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Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Finish 21st On Big Day For Ford At Michigan

Small_MIE7269 Trevor Bayne and the crew of his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion tried some of the best plays in their strategy book at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, but in the end they had to settle for a 21st-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400.

Any disappointment from the afternoon was offset by the fact that the team’s long-time partner Ford Motor Company became the inaugural winner of the Michigan Heritage trophy, which will be awarded to the winning manufacturer of Sprint Cup races at MIS for years to come. The trophy, inspired by professional hockey’s Stanley Cup, celebrates the spirit of the automobile and its importance to the Michigan track, which is the home turf of the U.S. automobile industry.

“We certainly want to congratulate Roger Penske and Joey Logano on their victory,” said Len Wood, co-owner of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford. “When any Ford wins, we all win.”

Ford and Wood’s team have been a big part of NASCAR history at Michigan. Of Ford’s league-leading 34 Cup victories at Michigan, the Woods own 11. One of their greatest drivers, David Pearson, still leads all drivers in Michigan victories with nine, all of which came in either Ford or Mercury race cars.

While Bayne and the Woods will have to wait for another Sunday to try to deliver Ford another Michigan Heritage trophy, they were encouraged by the team’s performance in the Pure Michigan 400.

Small_MIE6478Bayne started 18th and held his own through the opening laps. With teams on various pit strategies, Bayne wound up getting all the way into the lead before pitting on Lap 48.

Time after time, his Motorcraft/Quick Lane over-the-wall crew members helped him keep track position with their quick work on pit road.

At one point he gained 10 positions in a single two-tire stop.

“The pit crew did a great job all day,” Wood said. “Even when we changed four tires we were able to gain positions, and they made adjustments on several stops and still got us off pit road in good shape.”

The team’s strategists, led by crew chief Donnie Wingo, also were at their best, even if circumstances, mostly caution flags, didn’t fall in their favor.

“We had a fuel-mileage strategy working twice, but because of the way the cautions fell it didn’t work out,” Wood said. “The race wound up with a lot of short green-flag runs, which we did not need.”

Bayne, Motorcraft Crew Find Speed When They Need It In Michigan Qualifying

Small_MIE1846 Trevor Bayne’s first laps in the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion on Friday at Michigan International Speedway weren’t at all what he and the team were expecting.

His best lap in practice; at 196.732 miles per hour, was 34th on the speed chart and cause for concern for a team having to qualify on speed or miss a race at the home track of long-time backer Ford Motor Company.

Between the last lap of practice and Bayne’s one lap run against the clock, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team found nearly five miles per hour. His lap at 201.337 mph was 18th fastest, putting him safely in a starting line-up topped by the Ford Fusion of Joey Logano.

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he was proud of the work done by crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew.

“We really struggled in practice, but Donnie and the crew went to work, made a lot of changes to the car and made it much better,” Wood said. “We’re happy to be in the show, and I think the car will race well on Sunday.”
Wood was relieved to see Logano carry the day for Ford, especially at Michigan, the home track for the U.S. automakers.

“But I’m always glad to see a Ford on the pole, wherever we’re racing,” Wood said.

For Bayne, the dramatic pick-up in speed from practice to qualifying came as somewhat of a surprise.

“It kind of threw me off in practice because we were so bad,” he said. “We were really tight in the center [of the corners], hitting the splitter and not turning.”

“We went out for that [qualifying] lap and now I feel like I under-drove it because I didn’t expect it to turn that good. We got down in the corner and it never pushed and I never hit the splitter.”
Bayne, who will practice the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion Saturday morning then fly to Mid-Ohio to race the No. 6 Mustang in the Nationwide Series, said he’s more optimistic about his chances in Sunday’s race after seeing how much Wingo’s adjustments improved the handling of his car.

“We will be good in the race here if we can make adjustments like that,” he said.

The Pure Michigan 400 is set to get the green flag just after 1 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

 

Wingo, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew Looking for Strong Finish at Ford’s Home Track

_MIC6404Getting the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion up to speed at Michigan International Speedway hasn’t been much of a problem for Trevor Bayne and the Wood Brothers in recent races. Securing a fitting finish has been another matter altogether.

In both Sprint Cup races at Michigan in 2012, Bayne qualified in the top seven only to have equipment issues take away opportunities for strong finishes. An engine failure in the first race and a flat tire in the second, hindered any chance of showcasing the teams full potential.

