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Rookie Trevor Bayne Impressive in Cup Debut at Texas

Trevor Bayne stood up to the pressures of making his Sprint Cup debut in one of the sport’s most famous cars at NASCAR’s fastest track and brought the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion home with a very respectable 17th-place finish in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

  Bayne’s day didn’t start as smoothly as he would have liked, as he had to drop from his 28th starting position to the rear of the field for the start of the race because of a transmission change. But once the green flag flew he drove toward the front and ran as high as 14th during the 500. He had to overcome some frustrating moments on pit road – though no fault of his own or his crew – but each time he made up the lost positions once he returned to the track. Naturally, he said afterward that he was pleased with the way things turned out in his first race in NASCAR’s elite division.

  “That was awesome man,” Bayne said. “We had a terrible pit stall because we were right with the guys we were racing with, and I couldn’t get it in and out and got boxed in a few times.

 “We had to pass so many cars, like 10 or 15 a run until pit stops. Finally [David] Reutimann helped me out and stayed over to the left in his box and that really helped us.”
 Bayne said driving the Wood Brothers’ Ford Fusion was a far different experience that what he’d known racing in the Nationwide Series, where the 19-year-old standout has just 48 career starts.

 “That was incredible,” he said. “These things are so much fun. I wish I could do it every weekend. It was a blast to drive, and to be that fast for a first run is incredible.

 “Donnie Wingo, everybody at Wood Brothers Racing and Roush Fenway and Ford I want to thank for giving me this opportunity. I don’t really know what to say. That was as good or better than we expected so I am really pumped about it.”

 Bayne’s finish was the seventh top-25 run for the Wood Brothers in just 12 starts this season, but team owner Eddie Wood said that when the years go by, the Texas race likely will be known as much for being Bayne’s debut as anything else that happened that day.

 He said Bayne showed great poise and was very comfortable behind the wheel.

 “Trevor did a great job for his first race, especially with the pressure of having to qualify on speed,” Wood said. “In the race, he drove like he’d been driving these cars for years. He already has the savvy of a veteran.”

 Wood ought to know. Over the past 60 years, his team has employed some of the most talented and experienced racers NASCAR has ever known.

  The Wood Brothers and the Motocraft/Quick Lane crew return to the track in two weeks for the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Rookie Driver, Veteran Team Find Success At Texas

 
For most of their 60 years in NASCAR the Wood Brothers racing team has enjoyed the most success with veteran drivers behind the wheel of their No. 21 Ford. But on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, they showed that they could accomplish a lot with a rookie behind the wheel.

Trevor Bayne, at age 19, will make his Sprint Cup debut in the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion after qualifying 28th – best of the drivers who had to qualify on speed for the AAA Texas 500.

Overall it was a big day for Ford Motor Company as Ford Fusion drivers swept the top three starting spots and four of the top five.Bayne said that having to qualify his way into his first Cup race at a blazing fast place like Texas Motor Speedway was quite the nerve-wracking experience. He ran his qualifying lap at 191.090 miles per hour.

“Those butterflies were flying around in my stomach like they’ve never flown before,” he said. “It sure feels good to get qualifying done. If I had gotten to pick the place to make my Cup debut, Texas would have been at the bottom of the list, but now I’m pretty pumped up about the race.”

He said that he knows he left some speed on the table during qualifying, as he was 16th fastest in practice earlier in the day. But he knew he didn’t need to wreck the car in an attempt to post a really fast time on the scoreboard.

“I was trying to do a good job of walking that line of pushing it to qualify but also not crossing that line and doing something stupid,” he said. “Now we can all sort of take a deep breath and get ready for Sunday.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood was among those impressed – and relieved – about Bayne’s performance.

“He had the weight of the world on his shoulders – a kid making his Cup debut at the fastest place we go, but he stood up and got it done,” Wood said.

But the Woods didn’t totally abandon their age-old strategy of employing veterans. They had long-time NASCAR crew chief Donnie Wingo and Bill Elliott atop the hauler working with the young driver. The team went about its business like it had been together for years.

“It was a pretty solid day,” Wingo said. “Things went pretty smoothly. Every time we went out in practice we got faster.”
Wingo pointed out that the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion is faster than the qualifying results show, but he knows that a little caution on Bayne’s part during qualifying was a smart strategy

“He did what he had to do,” he said. “All in all, it was a good day.”

Now Bayne, Wingo and the team turn their attention to Sunday’s race, and Bayne said his strategy for the 500 is to be “patiently aggressive” especially since he’ll be racing around the three top contenders in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

And as Wingo pointed out, there’s a big difference in driving a Cup car and the Nationwide Series cars that Bayne has been driving, so the race will be somewhat of a learning experience for the driver.

 But that doesn’t mean he’s not going to give the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion a good workout.

“We’ve got a good race car, and we’re here to race,” Bayne said.

The AAA Texas 500 begins just after 3 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on ESPN.

Trevor Bayne Set to Make Sprint Cup Debut at Texas

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct 28, 2010) — When 19-year-old Trevor Bayne drives onto Texas Motor Speedway for qualifying for the Texas 500, it will not only be his Sprint Cup debut, but he will add his name to an elite list of drivers who have driven the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. Bayne, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., will join the likes of David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner and Glen Wood – the team founder – who also made his first Cup start in the family’s familiar No. 21 at Martinsville, Va., in 1953.

“It seems a little surreal right now, but it’s just an awesome opportunity to get in this No. 21 Ford,” Bayne said. “The Wood Brothers have such a history in the sport, and it’s great to get to become a small part of that.

“I look forward to going out and making some laps and learning a ton. I know it’s going to be a big learning experience, and I’m just really looking forward to it and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity.”

Bayne, like many young drivers over the years who have gotten the opportunity to go Cup racing, found himself in a position where the stars somehow lined up just right for him.

He signed with Roush Fenway Racing just a few weeks ago. Not long afterward, the Wood Brothers suddenly found themselves without a crew chief. They turned to their old friend and fellow Ford team owner Jack Roush, who agreed to send veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo their way.

As Roush had originally planned to run Bayne at Texas, with Wingo as his crew chief, the logical move was to have Bayne make his Cup debut in the Wood’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.

“This is the best scenario for everyone involved,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing.

Bayne’s start at Texas means the Wood Brothers’ regular driver Bill Elliott will step aside for the weekend and mentor the young driver. Elliott said he will be at the track to offer Bayne any assistance he can. Elliott, who will return to the No. 21 for the season finale at Homestead, said he’s glad to be a team player at Texas.

“I’m ready to do anything I can to help Trevor with the race,” said Elliott.

Bayne comes to the Wood Brothers with impressive credentials. He started racing in go-karts at age five, before advancing to Allison Legacy cars. He then moved on to the Hooters Pro Cup Series, before entering into NASCAR’s developmental series.

But where the personable, media-savvy youngster has really excelled, is in his year and a half in the Nationwide Series. In just 47 career starts, he has five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes along with four poles. He’s seventh in the current Nationwide Series standings.

But like most young aspiring drivers, his ultimate goal is to be racing on the elite Sprint Cup circuit.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Bayne added. “I’ve been looking forward to it pretty much my whole life; since I was five years old I’ve dreamed of running a Cup race. Now it’s not just a dream anymore, it’s becoming a reality.”

Qualifying for the Texas 500 is set for 4:40 p.m. EDT on Friday, Nov. 5. The 500 begins on Sunday. Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. EST with TV coverage live on ESPN.

Back Seat Driving Was A Glen Wood Specialty

When it comes to back seat driving, Glen Wood was among the best.

But Wood’s back seat driving didn’t involve nagging the one behind the wheel. He did his back seat driving from the back seat.

If you’ve been to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, Va., or saw races back in the day at Martinsville Speedway or Bowman Gray Stadium or Starkey Speedway you know where this story is headed. If not, here’s the story of one of the first examples of the Wood Brothers ingenuity when it came to preparing winning race cars.

Back in the old Modified days, where rules were much more liberal than today, teams got more rear grip and thus more acceleration off the corners, by moving the engine rearward in the car. Glen Wood and his brother Leonard kept moving the engine back in their 1937 Ford until the driver was sitting in the back seat of the car.

“We wound up putting the engine further back than we aimed to, to get everything to fit right,” Leonard Wood said. “It put the driver in the back seat. We put a long steering shaft on it and took a Ford Falcon steering wheel that was deep dished to get it back a little more.”

Today’s Modified cars also have engines located rearward on the frame, but the bodies are shifted back so the driver doesn’t appear to be sitting in the back seat as Wood did.

The Woods’ Modified was powered by a 361-cubic-inch engine taken from Glen’s 1958 Edsel. It was bored out to 370-cubic-inches with three Stromberg carburetors using methanol, instead of gasoline.

“Those Stromberg carburetors are the best you could get for burning methanol,” Leonard Wood said.

With Glen Wood driving, the back seat car was all but unbeatable on the short tracks around Virginia and North Carolina. It won eight in a row at Starkey Speedway near Roanoke, countless features and a championship at Bowman Gray and a big Modified race at Martinsville Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series will be racing this weekend.

Glen Wood said the back seater was quite the innovative car in its day.

“When I first got in it after Leonard fixed it up, I thought, ‘If I can drive that, I can fly an airplane,’” Glen Wood said. “But after I got used to the distance between where I was sitting as compared to where you usually sit, it was fine. And I had to get used to getting close to other cars. You’d think you were closer to them than what you were, but you had to be close to them to do any good.”

The car had so much rear weight that it wasn’t uncommon to see the left front wheel off the ground at speed.

“If you put a little wedge in it, it would pick up the left front wheel a foot high,” Glen Wood said. “I have carried it halfway down the straightaway.”

But when Leonard Wood recalls the back seat car at Martinsville, it’s not a race that first comes to mind. It’s a practice session in which he did a little back-seat driving, so to speak.

Glen Wood decided the car needed a heavier right front spindle like they’d been running on the rough dirt tracks. Leonard had other ideas.

“I didn’t see why he needed that heavier spindle on a smooth asphalt track, so I got in the car and Glen took me for a ride around the track,” Leonard Wood said. “Well that thing with those big slicks and all, was getting such a good grip in the corners that it felt like it was going to throw me out the right side window.”

“I’m trying to get him to stop, but he can’t hear me. I’ve had enough right off. Finally he pulled in, and I said, ‘Glen, I think you do need a stronger spindle.”

“I mean the force it was putting on that right front spindle felt like it was tremendous. I had to hold on tight or it would have thrown me right out the window.”

Glen Wood said he doesn’t remember many of the details of his 1960 Modified win at Martinsville. But it was a victory at Martinsville, where he always ran strong but had one thing or another keep him out of Victory Lane in Convertible and Grand National races.

“I led a lot of them and was on the pole for about half of them, but somehow they all eluded me,” he said. “But that was one of my favorite tracks, along with Bowman Gray Stadium.”

A replica of the back seat racer, complete with the actual Stromberg carburetors on the original car, along with other cars and memorabilia from the Wood Brothers’ 60 years of NASCAR racing are on display at the Wood Brothers Racing Museum on Performance Drive in Stuart, just 30 miles west from Martinsville, Va.

Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. this week and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and most days, Glen and Bernece Wood will be there to greet visitors. Admission is free.

Charlotte “Test Session” Goes Well For The Woods

When a rare electrical problem in the early laps of Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway put Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers racing team hopelessly behind, they did what any race team looking to the future would do. They got back on the track and treated the rest of the race like a test session, working on their No. 21Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and building team chemistry with new crew chief Donnie Wingo.

When the checkered flag finally fell, Elliott was in 35th, 29 laps in arrears, but upbeat about what he and the Wingo-led team had accomplished. Even though Elliott stayed well clear of the race leaders and Chase contenders, he clicked off some good lap times and was able to work on his communication with Wingo.

“I actually enjoyed it,” Elliott said. “I felt like we ran pretty decent, and Donnie and I were able to make changes to the car and make it better.”
 
