)

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup , NASCAR Truck , NHRA
Drivers Rusty Wallace , John Force , Greg Biffle , Kenny Brack