ThorSport Racing will partner with Ford Performance for the upcoming 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and beyond. Racing into its 23rd year of competition, the team looks to add to its notable history with support from the manufacturer.
“With 23 years in the NCWTS, we look forward to our new partnership with Ford Performance in NASCAR,” said team owner Duke Thorson. “Our pursuit of wins and championships remains at the forefront of our objectives.”
“We’re excited that ThorSport Racing has decided to switch to a F-Series truck for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “ThorSport is a proven championship-level team in the series, and we look forward to providing them the aero and simulation technical support that will ensure they remain at the top level of the Truck Series.”
This move doesn’t come as a shock to me. I wrote about it when ThorSport announced the move to get away from Toyota.
Ford was intriguing to me because they don’t really have any alliances with the big teams in the series now. They were with Brad Keselowski Racing, but that operation has since folded. So, you could be assured that Ford doesn’t want to leave the series all together. Aligning with ThorSport made the most sense. It’s an established organization that can field developmental drivers and groom them to move up the ladder in NASCAR.
If they would have stayed with Toyota, they likely would have continued battling for resources with Kyle Busch Motorsports. That is the flagship organization for the manufacturer in the series as the developmental drivers end up driving for them. If ThorSport stayed status quo, they remain in neutral. A move to a new manufacturer helps them grow and closely align with that said manufacturer.
Also part of the announcement was that Matt Crafton returns for his 14th consecutive season, continuing his partnership with Menards in the NCWTS. A full driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the near future ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250, Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway.