Ford Racing has announced that the 2014 season will be its last as sponsor of John Force—and all other professional drag racing teams. The company says it is ending its involvement with professional drag racing teams on the NHRA circuit and focusing more on the sportsman ranks.
After rumors about the move surfaced, Ford Racing set the record straight with this official statement:
“Ford is not getting out of drag racing. We are fully committed to continue our support of grassroots sportsman drag racing with our Mustang Cobra Jet, parts support and contingency programs. Enthusiasts and production-based racing is at the heart of what we do. We have, however, made a business decision to conclude our team sponsorships and support in the NHRA Mello Yello Series at the end of the 2014 season. This decision was based on an ongoing assessment of our motorsport programs’ effectiveness and the strategic alignment with our company objectives globally.”