Back in June of this year at the home track for Ford Motor Company, Bayne was poised to be a big part of a Ford celebration of its 1,000th NASCAR victory before aerodynamic damage from an incident on the track left him with a 15th-place finish behind the winning Ford Fusion driven by Greg Biffle.

The team will use the same Ford Fusion it ran at MIS on Father’s Day, and it will be back in its familiar red-and-white paint scheme instead of the black-and-white colors used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to honor Henry Ford’s 150th birthday. Veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo said he and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew are determined to do their part to help Bayne steer Chassis No. 745 to a strong finish in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

_CZC6014“We’ve had some of our better runs at Michigan, but we just haven’t been able to finish them off,” Wingo said. “The car’s been good. It just needed a little bit here and there, which we should be able to work on in practice.”

Among the goals Wingo has for the weekend is a strong qualifying effort, for several reasons. Foremost, there’s the matter of making the starting field, as the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team must make the race based on its qualifying speed. Then there are the advantages that come with starting up front, namely a beneficial pit stall and the edge that comes with having track position from the drop of the green flag.

“We’re going to work hard on qualifying,” Wingo said. “I expect we’re going to have a track-position race.”

That means race strategies will focus on keeping drivers as close to the front of the field as possible, especially as the laps wind down.

“You’re not going to take four tires every time you make a pit stop,” Wingo said. “You’ll see lots of two-tire stops and some no-tire stops. It just depends on how much fuel you need at that point.”

Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 is set for Friday at 3:40 p.m. Eastern, and the race is scheduled to start just after 1 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on ESPN.

Bayne Hangs On For A 28th-Place Finish At The Brickyard

Small_INE4969Trevor Bayne got some good TV exposure for the special paint scheme on his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion during the ESPN broadcast of Sunday’s Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard.  The type of coverage; however, wasn’t exactly what Bayne had in mind when he strapped in for the 400-miler at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bayne made the broadcast – and post-race highlights – with a couple of spectacular saves when his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion, carrying a special paint scheme commemorating Henry Ford’s 150th birthday, broke loose in traffic.

A loose condition plagued Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew throughout the race. It led to him losing a lap early on, kept him mired in traffic and left him with a 28th-place finish, the same place he started.

Small_INE3619Team co-owner Len Wood said the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew made adjustments to their black-and-white Ford  Fusion throughout the race, but the way the race played out kept them pinned a lap down and unable to recover.

With just three caution periods, the opportunities to rejoin the lead lap through the free pass or wave-around were very limited.

“We never got to use the wave-around rule to get our lap back, because every time we were planning to use it, one of the leaders stayed on the track, and that kept us a lap down,” Wood said.

By NASCAR rules, if any of the leaders choose not to pit during a caution, there is no wave-around.

Still, Bayne and the team kept working to improve the handling of their car.

“We made adjustments on every pit stop, but we never really got it right,” Wood said. “It was better at the end, and it was really good in clean air, but unfortunately there wasn’t much clean air where we were running.”
Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew return to the Sprint Cup Series on Aug. 18 for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Despite Tight Handling Condition, Bayne Qualifies 28th at Indy

photo (5)Trevor Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew had the No. 21 Ford Fusion running strong in practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but when it came time to qualify for the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard, they experienced a minor hiccup.

“The car was super tight in qualifying trim,” Bayne said. “We were on the splitter really hard which makes it even tighter.”

Still Bayne managed a lap at 183.906 miles per hour, which will put him in the 28th starting spot for Sunday’s 400-mile run.

Overall, Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew were pleased with their pre-race efforts. They were 15th fastest in the opening practice session on Friday, with a best lap at 181.459 mph. In Saturday morning’s second session, they improved to 184.057.

When it came time to prepare the No. 21 Ford Fusion for qualifying, the crew made some adjustments to allow for a tight handling condition, but they were careful to not go too far and put Bayne in the position of trying to qualify his way into the race with a car that was too loose.

“If you free the car up too much here at Indy, you just can’t drive it,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said, pointing out that even a minor slip on the qualifying run would have likely meant missing the race. “The important thing is that we made the race. That was important, especially since our car was chosen to commemorate Henry Ford’s 150th birthday.”

