18-race 2015 Schedule planned with Ryan Blaney driving and Motorcraft/Quick Lane as sponsor for 12 races:
1) Daytona 500 - 2/22, Motorcraft/Quicklane
2) Las Vegas - 3/8, Motorcraft/Quicklane
3) Texas - 4/11, Motorcraft/Quicklane
4) Talladega - 5/3, Motorcraft/Quicklane
5) Charlotte - 5/24, Motorcraft/Quicklane
6) Michigan - 6/14, Motorcraft/Quicklane
7) Daytona - 7/5, Motorcraft/Quicklane (DNQ - rained out)
8) Kentucky - 7/11, Snap on Tools (DNQ - rained out)
9) New Hampshire - 7/19, SKF
10) Indy - 7/26, Motorcraft / Quicklane / Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
11) Michigan - 8/16, Motorcraft / Quicklane
12) Bristol - 8/22, SKF (DNQ - rained out)
13) Darlington - 9/6, Snap-on Tools / Wood Brothers History
14) Chicago - 9/20, SKF
15) Charlotte - 10/10, PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass)
16) Talladega - 10/25, Motorcraft/Quicklane
17) Texas - 11/8, Motorcraft/Quicklane
18) Homestead - 11/22, Motorcraft/Quicklane
Contract Status: Driver: 2015; Primary Sponsors: 2015
Blaney's #21 to Sport PPG Colors at Charlotte: Ryan Blaney and the #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion will carry new colors - literally and figuratively - into this weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The iconic #21 Ford Fusion will be sponsored by PPG, the leading global coatings and specialty products company that was founded in 1883 as Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. Appropriately, the #21 PPG Fusion is colored in blue on the front of the car and streaks to white at the rear, giving a look of speed even when the car is sitting still.
Crew chief Jeremy Bullins said the PPG Ford Fusion will be hard to miss as Blaney competes in Saturday's 500-mile event. "Our PPG paint scheme is really cool and will definitely pop at night under the lights," Bullins said. But the rookie Sprint Cup crew chief is also hoping to get his team's car some notice for its speed as well. "We've been looking forward to coming back to Charlotte since the Coca-Cola 600," he said. "We feellike we were headed for a top-10 finish before we had engine trouble, and a top-10 in your first Coke 600 is a big deal."
Bullins, like most of the regulars on the Sprint Cup circuit, relishes racing close to home, as the track is just around the corner from the Wood Brothers' shop on Highway 49 in Harrisburg. "I certainly don't mind sleeping in my bedat night either," he said. Blaney, Bullins and the rest of the #21 PPG team have a lot to live up to when it comes to racing at Charlotte. Over the years, the Wood Brothers team has run 110 races at Charlotte, with six victories, 24 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes and an astonishing 20 poles including 13 in a row during the 1970s. "It's certainly a track the 21 team has had a lot of success at over the years," Bullins said. "It's always great to run well as usually we have a lot offamily guests there as well, and we want to make them proud."(Wood Brothers Racing), see an image of the scheme/car on the #21 Team Schemes page.(10-7-2015)
Ryan Blaney: Cup qualifying rainouts 'very frustrating': Rain has been Ryan Blaney's foe in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying. Last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, rain washed out qualifying, which meant Blaney went home. His Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford team has made just 11 starts this season (with four more left) and Blaney and his team have been sent home due to three qualifying rainouts. Under the NASCAR rulesbook, the teams with the fewest attempts get sent home in the event of a wash out. "It's very frustrating to be honest with you," Blaney told NASCAR.com at Kentucky Speedway, where he is driving in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend. "Not only for me, but for the whole team. They work so hard to get those cars to the race track. Having a fast car for all three of those races is just an extra slap in the face after you get sent home. That's really unfortunate." That frustration comes from Blaney having a fast piece at the track. He finished his lone Chicagoland practice ninth. Blaney also was ninth in final practice at Daytona, but didn't make the race as that qualifying session was rained out. Blaney also didn't make the show at Kentucky when that qualifying session was rained out. "We've been lucky to have fast cars. That's the first thing to know that you have fast race cars that you bring to the track so that's something you can be confident about and be proud of. And if everyone knows that we're there, it's a lot better than being 30th and getting rained out, then you are like 'well, we weren't that good anyway.'"(NASCAR.com)(9-26-2015)
MWR Points for sale; RCR? Penske?: Before the fire sale begins at Michael Waltrip Racing, team owner Rob Kauffman has isolated a few assets that could bring a handsome price prior to the dissolution of the company at season's end. Among the coveted commodities remaining in the MWR inventory are the points from the #15 and #55 Toyotas. Two organizations that could be interested in obtaining those points are Richard Childress Racing for Ty Dillon and the Wood Brothers for Team Penske protege Ryan Blaney. Team owner Richard Childress said that the organization is still working on Dillon's schedule for next season but acknowledged,"Yeah, we're talking to some people about points in case we run him full-time next year. As of now, we're still in the making. We're still trying to find out the way to go."
