Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Roger Penske calls move to Ford camp in NASCAR 'a home run'

   Iconic motorsports owner Roger Penske was asked this week how he felt his first year back with Ford Motor Co. in NASCAR competition has gone thus far. He certainly seems pleased.

    Here was Penske's complete answer:

    "I’d say the transition to Ford has been a home run. The commitment from Ford Motor Company from top to bottom is something that we haven’t seen with many manufacturers, and certainly when we see NASCAR it’s a first-class organization. The support technically we get on the engine side with Roush Yates has been terrific, and, quite honestly, switching to the new Gen-6 car and also looking at going with a new manufacturer had a lot of challenges, but I think we’ve come together and we’re only going to get better," he said.

    "Obviously, I wish we had both cars in the Chase. We had some reliability issues as we got towards the end of the season, but that happens in racing. Overall, we’re glad with where we are and we’re looking forward to the future.”

Is there another Allison on the NASCAR horizon?


   Justin Allison, grandson of NASCAR legend and International Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Donnie Allison, and great nephew of former NASCAR champion Bobby Allison tested at Nashville Superspeedway earlier this week and will make his debut in the Automobile Racing Club of America series race Friday at Kansas Speedway with Team BCR Racing.

   "Testing at Nashville was very helpful," said Allison, 21. "I'm getting use to driving at a larger track than what I'm use to. Howard (Bixman) has given me a great car, along with the crew at Team BCR. I'm getting very excited to make my debut."

   In 2010, Justin  won the Allison Legacy Series points championship. He won seven races and finished in the top-five 20 times in 21 races. This season he has been competing in the PASS Super Late Model South Series.