Ford Performance Racing season preview

ALL READY AT FPR WELL AHEAD OF 2006 SEASON OPENER March 13, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) enters the start of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series better prepared than ever before with a total of three FPR BA Falcon V8 Supercars built...

ALL READY AT FPR WELL AHEAD OF 2006 SEASON OPENER

March 13, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) enters the start of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series better prepared than ever before with a total of three FPR BA Falcon V8 Supercars built and ready to hit the track in testing - a full two weeks before the start of the season in Adelaide on March 25 & 26.

This is the first time that FPR has been in this highly advantageous position, having three exact specification V8 Supercars completed well ahead of the commencement of the V8 Supercar Championship.

The Prodrive team also starts their detailed test programme today (Monday March 13) at Victoria's Winton Raceway with two exact specification and completely FPR designed V8 Supercars - another first since the establishment of the blue oval V8 Supercar team in 2003.

"The team has performed magnificently to place us in such a strong position well before the start of the season," FPR Motorsport Director Tim Edwards said.

"We are heading into a highly competitive new season as well prepared as we can possibly be - certainly the best prepared that this team has ever been before. Everyone's spirits are high as the outstanding progress that has been made during the past 11 months has been due to the dedicated efforts of every member of this team," Tim added.

The team is also well ahead on the commercial side of its operations for the forthcoming 2006 season, according to FPR Commercial Director Rod Barrett.

"We head into 2006 with more sponsorship support than in previous years. The reconfiguration of our signage this season allows FPR to seek a co-naming rights sponsor to adorn the doors on Mark's car #5," he said.

"Our all new merchandise range is selling extremely well even before we start the season. 2006 has all the indications of being a great year for the team and its fans both on and off the track," Rod added. CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright and Ford Credit FPR Falcon pilot Mark Winterbottom have been impressed with what they have seen take place at FPR in preparation for the new season.

"The team has done an incredible job - given where we have come from with two different cars and no spare car at the start of last season, to having three identical and well researched FPR BA Falcons ready to test a full two weeks ahead of the start of the season. The team has performed beyond all expectations, making me very confident heading into the new season," Jason Bright said.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Tim Edwards