Robby Gordon Motorsports announced Saturday that they will switch from Chevrolet to Ford starting in 2007. "I had a lot of success with Ford early in my career, and I owe a lot to Ford," commented Gordon. "I think our Nextel Cup program is at...
Robby Gordon Motorsports announced Saturday that they will switch from Chevrolet to Ford starting in 2007.
"I had a lot of success with Ford early in my career, and I owe a lot to Ford," commented Gordon. "I think our Nextel Cup program is at the point now where we're ready to take it to the next level, and Ford has pledged its complete support of helping me realize my dream of winning a NASCAR championship as an owner/driver. I believe we have laid the groundwork for the expansion of our program."
While Gordon emphasized that he will close the season with Chevrolet he did leave the door open for a Robby Gordon Motorsports Ford to appear before 2007, "That doesn't mean I wouldn't have another driver putting some laps on one of our Ford's before the end of the season.
Gordon's shop has already built Ford Fusions in preparation for next season which will be powered by Yates/Roush engines.
Gordon ran his first two stock car races in 1990 in a Ford owned by Junie Donlavey. He was also the first driver to pilot the No. 28 Ford from Robert Yates Racing (at Talladega) after the 1993 death of Davey Allison. He moved to Chevrolet in 1996.
Although Ford and Gordon have a shaky past, Dan Davis, Director of Ford Racing Technology assures that all is in the past and Ford looks forward to future.
"I am so pleased this program came together," said Davis. "You (Robby) started his career with Ford. You came to Dearborn (Michigan) when you were 19 or 20 and now you are back where you belong."
Gordon started his own team in 2005 but has had little success. He has just one top five in 2005 and one top five this season. He is hoping that by 2008 he will be able to field a second Cup entry at RGM with the possibility of also running cars in the Busch series as early as next season.
Ford currently fields cars for Robert Yates Racing, Roush Racing, and Woods Brothers Racing.
"Ford has a long history of success in Cup racing," Gordon said. "Obviously they have been very successful recently with both Robert Yates Racing and Roush Racing, and Dan and everyone at Ford are committed to helping their teams compete for championships year-in-and-year-out and we hope we'll be able to give them another program that they'll be able to count on for that."
Gordon will continue to drive a Chevrolet in his off road racing efforts. Although he stated, "That may change in the future but those programs are already in place."