Bayne also was glad to have qualifying in his rear-view mirror.

photo (4) “I’m glad to go back to race trim where our car was good,” he said. “It is hard to pass here, so qualifying is important.

“I think we can still make it up and go to the front…. We are in the show, and that is what we came here to do.”

“It is cool to represent Henry Ford, the Ford Oval, Motorcraft/Quick Lane and the Ford family,” he said. “Wood Brothers Racing has also been a huge part of Ford Racing’s history.

“It is an awesome partnership, and we are glad to be celebrating Henry Ford’s 150th birthday.”

The Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 is set to get the green flag just after 1 p.m. Eastern Time with TV coverage on ESPN.

 

Wingo, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew Putting Their Best Ford Forward At The Brickyard

1044184_10151549312571149_1349360345_nThis weekend’s Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard, as one of NASCAR’s marquee events, historically brings out the best in Sprint Cup Series race teams and drivers.

For this year’s 400-miler at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Wood Brothers and their Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew have prepared a Gen-6 2013 Ford Fusion that has been extensively tested, including a session at Indy, and another at Michigan International Speedway in May, but never raced.

Crew chief Donnie Wingo said he’s been pleased by what he’s seen in the test sessions.

“We were at the test primarily to help Goodyear develop a tire and there really weren’t enough cars there to put down enough rubber to simulate race conditions, but we were able to learn some things about our car,” he said. “We have a good direction heading into this weekend.”

As is the case most weekends on the Sprint Cup circuit, qualifying is important because a good starting spot allows a driver and team to start the race with good track position, which is important because passing is difficult, especially at a place like Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Good qualifying runs also assure more advantageous pit stalls, as crew chiefs pick their stall based on the qualifying results, with the pole-sitter’s team first in line followed by those behind him in the starting order.

“To be successful at Indy, you almost have to run the race backwards from a pit strategy standpoint,” Wingo said. “You need to be in position to do the least you can on the final pit stop so you can get back on the track ahead of as many cars as you can be.”

1069855_10151549312601149_1658968313_n The veteran crew chief says that will lead to lots of two-tire stops in the 400, except in cases where a pit stop sets up a full-fuel-tank run.

“You’re always trying to keep your track position,” Wingo said. “That’s why qualifying is so important.”

One thing that will be different for Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew is the color of their No. 21 Ford Fusion. Instead of the usual Motorcraft red and white colors, it’ll be decked out in black and white to honor the 150th birthday of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, who had the overwhelming majority of his first mass-produced car, the Model T, painted black.

“It really looks good,” Wingo said of the special paint scheme. “It doesn’t look like a Model T, but it’s a cool design.

“I think everybody will like it.”

Qualifying for the Brickyard 400 is set for Saturday at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time and the race is scheduled to get the green flag on Sunday just after 1 p.m., with TV coverage on ESPN.

HAPPY 150th HENRY FORD: Motorcraft/Quick Lane, Wood Bros. Ford Racing to Mark 150th Birthday

Motorcraft/Quick Lane, Ford Racing to Celebrate Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday; Press Conference/Car Unveiling Wednesday

 

·       PREVIEW VIDEO: Watch Eddie and Len Wood, Trevor Bayne and Travis Hunt of Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing talk about Henry Ford’s legacy. Also includes Henry Ford trivia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urK1IWPhfSk&feature=youtu.be

 

·       In January 1901, at 37 years old, Ford had already failed at business. He’d risked all he had on the Detroit Automobile Company, his first attempt at auto manufacturing, and when that company dissolved he moved into his parent’s home with wife Clara and son Edsel. He could’ve walked away. Instead, Ford decided he needed a new spotlight – so he built a race car.

 

·       One-hundred twelve years later, Ford race cars are still on the track in different series around the world. In celebration of his 150th birthday, Ford brands Motorcraft/Quick Lane and Ford Racing will honor Henry Ford’s legacy with a special paint scheme at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 26-28, 2013, with Wood Brothers Racing and driver Trevor Bayne.

 

·       Wood Brothers Racing, both Ford’s and NASCAR’s oldest continuously operating Sprint Cup team, and Bayne will unveil the design Wednesday (July 24, 2013) at Henry Ford Museum, with the help of Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, and representatives from the museum.


DEARBORN, Mich., July 23, 2013
—Henry Ford could’ve given up. No one would’ve blamed him.

