Ford adds a team that has not only won 17 championships at the top levels of North American motor sports, but also has five Rolex 24 At Daytona wins to its credit.
“Partnering with Chip and his championship-caliber organization in this new sports car series is a critical ingredient to our Ford EcoBoost program in USCC,” said Allison. “Chip’s team has a legacy of winning in endurance sports car racing, excellent technical capabilities, and race proven experiences — all elements we were looking for to field our Ford EcoBoost racing program.
“All of us at Ford and Ford fans are thrilled to have Scott Pruett return to Ford at this stage of his career. He is a champion and his record as a driver speaks for itself, and we know he will be a great asset as we develop this program in the coming years.”
Pruett returns to Ford, where he started in 1985 with two races in the IMSA GTO series. He was signed to run full time as a Ford factory driver in 1986 and promptly won four IMSA and SCCA Trans-Am championships in three years before moving to Indy car racing.
His two career Indy car wins also came with Ford power and his one full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus.
“Coming back to Ford is the perfect way to bookend my career,” said Pruett. “To be honest, without Ford, there is no Scott Pruett. Ford gave me the chance to drive my first real race car — the front-engine Mustang GTP in 1983 — and then they were willing to take a chance on me when no one else did in 1985 and 1986.
“It’s exciting to be back with them to work on an exciting new program like the Ford EcoBoost engine effort. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel in off-season testing and feel what I have been hearing all about.”
Ford recently announced as part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, the 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost racing engine would enter the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.
Michael Shank Racing was the first team to sign up to campaign the engine, and MSR recently took the engine and the new-look Daytona Prototype car — created with Ford corporate design influence — to Daytona, where driver Colin Braun set a new closed course speed record of 222.971 mph, as well as FIA records for standing start 10-mile and 10-kilometer runs.