Similarly, owner Roger Penske is contemplating Blaney's future. "We definitely want to work something out where we can run Blaney the whole season," Penske said. "Hopefully, a combination with the Woods or something here. We'll just have to see how the whole thing works out."(Motorsport)(9-11-2015)
Penske wants Blaney to run full-time in 2016: Roger Penske isn't only about championships. He eyes the future of his organization and can see Ryan Blaney, a 21-year-old driver whom Penske wants to run full-time Cup next year, possibly in a mix of cars fielded by Wood Brothers and Penske personnel. Blaney found out the true Penske a few weeks ago after Kyle Busch passed Blaney for the win on the last lap of the Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis. Penske texted him that night, and an entire group of Penske employees was part of a "pep rally" the next morning before Blaney got back behind the wheel for the Brickyard 400. Blaney finished 12th and then won the Xfinity race the following week at Iowa.(ESPN.com)(8-14-2015)
Special Snap-on scheme for Wood Brothers at Darlington: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, took part in a special media event Tuesday where the 21-year-old unveiled a special Snap-on paint scheme that he will run during the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The #21 Snap-on Ford will carry a special scheme honoring the rich history of the Wood Brothers Racing team and their 65 years in the sport. The retro, mosaic scheme will feature over 2,000 photos of the Wood Brothers dating back to 1950. The Wood Brothers team has earned eight wins in NASCAR's top series at Darlington Raceway and 98 in the Sprint Cup Series since their inception 65 years ago. The unveil was a part of the August 4th Bojangles' Southern 500 Media Day. Blaney and 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick participated in a fan question-and-answer session followed by a simulated "cannonball run," eventually arriving at the South Carolina Governor's Mansion, where the #21 Snap-on Ford Fusion was unveiled. "We are honored that Snap-on would want to run a car honoring our history in the sport," said Eddie Wood. "We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the last 65 years and the fact that we are still going strong. Darlington is one of the tracks that really holds a special place in our heart as a race team, so we are pretty excited to see what the car looks like on the track."(Wood Brothers Racing), see an image of the car on the #21 team paint schemes page.(8-5-2015)
Special look for the #21 at Indianapolis: The famous Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Ford Fusion will have a decidedly different look when it takes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard. The #21 will feature a paint scheme designed by 8-year-old Maryn Winters of Basehor, Kan. Winters, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 4, is the winner of the 2015 Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Motorcraft and Quick Lane. As a result, her design will be on the Wood Brothers' Ford at Indianapolis and she and her parents will be in attendance to watch. Maryn's colorful design - which features children holding balloons that spell out "HOPE" and "JDRF," a rainbow and flowers - was selected from 10 finalists by the Ford Customer Service Division, JDRF and Wood Brothers Racing.(Wood Brothers Racing), see an image of the car on the #21 team paint schemes page.(7-23-2015)
Five teams given warnings after New Hampshire: NASCAR issued written warnings to five teams this week for multiple inspection failures last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The cars of #27-Paul Menard, #15-Clint Bowyer, #11-Denny Hamlin and #32-Eddie MacDonald were warned for failing prequalifying inspection twice. #21-Ryan Blaney's team was warned for failing prerace inspection twice. The Sprint Cup Rule Book states in section 188.8.131.52.c that if the same team receives two warnings during two consecutive events - whether a points event or not - then the team faces a P1 penalty that could include one or more of the following: Deduction of practice time, deduction of qualifying time, last choice in selecting pits, delay in order of inspection and/or other penalties.(NBC Sports)(7-22-2015)
Glen Wood turns 90: On Saturday, while Ryan Blaney and the SKF-branded Ford Fusion will be busy on track at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, folks around Stuart, Va., will gather to celebrate the 90th birthday of the team's founder, Glen Wood. Wood, a 2012 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is like a lot of people who grew up in the hard times of the Depression, but through hard work, accomplished great things in their adult lives. Wood was born in 1925, in the family home in the southern Virginia community of Buffalo Ridge, back in the days when doctors came to their patients' houses and delivered children while the other kids waited outside. In his youth, the Wood family, like those around them, got by without modern conveniences like electricity. They cooked their food and heated the home with a cook stove and fireplace and used kerosene lamps for lighting. Wood went on to work various jobs, including sawmilling, before he became a full-time racer. He first became interested in the sport when he started attending races at a track near Mt. Airy, N.C. Soon he was keeping pace with the regular drivers and their race cars.
His NASCAR teams have won 98 Cup races and 116 poles and have made 1,428 starts. Some of the best drivers from all forms of motorsports have driven for the Woods, legendary names like David Pearson and A.J. Foyt, to name just two. And, as many of his long-time car owner peers have dropped off the circuit, Wood's race team has become NASCAR's longest running. "I'm really proud that it has carried on until today, and I'm hoping we will be back full-time before long."