Henry FordIn January 1901, at 37 years old, Ford had already failed at business. He’d risked all he had on the Detroit Automobile Company, his first attempt at auto manufacturing, and when that company dissolved moved into his parent’s home with wife Clara and son Edsel.

He could’ve walked away. Instead, Ford decided he needed a new spotlight – so he built a race car. That car brought him a most-unlikely victory, and the investors to help him start Ford Motor Company.

One-hundred twelve years later, Ford race cars are still on the track in different series around the world. In celebration of his 150th birthday, Ford brands Motorcraft/Quick Lane and Ford Racing will honor Henry Ford’s legacy with a special paint scheme in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 26-28, 2013, with Wood Brothers Racing and driver Trevor Bayne.

Wood Brothers Racing, both Ford’s and NASCAR’s oldest continuously operating Sprint Cup team, and Bayne will unveil the design Wednesday (July 24, 2013) at Henry Ford Museum, with the help of Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, and representatives from the museum.

Ford’s plan to build a race car would’ve sounded crazy at the time. Even though he’d failed, he wasn’t ready to walk away from auto manufacturing. He needed to win new investors, though, so to do that, he’d need attention.

Ford’s opponent, Alexander Winton, was the Richard Petty of his day – a handsome success who, unlike Henry, already had a winning race record and more than that, a robust auto manufacturing business to his credit. Winton’s automobile was the most technologically advanced and powerful machine on the market. His was the first to cross the country coast to coast. That Winton would defeat Henry Ford was so sure, he was asked to pick out the trophy.

Fords First Race Car_ SweepstakesIt cost Ford approximately $5,000 to build “Sweepstakes,” the car he’d race against Winton at the one-mile oval Blue Ribbon horse racing track in front of packed crowd in Grosse Pointe, Mich. on Oct. 10, 1901.

The 10-mile race was a challenge for Ford, who had never raced. But he passed Winton late in the race and captured the $1,000 prize and the glass punch bowl trophy.  Afterward, Ford vowed he’d never race again. He wouldn’t need to. His courage and innovation had achieved the end goal – the attention of investors who would back him in his next automotive venture.

One-hundred-fifty years after his birth, the company he founded, Ford Motor Company, still thrives today as an example of global enterprise done well – the symbol of which, a Blue Oval, is synonymous with perseverance and performance.

“It’s an honor for Motorcraft and Quick Lane and FordParts.com to be able to be part of this,” said Travis Hunt, motorsports marketing manager, Ford Customer Service Division. “To have Henry Ford on our vehicle, and to transform it into a celebration of the 150-year legacy he created is really special for us.”

Wood Brothers Racing has 98 wins to its credit, with legendary drivers like David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Dale Jarrett and Cale Yarborough behind the wheel.

“We’ve raced Fords since we started racing in 1950 with my dad (Glen Wood) when he started the team,” said Eddie Wood, who now runs the family-owned team with brother Len. “We’ve never had anything but that. To be the team that’s picked to put Henry Ford’s 150th on our car, that’s a huge honor.”

Everything about this year’s Brickyard 400 will be steeped in historical significance for the Woods, including the location itself. While NASCAR has only been racing at the track since the 1990s, Wood Brothers Racing’s history stretches back to 1965 – when the team’s quick pit stops propelled driver Jim Clark and his Ford-powered Lotus to Ford Racing’s first win at the Indianapolis 500.

“This track is quite special for us,” said Len Wood.

The significance of the milestone isn’t lost on Bayne, who himself won against impossible odds in the 2011 Daytona 500 just a day after turning 20 years old.

“One-hundred and fifty years, that’s huge,” Trevor Bayne said. “If I could tell him ‘happy 150th birthday,’ I’d be asking him his secret, first of all. I’d thank him for all he’s done for us and our sport. For the country, really.”

For live updates from the Brickyard 400 and all season long, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow Wood Brothers Racing on Facebook and Twitter (@WoodBrothers21) and driver Trevor Bayne on Facebook and Twitter (@TBayne21).

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Bayne’s Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion Fast From Start to Finish at Daytona

photo-4Trevor Bayne and the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion were in the hunt for victory for most of Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. As the laps wound down, Bayne was leading a pack of drivers making a charge in the outside lane. He drove under the white flag in eighth place and counting, but his plans didn’t pan out, and he wound up steering his way through some late-race wreckage to finish 20th.

