By admin | January 24, 2012
Â From WoodBrothersRacing.com
In an off-season that has seen several surprising driver changes, thereâ€™s one winning combination that isnâ€™t about to break up. Trevor Bayne will remain in the seat of the Wood Brothers No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.
Bayne, who delivered the Woods their fifth Daytona 500 triumph in just his second start in the No. 21 Ford Fusion, said heâ€™s pleased to be putting any off-season uncertainty behind him.
â€œIâ€™m excited,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s a big deal for me. Itâ€™s what I had hoped for. Weâ€™re all excited to be back together.â€
Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he too is pleased to have Bayne back behind the wheel of his familyâ€™s race car.
â€œItâ€™s taken a long time to get to this announcement, but itâ€™s good to be back together,â€ Wood said.
â€œWe all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race.â€
For Bayne, one of the younger drivers in the Sprint Cup Series, driving for the sportâ€™s longest running team is something he appreciates even more as time goes by.
He was made even more aware of the teamâ€™s history and heritage â€“ and its long-standing relationship with Ford Motor Company â€“ when he watched a video on the teamâ€™s history at the company Christmas party.
â€œThereâ€™s no question at all that since the beginning, the Woods and Ford were going to stick with each other,â€ he said. â€œThe Woods are such a great racing family, and itâ€™s amazing that theyâ€™re the only one of the original teams that has survived since the beginning.â€
But the Woods and Bayne arenâ€™t just interested in celebrating the past. Beginning next week, theyâ€™ll be back at Daytona International Speedway for Preseason Thunder testing and trying to figure a way to adapt to a new rules package and defend their 500 victory.
â€œItâ€™s going to be very different at Daytona,â€ Bayne said, referring to a rule change that will block off air to the carâ€™s radiator and thereby limit the two-car tandem racing that Bayne so quickly adapted to. â€œItâ€™ll be like starting all over again, but thatâ€™s OK.
â€œWeâ€™ll just go try to do it again.â€
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