Wood acknowledges that his workload is far heavier than what can be expected of people not nearly 90 of age. His ability to handle it surprises him at times. "I stumble out of bed in the morning and it takes me a while to get going, but after a while I feel pretty good," he said. "I really don't understand how I can do as much as I do." (Wood Brothers Racing)(7-18-2015)
SKF sponsoring Blaney at New Hampshire: The #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion, with Ryan Blaney at the wheel, will hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend with a new look representing technical partner SKF, the leading global supplier of friction-reducing solutions for industrial and transportation applications. The New Hampshire 301 will be SKF's first of three appearances on the iconic #21 Fusion this season, while Blaney will be returning to a familiar partner, one that has special meaning to him. Last year, SKF partnered with Blaney as he made his first-ever Sprint Cup start at Kansas Speedway, where he finished 27th. SKF returned later that season to Blaney's #12 Ford Fusion at Talladega where he started 4th, led 15 laps and finished 22nd.
Ryan's car debuts a theme which SKF supports through it participation in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM.org). "Manufacturing Makes America Strong" reinforces the importance of modern industry to providing good-paying, high skill jobs. It also helps promote this year's MFGDAY.com in which participating plants open their doors on October 3rd to highlight their high-tech career opportunities.
SKF will return to the #21 Fusion for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22 and the MyAfibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 20.(Wood Brothers), see an image of the car on the #21 team paint schemes page.(7-15-2015)
Wood discusses missing another race because of rain: For the second straight week, #21-Wood Brothers Racing has had to go home because qualifying was rained out. Co-owner Eddie Wood talked about the disappointment in the garage.
EDDIE WOOD, Co-Owner - #21 Snap-On Ford Fusion - "The rules are the rules. In the event of a rainout they set the field by attempts, which means how many races you've attempted to race this year. So us and the #95 have attempted less races than 43 other guys, so we're the ones that are out but that's not a new rule. It's been that way for as long as I can remember, and then they set the field by the practice speeds. A lot of times people get it confused with how it works, but we've gone a long time and not missed a race with weather. Missing races, if you're slow and you miss a race because you're not fast enough, is a bad deal. That just kills your soul, but you can't do anything about the weather. We've been really lucky for the past seven years and haven't missed one, but now the numbers seem to be leveling out. We're gonna run next week at Loudon, so we'll head up that way and hope we don't get rained out. I'm gonna stop looking at weather apps, I tell you that. I'm done as far as that is concerned."
YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOU DON'T MAKE A RACE BECAUSE YOU'RE SLOW, BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE FAST LIKE THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS? "You're kind of in the same place, but you're not hanging your head because you're slow. When you're slow in here it's just a really bad feeling. Fortunately now, with our relationship with Team Penske and everything we've got going with Ford Motor Company and Motorcraft/Quick Lane, our cars are fast. We were fast at Daytona and we were fast here today, so you just look forward knowing everytime you go to the next race track you're gonna be fast. If it doesn't rain and you get qualifying in and you make the race, then you'll forget about this and won't even think about it."(Ford Racing)(7-11-2015)
Wood Bothers #21 picks up Snap-On Tools as 2-race sponsor: Two icons in their respective fields are teaming up to go Sprint Cup racing this weekend in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway and in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. Snap-on Tools will sponsor the Wood Brothers' #21 Ford Fusion, driven by Ryan Blaney, in both races. Both Snap-on and the Wood Brothers have long histories, with Snap-on dating back to 1920 and the Woods racing team to 1950, and both have made great contributions to their fields. Many a modern-day NASCAR fan doesn't realize that the choreographed pit stops seen today were developed in large part by the Wood Brothers years ago. Similarly, many technicians today may not know that tools like interchangeable sockets turned by a ratchet were pioneered and marketed by Snap-on from its beginning nearly 100 years ago. "I'm really excited to be associated with a long-time company like Snap-on," Wood said. "We have a lot in common with them." Eddie Wood said his family's connection with Snap-on tools predates the formation of the race team. "There are three generations of Woods that have been mechanics," he said. "My grandfather, J. Walter Wood, was a mechanic at a Ford dealership, and I'm sure he used Snap-on tools."
