Changes are, indeed, happening over at Stewart-Haas Racing. The team has just confirmed it is making a switch to Ford in 2017.
Beginning next year, the team says it will campaign the Ford Fusion car with its four-car team utilizing Ford engines in every race. Team co-owner Gene Haas remarks that the new partnership with Ford will allow the team to “evolve,” which is always a good thing in the ever challenging world of motorsports. Meanwhile, recovering driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart says he believes partnering up with Ford will help them strengthen their position in NASCAR. Nonetheless, both owners of Stewart-Haas Racing remain grateful to Chevrolet for its current partnership.
Meanwhile, it’s that time of the year once again in NASCAR when the Hall of Fame nominees are decided.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominating Committee had met last week in Daytona Beach, Florida to finalize the list of nominees. Among the ones included this year are the 15 nominees from last year that weren’t chosen for induction. These include Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Ray Evernham, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Harry Hyde, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Herschel McGriff, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, Mike Stefanik and Robert Yates.
This year, these fine men are joined by longtime NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, four-time champion in the Camping World Truck Series Ron Hornaday, engine builder Waddell Wilson, former premier series driver Ricky Rudd and broadcaster Ken Squier.
At the same time, the Nominating Committee has also named five candidates for the Landmark Award, which recognizes the nominees’ “outstanding contributions to NASCAR.” For 2017, the list includes Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify and compete in both Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. Moreover, she is joined by Speedway track founder H. Clay Earles, former sponsor Ralph Seagraves, former car owner Raymond Parks and Squier.