And Elliott said he and the team have a lot to look forward to in the future.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “This isn’t something you can do in just one race, but we made some good gains.

“We’ll keep swinging at it until we get to where we need to be.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood also was pleased on what could have been a very disappointing night, and for several reasons.

For starters, he enjoyed seeing Elliott running hard and making forward progress on the track, and he was glad to keep his car running until the end because the person who designed the special Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation paint scheme was sitting on top of the pit box.

Carson Luther, the eight-year-old from Wildwood, Mo., whose “Fired Up for a Cure” design was selected as part of a contest presented by Ford’s Customer Service Division’s contest, was the Woods’ special guest for the race. “We wanted to finish the race for Carson,” Wood said. The No. 21 will return to its normal red Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors for its next appearance, in the AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

FORD RACING NOTES AND QUOTES: Bank of America Advance

October 15, 2010 Charlotte Motor Speedway

Wood Brothers Racing announced last week that Donnie Wingo was coming on board to replace David Hyder as crew chief on the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion.  This weekend marks the first for Wingo and driver Bill Elliott, who also has a new paint scheme benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Co-owner Eddie Wood and Wingo spoke about joining forces with each other and JDRF.

EDDIE WOOD, Co-Owner – No. 21 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ford Fusion – HOW DO THINGS SEEM TO BE WORKING WITH DONNIE AND BILL SO FAR?  “So far everything has gone really well.  Throwing Bill into a new environment with a new race car and a new crew chief, and having to make qualifying runs right off the bat is asking someone quite a bit, but he stepped up and we got in the show with no problem.  Today, he can kind of get acquainted with Donnie and get acquainted with the race car because yesterday everything was qualifying runs.  You make one run and then you’ve got to go do it again and you don’t really get to feel things out, so now we’ll make some long runs this afternoon and I think we’ll be just fine.”

  IT’S ONLY BEEN A WEEK, BUT HOW HAS DONNIE WINGO FIT IN SO FAR?  “He’s been over to the shop every day and it’s pretty much been business as usual.  Donnie fits in really well with us.  He comes from kind of the same background as we do and it’s working.  I’m really happy with things so far.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL THIS JDRF PROGRAM HAS GONE?  “The really cool thing is we got in the racewith Carson Luther’s new paint scheme on the JDRF Fusion and hopefully we’ll be able to raise a lot of awareness for Juvenile Diabetes Research and raise a lot of money for those kids.  It’s really a neat program because it lasts for quite a while and they start sending in those paints schemes, so it’s something you have to keep up with daily.  It’s pretty interesting and the paint schemes that those kids send in, it was a really hard decision picking one out because they all looked good.  I couldn’t draw one.  I’m not very good at matching colors that stand out on things, but Carson came up with the blue and he said he wanted some flames, and he thought an orange number looked good on the blue.  He had a lot of real logic behind it and I thought he was a pretty impressive kid.”  

FLAMES ALWAYS SEEM TO BE ON RACE CARS.  HOW MANY ENTRIES SEEMED TO HAVE FLAMES?  “There were a lot of flames, but flames go all the way back to the George Barris days.  I don’t know who started it, but you can look at some of those old, old movies with nice-looking hot rods and they all had flames.  I can remember model cars I had when I was a kid and the decal pack always had a version with flames, so flames are cool.”

DONNIE WINGO, Crew Chief – No. 21 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ford Fusion – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT GETTING AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH BILL ELLIOTT?  “I’m looking forward to it. This all kind of came together quickly, but everybody has done a good job of putting everything together and getting the cars ready so we can get going.  It wasn’t what we wanted for qualifying, for sure, but we’ve still got the race.  We’re gonna work hard on that in these two practice sessions and see what we can do tomorrow night.”  

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU GOING FROM A TEAM THAT RAN EVERY WEEK TO ONE THAT DOESN’T?  “I think the biggest thing is getting Bill back in a rhythm.  He said that a lot yesterday and hopefully today we can get some 10 and 15-lap runs in so he can get a good feel for what he’s got and what direction we need to go.”  