The Woods' Snap-on tools likely will come in handy this weekend at Kentucky as Sprint Cup teams will be running a new aero package designed to improve the racing on intermediate-length tracks like Kentucky Speedway. An open test date is set for Wednesday, and the #21 will likely see lots of tuning before the green flag drops Saturday night. "It's a real privilege to be representing a company like Snap-on that has such a rich heritage of quality and craftsmanship," Wood said. "We'll do our best to do a good job for them."(Wood Brothers Racing), see images of the scheme on the #21 Team Schemes page.(7-6-2015)
Daytona Rain Ends Wood Brothers' Seven-Year Streak of Qualifying Success: Ryan Blaney and the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion won't be in Sunday's Coke Zero 400, but it's not because of a lack of performance on the part of Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team. Instead it's Mother Nature who has been unusually kind to the team in recent seasons. On Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, threatening skies led NASCAR officials to cancel qualifying and set the field according to the rules that give the allotted starting spots to teams that run full-time. Under the current format, the lineup is set based on the previous day's first practice speeds, with the fastest car in qualifying starting first and so on. The field is predetermined before the lineup is set; however, based on the number of race attempts each team has made, with the cars making the most attempts eligible before the ones that have run less. It's the first time the Wood Brothers have failed to qualify for a race for any reason since the team went to a part-time status seven years ago. "I really hate this for Motorcraft/Quick Lane and all of our guests," team co-owner Eddie Wood said. "We've been lucky. This is the first time this has happened since we started part time in 2009. We've dodged a lot of bullets, including last time in Michigan. This one got us, but if it has to happen, I'd rather it be for something we can't control instead of for a lack of performance on our part." The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion had showed good speed in practice at Daytona, as Blaney posted the ninth-best time in Friday's final practice. "We'll go ahead and get home a day early and get ready for Kentucky," Wood said.(Wood Brothers Racing)(7-5-2015)
86th consecutive Michigan race for Wood Brothers: The weather cooperated long enough Friday to allow Wood Brothers Racing to qualify for its 86th consecutive Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. That's a streak unmatched by any other Sprint Cup team at the track. It appeared the team and driver #21-Ryan Blaney might miss the race due to rain. If qualifying was washed out, the 43-car field would have been based off the NASCAR rule book and the starting grid determined by practice times, resulting in Blaney not making Sunday's race. But qualifying went on Friday as planned. Blaney will start Sunday's race after turning in the fifth-fastest qualifying lap of 201.056 mph.(Associated Press)(6-13-2015)
Winning #21 Motorcraft & Quick Lane JDRF scheme chosen: Maryn Winters, an 8-year-old entering third grade from Basehor, Kan., 8, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 4, has won the Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Motorcraft & Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers. Maryn's winning design will be the paint scheme for the Wood Brothers' #21 Ford tha Ryan Blaney will drive in the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 26, 2015. She and her family will experience a trip of a lifetime, seeing the car that she designed race at the famed Indiana speedway in person. "I am so excited about winning this contest," said Maryn whose design raised $3,460 at www.fordracecar.jdrf.org during the contest. "I entered last year and couldn't wait to design another car this year. This is awesome!"(Ford Racing / Wood Brothers Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #21 Team Schemes page.(6-10-2015)
Bud Moore turns 90 years old...Happy Birthday: On Monday, Memorial Day [May 25, 2015], as people across America pause to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, a truly outstanding member of the Greatest Generation celebrates a milestone birthday. Walter "Bud" Moore, World War II hero and NASCAR legend, turns 90 years old on Monday. Moore, a life-long resident of Spartanburg, S.C., is like many a member of America's Greatest Generation. He grew up during the Depression, went off to war as a young man to fight for the United States in World War II, then returned home and built a thriving business. Moore was the second-oldest child in a family of ten and was the son of a farmer in the grocery business. As soon as Moore finished high school, Uncle Sam came calling. "I got out of school on June 1, 1943, and I got my draft papers on June 2," Moore said last week as he took a break from mowing the pastures on his cattle farm. When Moore returned home, he and long-time friend Joe Eubanks went into the used-car business. Before long, they traded a 1939 Ford for a race car, and the rest is NASCAR history. In 37 years as a car owner in NASCAR's elite series, Moore's cars won 63 races, 43 poles and two championships of the series now known as Sprint Cup. He also won numerous sports car races and was the crew chief for Buck Baker's championship run in 1957. In 2011, he was inducted into the second class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Among the people who have come to know and respect Moore over the years are several generations of the Wood Brothers racing team. Eddie Wood said the greatest thing Moore has given him, and everyone else today, is his service in World War II. "Hearing what Bud Moore has said about his experiences at Normandy really makes you think how lucky we all are that people like him did what they did," he said, adding that there really should have been a movie made about Moore's life. If they had ever made a movie, there's only one actor who could have done him justice, and that's John Wayne." See the full article at Wood Bothers Racing.(5-25-2015)
Penske wants to run Blaney full time in 2016 UPDATE: Roger Penske wants Ryan Blaney to run a full NASCAR Sprint Cup season in 2016 with the Wood Brothers. Blaney, a Team Penske development driver, has been farmed out to the Wood Brothers for about 18 Cup races this year. Blaney has made four starts so far this season and finished a career-best fourth at Talladega three weeks ago. A lack of available seats has made it difficult for Penske to give Blaney many opportunities, and the Wood Brothers alliance has worked well for both sides. "This is a partnership really with Woods' people and ours," Penske said before Saturday night's All-Star race. "We've got the technology and the ability to build the right pieces for them. It's like a brother-in-law." Penske said he's not interested at this time in expanding his Cup program to three cars, but would like Blaney to run the full schedule in the #21 Ford assuming funding is found for the 21-year-old. "I'd hope there can be an extension - we're going to run him in about 18 races, so if we can get sponsorship for him, that gives him a chance to take a look at extending that through a full season next year. That would be our goal," Penske said.(Associated Press)(5-17-2015)
UPDATE: Officials with Wood Brothers Racing said Thursday that the legendary team could run a full 36-race schedule today in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, something the team hasn't done since 2006. But, said co-owner Len Wood at Charlotte Motor Speedway, "you've got to pay for it. We could go run 'em all (now), but it wouldn't be pretty. And with that being said, I don't think you could keep a sponsor like that either."(NASCAR.com)(5-22-2015)
#21 Race Car Design Contest for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Your vote can help to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) during the Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers. More than 35 children ages 5-18 living with T1D from around the country are raising funds for T1D research from now until April 24, 2015 at www.FordRaceCar.jdrf.org in the hopes of making the top 10 and advancing to the finals, where voting continues until June 1, 2015. The winning entry will be chosen by the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), JDRF and Wood Brothers Racing. The Wood Brothers run the iconic #21 Ford Fusion stock car that will be adorned with the winning design for the Brickyard 400 on July 26, 2015.
