Ford Response to Pending Dodge Announcement

This Week in Ford Racing October 13, 1999 DAN DAVIS, DIRECTOR, FORD RACING TECHNOLOGY AND HEAD OF FORD'S WORLDWIDE RACING EFFORTS, IS AMONG MANY AWAITING DODGE'S EXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY THAT IT IS RETURNING TO NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACING...

This Week in Ford Racing October 13, 1999

DAN DAVIS, DIRECTOR, FORD RACING TECHNOLOGY AND HEAD OF FORD'S WORLDWIDE RACING EFFORTS, IS AMONG MANY AWAITING DODGE'S EXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENT THURSDAY THAT IT IS RETURNING TO NASCAR WINSTON CUP RACING IN 2001. THE FOLLOWING ARE DAVIS' REMARKS ON THE EVE OF THE EXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENT.

DAN DAVIS: "In all honesty, we at Ford more than welcome Dodge's participation in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, no matter if it's for the 2001 season or for 2010. They've done a good job in developing their Craftsman Truck Series program over the past few years to where this year they are a force to be reckoned with every race. Taking the next step up to Winston Cup seems to be a logical move for them.

"Their involvement will be good for the sport. It will be good for the competition, it will be good for NASCAR, and, best of all, it will be good for the fans that follow the sport. NASCAR Winston Cup racing makes a lot of business sense for us, and obviously, it has gotten to the point where it makes sense for them.

"We told people a couple of years ago when we first introduced Taurus that the four-door race car was the wave of the future for NASCAR. If Dodge runs the Intrepid, as is expected, or some other four-door car, we'll be happy knowing we pioneered the idea in Winston Cup. We said back in 1997, when the Taurus race car was first shown, that the public was moving more and more toward four-door models in this segment, and I think Dodge's participation with a four-door car will only further that argument.

"It's funny. I hadn't seen Lou Patane (CHRYSLER RACING HEAD) at many of the NHRA drag races this past year, and he used to always be at those events, so now it makes a lot more sense where he's been spending his time working. Lou's a good guy, and I think I'm going to call him up and let him borrow a box of kleenex to help with all the bloody noses he's going to suffer as he tries to get a car approved for NASCAR competition over the next year. Seriously, I think it's great that they're stepping up into Winston Cup, and we look forward to the challenge of taking them on every weekend in that series."

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