Kelly Racing announce switch from Nissan to Ford
Kelly Racing will move from Nissan to Ford ahead of the 2020 Supercars Championship, announcing a partnership with Ford and Ford Performance.
“We are excited for the future now we have confirmed the team will run Ford Mustangs in 2020,” said Todd Kelly, team principal of Kelly Racing.
“After eleven seasons in Supercars we step into a Ford Mustang that is a proven race winner and will provide us with our best opportunity for success in the future.”
Kelly Racing secured an official contract with Nissan ahead of the 2013 season, a programme unfortunately not resulting in strong results and the Japanese manufacturer did not renew its contract with the team after the 2018 season.
The team will undertake an in-house engine programme for their Ford Mustangs, confirming two cars on the grid for 2020 after selling two of their Teams Racing Entitlement Contracts (RECs).
“We’re so glad to have Kelly Racing bringing two additional Mustang Supercars to the grid, which brings fans more great news on the back of a hugely positive 2019 season,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand. “Having more Mustangs racing next season is a reflection of the team’s hard work and the success of the program so far.”
“Working with Kelly Racing builds on the already fruitful partnership we have with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “Kelly Racing has an impressive pedigree in terms of both engineering and their driver talent, and we see its switch to Mustang as an opportunity to combine their highly skilled outfit with Ford Performance DNA.”
Kelly Racing will continue running Nissan Altimas in the Dunlop Super2 Series next year.