The winner and his or her family will be the guests of Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will see driver Ryan Blaney put their design through its paces on the 2.5-mile oval. Every child who enters raises money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to "vote" through donations. The money raised will help to continue JDRF's efforts to turn Type One into Type None through the support of research.
Last year's winner, Carson Magee, 11, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, raised $3,735 in the contest that gave him the racing experience of a lifetime. Magee, a very active advocate for JDRF, was diagnosed with T1D at age 7. T1D is a disease in which the body's pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even vigilant management does not ward against T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of T1D research, focused on supporting key therapies that hold significant promise in achieving a world without T1D.
Ford Motor Company's relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In seven years, the race car design contest has raised more than $400,000 for JDRF, the world's leading charitable funder of T1D research. More info at Fordracecar.jdrf.org
Glen Wood at Daytona for 69th Consecutive Year: Daytona wouldn't be Daytona for Wood Brothers Racing if team patriarch Glen Wood wasn't sitting in front of the hauler holding court with the who's who of NASCAR racing. Wood, 89, is attending his 69th consecutive race on Florida's Atlantic coast. Starting in 1947 as a spectator to watch Curtis Turner drive, through driving to victory himself in the last three races run on the sand, to being the owner of a dominant team in the '60s and '70s, to being a proud father watching his sons follow in his footsteps, Wood hasn't missed a February in Daytona since shortly after World War II. "The first trip down here in 1947, we came not knowing anything about the place," Wood recalled. "It was just something off the wall to do. We heard about this big race by the ocean and we'd never heard of that. So we drove down here." His memory as sharp as ever, Wood remembers the two wood-slat bridges that led from the mainland to Daytona Beach. "Once in a while you'd hit a slat and it would break," he said with a chuckle. Rather than miles of high-rise hotels, he remembers small cabins and one-floor motels lining the Atlantic. The landscape wasn't that much different in 1953 when he and his brother, Leonard, brought a Ford from Virginia to the beach for the first time. Leonard Wood, who at age 80 still is active with the race team, fondly recalls his brother's wins on the beach. Len Wood, one of Glen's two sons and a team co-owner, says his father's attendance record at Daytona is important for team continuity. "For us, him being here 69 years in a row is part of our history, part of our tradition," he said. "He's a link back to earlier days when guys like Pearson, Foyt, Gurney and Yarborough drove for us. We brought the team (now comprised of several Team Penske personnel as a result of the technical alliance between the organizations) up to Stuart in January to give them a bit of a history lesson. Hopefully when they put on that 21 uniform they'll think about the past and try to make Ryan Blaney the next big star."(Wood Brothers Racing)(2-22-2015)
Penske could run a third team if Blaney wins Daytona 500: Roger Penske says he would certainly consider entering Ryan Blaney in a third full-time entry if his rookie driver won the Daytona 500 next month and became eligible for the Chase for the Championship. Blaney is currently scheduled to run 18 races for the Wood Brothers this season, including six with support from Penske partners PPG, SKF and Snap-On. His first race in the legendary #21 will be at Daytona, an event the Wood Brothers won with Trevor Bayne back in 2011. When asked about the possibility, Penske admitted he had forgotten that Blaney would become playoff eligible with a season-opening triumph. "Well if he won at Daytona, I guess we would have to look at our schedule," Penske said. "That's a great question. The fact that it would make him eligible for the Chase for the Championship, I never thought about that scenario. I certainly would have to think about it." Blaney is not running full-time in any of the three NASCAR national divisions. The extra six races will also allow Blaney to compete for Rookie of the Year honors, as a driver must typically run half of the 36-race schedule to be eligible. A driver can run more than seven races in a series for one season and still be eligible for rookie honors the next year as long as he never earned points in the series. As it stands, the Sprint Cup Series does not have a rookie contender.(Popular Speed)(1-29-2015)