AS FAR AS EXPECTATIONS BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR?  “The biggest thing I think is that I don’t think he’s had any issues qualifying at all this year, although this weekend was close, but I think the biggest thing is from a racing standpoint.  We’ve got to get better in the race and get better finishes.  What we’re focusing on right now is just getting a good carfor him to race.”

Dan Zacharias

Ford Racing Media Relations

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Elliott, Wingo Getting Up to Speed at Charlotte

Bill Elliott and the crew of his No. 21 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ford Fusion considered Friday’s efforts at Charlotte Motor Speedway a big success even if the qualifying result wasn’t what they’d hoped for.

Elliott qualified the Wood Brothers Fusion, painted in a blue scheme instead of the usual red Motorcraft/Quick Lane colors, in 37th place, but he was much more pleased with the car than the numbers might indicate.
“The car was good,” he said. “I just kind of underestimated where the track would be.”

Practice at Charlotte was held in the afternoon and qualifying after dark, when the characteristics of the track change, due to the cooler conditions.

But even before he made his qualifying run, Elliott already was anxious in getting back in the car on Friday and continue building his working relationship with new crew chief Donnie Wingo. “It’s hard to build a dialogue when you’re doing one-lap qualifying runs and having to do them in a hurry,” Elliott said. “I’m looking forward to getting the race set-up under the car and working with Donnie in practice, where there’s a little more time.”

And he expects Saturday’s race to be even better. “I really think we’ll race well,” he said. “We learned a lot of new stuff [on Thursday] and we keep gaining, so the goal is to just try and keep getting better.”

Like Elliott, team co-owner Eddie Wood is pleased to have made the starting field for the Bank of America 500 on speed, without having to rely on Elliott’s past-champion’s provisional, especially on a day when six teams failed to make the race.

And both Elliott and Wood are glad to be able to represent the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Saturday’s race. Wood said he’s particularly pleased that Carson Luther, the eight-year-old from Wildwood, Mo., whose “Fired Up for a Cure” design was selected as part of a contest presented by Ford’s Customer Service Division, will see his car on the track Saturday night.

And Elliott said he’s planning to give the car a good ride and in doing so, advance the Foundation’s cause.
“It’s great to have this new paint scheme with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on our hood,” he said. “And I hope we can bring more awareness to this cause by running well in the race on Saturday night.”

The Bank of America 500 is scheduled to get the green flag just past 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with TV coverage on ABC.

A New Look For the Woods At Charlotte

Many a chapter in the 60-year history of the Wood Brothers racing team has been written at Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of this weekend’s Bank of America 500.

 
There was Speedy Thompson’s win in 1960, the Woods’ first triumph on a superspeedway. And then their streak of 13 straight poles in the 1970s with David Pearson and Neil Bonnett doing the driving, and Michael Waltrip’s win in the All-Star race in 1996. All told, the Woods have run 101 races at Charlotte, winning 20 poles and six points-paying races. 
 
This weekend begins a new chapter in the Woods’ history at Charlotte as veteran Donnie Wingo takes over as crew chief of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, which will be carrying a special paint scheme for the 500. 
 
The paint scheme is the work of Carson Luther, an eight-year-old resident of Wildwood, Mo., whose “Fired Up for a Cure” design was selected as part of Ford’s Customer Service Division’s contest to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and raise funds for research for Type 1 diabetes.

Luther was on hand at the Wood Brothers shop just down the road from the speedway this week for the unveiling of the car carrying his design.

“I wanted fire and flames on my car, and thought the blue would make the flames stand out,” he said. “I want a cure for diabetes more than anything, even all the LEGOs in the world.”

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he and his team are proud to be carrying Carson’s colors.

“It’s a neat paint scheme, and we’re honored to be a part of this program and to be able to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause,” he said.

The No. 21 Fusion and the special paint scheme are already winners.

Luther raised $5,341 for JDRF with his design. That number, added to the money raised by the designs that were submitted, brought the total for the contest to $33,391 for research for Type 1 diabetes, and nearly $150,000 in donations the past three years.