“Up to the white flag I thought we had shot at that thing with the 2 car [the Ford Fusion of Brad Keselowski] pushing us,” Bayne said.

But the beating and banging that is typical of green-white-checkered-flag runs to the finish of restrictor-plate races ended his bid for a finish at the front.

photo-3 “We had the top with open track ahead of us and the 17 [the Ford Fusion of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.] got in there somehow to our left-rear and got us completely sideways,” Bayne said. “I thought we were crashed, so luckily we didn’t tear it up and finish that one early, but it wasn’t the finish we were looking for with that strong of a car.

“We ran in the top 10 all day and could drive to the front, but we just didn’t get a good finish.”
Team co-owner Eddie Wood left Daytona happy.

“All you can ask for in a restrictor-plate race is to have a fast car and be in a position to contend for the win when it comes to a green-white-checkered-flag finish,” he said. “And we were in the mix all night long.”
_CZC4983Bayne started 20th, and was running fourth by Lap 40. Throughout the race, he was able to move through the field with relative ease.

Wood said that ability to race well was what the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew was working toward in both of Thursday’s practice sessions, a strategy made possible by the fact that there were just 43 teams vying for the 43 starting positions.

“Since we didn’t have to worry about qualifying for the race, we got to spend time on the race set-up, and it paid off,” he said.

Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team return to action in three weeks when the Sprint Cup Series returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bayne to Start 20th in Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

_CZD1759With only 43 teams entered in Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, Trevor Bayne and the crew of his No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion enjoyed a luxury not often afforded to a part-time Sprint Cup team.

Since there are 43 starting spots, there was no danger of missing the race. Bayne and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane team were able to spend the majority of the two practice sessions perfecting the race set-up for their No. 21 Ford Fusion. Most weeks, a good portion of practice is devoted to qualifying set-ups since the team usually has to make the starting field based on their qualifying time.

Nonetheless, Bayne ran a lap at 192.583 miles per hour to earn a respectable 20th starting position.

Like the rest of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew, he was more concerned about how his Ford Fusion will perform in the race than how it ran by itself against the clock.

“Hopefully our car is good in the pack,” he said. “You can’t really tell from qualifying with gusts and things like that.”

“Being an impound race, obviously that takes away a little bit of the things you would do if you were just qualifying, but I’m always proud of this team at superspeedway races, and hopefully we’ll be able to work our way up and be at the front by the end of this thing.”

The Coke Zero 400 race is scheduled to start just after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with TV coverage on TNT.

Wood Brothers’ Summertime Success at Daytona a Motivator for Wingo and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Crew

_TXC6634Considering his team’s track record at Daytona International Speedway, it’s understandable that veteran crew chief Donnie Wingo would put some extra effort into preparing the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400.

His Wood Brothers team leads all others in points-paying Sprint Cup Series victories at Daytona with 15 overall. The next closest owners are Richard Petty and Rick Hendrick, who have 11 apiece.

The Woods have won the prestigious Daytona 500 five times, most recently in 2011 with Trevor Bayne driving and Wingo as crew chief.

Where the Woods have really excelled over the years is in the 400-miler in July, a race they’ve historically had impressive driver line-ups.  Some of NASCAR’s greatest names, like Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker have made history in Wood Brothers cars.

“There’s a lot of history here with this team,” Wingo said. “We always put a lot of emphasis on the cars we bring to Daytona.”

For this year’s race, Wingo has chosen the same Ford Fusion that the team took to Talladega Superspeedway in May but ran only 22 laps before being sidelined by engine issues.

Wingo and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew did a lot more than just dust off their preferred superspeedway car.

“We’ve done a lot of tweaking and tuning on it trying to make it even better,” he said. “It’s been to the wind tunnel twice since Talladega.”

A lot of Wingo’s effort, at the shop and in practice at Daytona prior to the 400, is being focused on perfecting the handling of his team’s Ford Fusion under race conditions, especially since the track is hotter in July than in February and that could cause handling issues even though the track has relatively fresh asphalt.

“With the July heat, the cars can get a little looser,” he said.

Then on Saturday, his goal will be to develop a race strategy that will put Bayne near the front of the pack as the laps wind down.

“If we can be there at the end, hopefully we can do something like we did in the 500 in 2011,” he said.

Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 is set for Friday at 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time, and the race is scheduled to start on Saturday just after 7:30 p.m. with TV coverage on TNT.