Wood Brothers and Ryan Blaney expand their schedule: The Wood Brothers (#21 Ford) went searching for a driver for 2015 and found Ryan Blaney and are expanding their schedule with the 21-year-old winner in Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Wood Brothers say their goal has been last five years to develop young drivers and Ryan Blaney was obvious choice to replace Trevor Bayne after he moved to a full-time Cup ride. They really want to get to 100 wins in their 65th anniversary season. Team co-owner Eddie Wood says they will run 12 races with Motorcraft on board and have tentatively added six races to the schedule, as part of working with Team Penske. Those six races will be Darlington, Bristol, Chicagoland, the fall Charlotte race, Kentucky and New Hampshire (July). Penske sponsors PPG, Snap-On, and SKF will sponsor the car in those races. Wood says that the team's partnership with Team Penske is similar to what it was with Roush Fenway Racing - Penske does the body and chassis work and shares engineering data. Wood says that the #22 NXS pit crew will pit the #21 on race days.(WSB Radio Race Blog)
AND EDDIE WOOD: WE UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE AN EXPANDED SEASON TO ANNOUNCE? "Yeah, our normal commitment is with Ford Motor Company and with Motorcraft Quick Lane brands and we are going to run our 12 races like we have been doing for the last few years. We will run the speedways and the fast 1.5 mile tracks but we are excited to say that we have been working really hard with our new alliance with Team Penske and we have tentatively added six races to our schedule. We can talk about those in more depth later but we are really excited about that. We have been working really hard to expand our schedule because you just want to race every week. It kills you when you are not there but we are really thankful we have been able to do that."(Ford Racing)(1-28-2015)
Wood Brothers Racing is the longest active NASCAR team: Wood Brothers Racing [#21-Ryan Blaney] has become something of a common face in NASCAR. Their consistent attendance year in and year out has possibly gone unnoticed to some, so one member of the family has set out to make sure the team's founding fathers get the recognition they finally deserve for their unwavering show of perseverance. Jon Wood, third-generation family member and former Wood Brothers Racing driver, grew up with a fascination for a very peculiar book. That book came to his elementary school once a year when the bookmobile would roll into town. The one book that was so captivating was the Guinness Book of World Records. "From the beginning I have been fascinated with the Guinness Book of World Records," said Wood. "I remember thinking that one day I would figure out a way to do something worthy of being in the Book. I think that's just part of a child's fairytale-like thought process." His family's race team, founded in 1950 by his grandfather Glen Wood, is generally considered NASCAR's longest active race team. The Woods have fielded cars every year since 1950, and while other established teams have come and gone, the Woods have maintained the same ownership through the present. That fact; however, has never been officially recognized, and Wood wanted to do something about that. He got on the Guinness World Records website and submitted an application for a record claim. "Very quickly I got a response from their sports records coordinator, and he was highly interested in helping with this claim," Wood said. The next step was finding a way to substantiate the record. For that he turned to Buz McKim, Historian at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. McKim quickly verified the Woods' record, and as they say, the rest is history. For Jon, getting his family's accomplishment documented in the Guinness Book of World Records makes the record that much more meaningful. Getting this documented and on paper brings feelings of accomplishment that is shared by members of three generations of Woods, each of whom has played a role in the team's longevity.(Wood Brothers Racing)(1-21-2015)
Eddie Wood says team could go back to full time at some point: As Wood Brothers Racing begins its 65th year with Ford Motor Company, owner Eddie Wood says "It's not out of the question at all" that the team could go back to racing full time. Wood, a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" on Tuesday, said the team's new alliance with a fellow Ford organization may mean more races for a group that has at least one NASCAR win in each of the last seven decades. "With this move over to Team Penske, there's a lot of people looking for extra races to get us back to the track more," Wood said. "I think if we have some success and just keep doing what we're doing, I think eventually we can get back full time." From 1985 to 2008, the Wood Brothers ran at least 28 races a season in NASCAR's premier series, and Wood said that's how he was raised in the sport. "When I started racing, we raced every race, every week," Wood said. "It was like that for years. Now that you've cut back a little bit, there is a life, but if you're us, your life is really at the race track so that's just the way it is."