Luther and his family will be special guests of the Wood Brothers this weekend, but they won’t be the only new faces in the team hauler.

Sprint Cup veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo comes over from Roush Fenway Racing to lead the effort in preparing the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion. He replaces David Hyder, who left the team last week by mutual agreement with the Woods.

Driver Bill Elliott said he’s ready to go to work with Wingo, who got his first Cup win as a crew chief back in 1990 when an old friend of the Woods – and one of their former drivers – Morgan Shepherd won at Atlanta.
 
“I’m looking forward to it,” Elliott said. “It’ll be a different page in the book, probably a different feel in the car, but Donnie’s been around a long time, and he brings a lot of knowledge to the table.

“I’m sure there will be some unknowns at first, but we’ll just have to go in there with our heads up and see how it goes.”

Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 is set for 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, and the race is scheduled to get the green flag just past 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with TV coverage on ABC.
 

EIGHT YEAR OLD’S “FIRED UP FOR A CURE” PAINT SCHEME SELECTED AS WINNER IN FORD CUSTOMER SERVICE DIVISION’S NASCAR DESIGN CONTEST TO SUPPORT JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION

  • Carson Luther, an eight-year-old resident of Wildwood, MO, designed the winning paint scheme that will appear on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car during the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 16.
  • Ford Customer Service Division’s Funny Car design contest helped raise awareness and $33,391 for JDRF and for research for Type 1 diabetes.

CONCORD, NC, October 13, 2010 – One young man wants to tell the entire NASCAR community that he’s fired up to find a cure for type 1 diabetes – and he plans on using the paint scheme on the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion running this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway to get the point across to millions of fans nationwide.

Carson Luther, an eight-year-old resident of Wildwood, MO, was selected as the winning designer of the Ford Customer Service Division’s (FCSD) NASCAR Design Contest to Support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

His design, entitled “JDRF – Fired Up for A Cure” was officially unveiled for the first time today at the Wood Brothers’ Racing shop today, with Luther and his family on hand.

“I wanted fire and flames on my car, and thought the blue would make the flames stand out,” said Carson Luther. “I want a cure for diabetes more than anything, even all the LEGOs in the world.”

For the past two years JDRF children have helped design the paint scheme featured on the NHRA Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car, driven by Bob Tasca III. This year, in honor of the Wood Brothers celebrating 60 years of racing Ford products in NASCAR, FCSD has decided to bring the successful contest over to the legendary race team.

“We’re excited to see how Carson’s design performs on the race track this weekend.  It looks great,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing.  “We’re honored to be part of a program this year and help raise money for such a worthwhile cause. Carson and his family are our guests this weekend, where we can educate the NASCAR community and raise awareness for type 1 diabetes.”

The Luther family, along with Wood Brothers Racing, Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and representatives from FCSD, were on hand for the unveiling today, Carson and his family will attend their first NASCAR race weekend and watch the JDRF-themed race car qualify for the Bank of America 500.

“This is my first NASCAR race,” said Luther.  “My Mom, Grandma, Uncle and sisters are here with me in Charlotte and we’re really excited to see my design on the race car this weekend.”

Donnie Wingo Named Crew Chief for Wood Brothers

NASCAR veteran Donnie Wingo has been named crew chief of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. Wingo will assume the role immediately and will be atop the No. 21 pit box next weekend in Charlotte.

“It’s really an honor to be on top of the pit box for the No. 21,” said Wingo. “Anyone in NASCAR knows the historic significance and what the Wood Brothers have meant to NASCAR. The No. 21 is iconic in this sport and it’s a great privilege to be associated with this team. I’m eager to get to Charlotte next weekend and see what we can do as a team.”

Wingo most recently served at the crew chief for Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 6 Sprint Cup team with driver David Ragan. During his 27-year NASCAR career, he has worked with drivers ranging from Dick Trickle, Ricky Rudd, Jimmy Spencer, Juan Pablo-Montoya, Jamie McMurray and Morgan Shepherd.

The No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion and driver Bill Elliott will be back on track next week in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.