Wood discussed how the team comes up with its current part-time schedule. "What we did is we get with our friends up at Motorcraft and Quick Lane and decide where they need us to go," Wood said. "Obviously the superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega), we've had some success there so there's four of them. "You're going to race at Michigan because that's home for Ford Motor Company. Then you're going to race Indy, and we're going to race Charlotte and Texas. The big areas for Ford Motor Company."(NASCAR.com)(12-25-2014)
Jeremy Bullins named crew chief for Wood Brothers, Blaney: Wood Brothers Racing announced that Jeremy Bullins will rejoin the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team next season to serve as the crew chief for Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2015 Daytona 500. Bullins returns to the Wood Brothers organization following a successful three-year tenure with Team Penske's #22 NASCAR Nationwide Series team that produced 21 wins and two consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Owners' Championships. Bullins first worked with the Wood Brothers in 1999 on the Pro Cup and Late Model cars driven by Jon Wood. In 2000, Bullins became race engineer for the iconic No. 21 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a position he held until June of 2002. Bullins moved on to work with ST Motorsports, Robert Yates Racing and Richard Childress Racing, where he helped drivers Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer claim a total of nine Sprint Cup Series victories as a race engineer. A native of Walnut Cove, NC, Bullins joined Team Penske in 2012 to serve as the crew chief for the #22 car in the Nationwide Series, earning three wins in his first full season at the helm. In 2013, Bullins led the team to 12 wins with four different drivers and the team's first Nationwide Series Owners' Championship. The #22 Ford team won the Owners' Title again this season behind six series victories. In total, Bullins earned 21 wins, 14 poles, 57 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes in 99 starts with the #22 Team Penske Nationwide Series program.(Wood Brothers Racing)(12-22-2014)
Teaming Up with NASCAR to Act on Climate: When NASCAR drivers take a corner at top speed, they - and their tires - experience G-forces that are just about equivalent to what astronauts feel as they're being launched into space. So NASCAR knows a thing or two about tire performance and safety. And that's why NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney joined Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and John Podesta, Counselor to the President at the White House on Tuesday to talk about proper tire maintenance - and he brought along his #22 Mustang and the #18 "M&Ms" car to really drive the point home. Making our cars and trucks go farther on less fuel has been a key component of President Obama's plans to combat climate change. In the President's first term, the Administration issued historic fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks that will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the pump and reduce oil consumption by 12 billion barrels over the lifetime of the program. We also issued the first-ever efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles, like school buses and tractor-trailer trucks, which will cut carbon pollution by some 270 million metric tons and $50 billion through model year 2018. This February, the President announced that the Department of Transportation will be updating and refining those heavy-duty vehicle standards for future model years. All of these efforts will be further supported by Secretary Foxx's announcement of a schedule for new DOT standards establishing a tire fuel efficiency consumer information program. With support from the tire industry, this "labeling rule" will help consumers identify the most energy-efficient tires.(White House)(12-10-2014)
Ryan Blaney focusing on Cup in 2015: Ryan Blaney, who won races in both Nationwide and truck in 2014, doesn't have full sponsorship for any series. He will run at least 12 Sprint Cup races for Wood Brothers Racing and will split time in Xfinity with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano and maybe run a few truck races for Keselowski's team. Blaney isn't even worrying about running full time anywhere next season. He sees Cup as his future and is working on finding more money to add Cup races, whether that be with the Wood Brothers or a third Penske car for select events, for next season. "I hope we can get it upwards to 17 to 20 (Cup races)," Blaney said. "We're working really hard to get that done. I'm going to be racing a lot next year and fortunate to be in great cars, so I can't worry about it too much. My mindset is try to do more Cup races, just with that is the ultimate goal, obviously, and try to get more experience in that. I want to try to find more Cup races instead of Nationwide just because it progresses you a lot faster learning the cars."(Sporting News)(11-27-2014)
Wood Brothers forms alliance with Penske; names Ryan Blaney as driver: Wood Brothers Racing announced that it has formed a technical alliance with Team Penske and will race a partial-season schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with up-and-coming driver Ryan Blaney. Blaney, who has raced as a Team Penske development driver since 2012, will compete in at least 12 races for Wood Brothers Racing next season in the iconic #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion as he continues his rapid NASCAR development. Blaney will also practice and qualify the #21 this weekend at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway while current Wood Brothers driver Trevor Bayne competes in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Bayne will return in time to start the Sprint Cup race at the back of the field. Blaney is scheduled to make his official debut for Wood Brothers Racing in the 2015 Daytona 500. He will race for the team in events at Daytona, Las Vegas, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte, Michigan and Indianapolis, among others. In addition to driving the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for the Wood Brothers, Blaney will drive a Team Penske Mustang in the 2015 Nationwide Series.(Wood Brothers Racing)(8-14-2014)
Ryan Blaney to drive for Wood Brothers in 2015 UPDATES: Ryan Blaney will drive the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in 2015, sources have told Motorsport.com. Blaney, 20, will run a limited Sprint Cup schedule in the venerable #21 Ford along with Nationwide Series races for Team Penske as part of a technical alliance between Penske and the Wood Brothers. An announcement is expected around the race at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 17. Blaney currently leads the Camping World Truck Series points driving the #29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. In just his second full season on the tour, Blaney has two wins - the first coming in just his third career start. Blaney has a stellar average finish of 7.6. The third-generation racer has also shown tremendous progress on the Nationwide Series tour with Penske Racing. At 19, he won his first NNS race in his 13th career start last September at Kentucky Speedway. Blaney led 96 of 200 laps. In just seven starts in 2015, Blaney has posted six top 10s and three top-five finishes. His average qualifying position is 5.9. Blaney made his Cup debut at Kansas Speedway on May 10. He qualified 21st and finished 27th.(Motorsport)(8-1-2014)
UPDATE: Blaney does have one career Sprint Cup start, making his debut with Team Penske earlier this season at Kansas. "We're focused on winning the truck championship this year and focused on this weekend at Pocono," Blaney said. "Keep growing this (program). Those days will sort themselves out down the road." Team Penske Vice President Jonathan Gibson said via email Friday that the organization has plans for Blaney's future. "Ryan Blaney continues to do a great job with our organization and we have a plan for his progression within Team Penske," he said. "While we have had some discussions with our partners at Ford, nothing has been finalized."(NASCAR.com)(8-2-2014)
UPDATE 2: Wood Brothers Racing and Ford Racing will host a media teleconference featuring Eddie & Len Wood, co-owners, Wood Brothers Racing, and others to talk about their plans for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season as well as this weekend's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday at 2:00pm.et.(Ford Racing)(8-13-2014)
Congrats: to Jordan Wood Hicks and Michael Hicks on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Giselle Laken Hicks, born June 13, 2014. Giselle's grandfather is Eddie Wood, co-owner of #21-Wood Brothers Racing and her great-grandfather is 2012 NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Jordan works for Wood Brothers Racing and Michael works for Joe Gibbs Racing.(6-14-2014)
Roush and AdvoCare to Bring Iconic #6 Back to Sprint Cup in 2015: Roush Fenway Racing has announced it will again field its iconic #6 Sprint Cup entry in the 2015 NASCAR season, with 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne piloting the car. The Ford Fusion will have full multi-year primary partnership from AdvoCare, which currently sponsors Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. "I'm both excited and humbled to be a part of bringing the #6 back to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Trevor Bayne. "And to be able to make that move with AdvoCare makes it that much more special. They are a true partner that aligns with my foundation and core values in every way. I know the history of the #6 and what it means to Jack (Roush) and the entire Roush Fenway organization and our goal is to continue to add to its rich legacy in the sport."
"There will always be a special place in my heart for the #6," said former Roush Fenway driver Mark Martin. "It's the number we used when Jack and I first went racing in 1988. There is so much history associated with that number and with the trials and successes that we went through as we helped build RFR into a premiere NASCAR team. I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish during that time together; a part of me will always be the #6, and I'm happy to see it return with Jack, Trevor and AdvoCare next season."
"AdvoCare is excited to move to the Sprint Cup Series with Roush Fenway and Trevor next season," said Mike Vaught, AdvoCare director of sponsorships. "Roush Fenway is a great partner, and Trevor and his wife Ashton are great ambassadors for AdvoCare. We are looking forward to the #6 car racing in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, carrying the AdvoCare colors.
The #6 was Roush Fenway's first NASCAR entry and served as the flagship team for the organization during its first 20 years. In 1988 when Jack Roush started what would become the winningest team in NASCAR history, he enlisted Martin - a young and hungry driver from Batesville, Ark. - to sit behind the wheel of his No. 6 Ford. Roush's attention to detail and commitment to winning, combined with Martin's unbridled desire to succeed would help the two forge one of the most successful combinations in NASCAR history. The duo combined for 35 wins and forever etched the number's historical significance in NASCAR history.
"That number brings back a lot of memories," said team owner Jack Roush. "It reminds me of all the battles we fought to get to where we are today; the victories and the defeats. Success in NASCAR does not come easy. It comes at a price and requires a great deal of passion, sacrifice, dedication and hard work. To me the No. 6 exemplifies all of that. It's been a goal of the organization to put the #6 back out there on track in the Sprint Cup Series and I'm pleased to have AdvoCare behind us as we make the move with Trevor to full-time Cup racing," added Roush. "AdvoCare is a first-class organization from top to bottom. They have been a great partner in the Nationwide Series and I'm confident they will be there with us step-by-step as we make the move up and put the #6 back on track on Sundays."
Bayne is no stranger to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or famous numbers, having competed part time in the series with the legendary Wood Brothers since 2010. Bayne drove the historic #21 into victory lane in the 2011 Daytona 500, in one of the most memorable moments in NASCAR history. "I am kind of getting used to filling big shoes," added Bayne. "Having driven the Wood Brothers #21 for the last few years in the Sprint Cup Series has been a great experience. I'll always hold special the opportunity to drive for the Wood Brothers. Those guys are true legends in the sport and I can't say enough about the unforgettable relationships I forged there and of course our huge win in the Daytona 500."(Roush Fenway Racing)(5-24-2014)
Glen Wood extends 68-Year Daytona attendance streak: Last Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, Wood Brothers Racing was preparing their famed #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane NASCAR Sprint Cup car for the second of two Budweiser Duel qualifying races. But something, or more accurately someone, was missing. "Win, lose or draw, no matter what happens in this race, I'm going to go get daddy and bring him down here," said team co-owner Eddie Wood, of his legendary Hall Of Fame father, Glen Wood. Wood had never missed a Daytona 500 in its 55-year history, dating back to 1947 when the cars ran on the old Daytona Beach course that included Highway A1A and the sands of "The World's Most Famous Beach." According to the Woods, Glen's attendance at this year's Daytona 500 was questionable all along. Travel is not as easy as it once was for the 88-year-old, and Virginia got hammered by severe winter weather in recent weeks, making the trip even more daunting. Said the elder Wood about his 68th consecutive February trip to Daytona Speedweeks, "I think it means more to my family, or at least to Len and Eddie, because I've been here so many times. I told them I'm getting old and it (the streak) has to stop sometime, but they told me it wasn't going to be this year. Eddie called and said he had it all figured out, so how could I refuse? I knew I needed to come in a sense, but when (my wife) Bernice said she wasn't going to come, I made up my mind that I would stay home. But now, I'm glad I'm here."(Godfather Motorsports)(2-26-2014)
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