Found May 04, 2012 on
Mike Ford's thrilled to be back in the crew-chief saddle again.
Ford makes his debut at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola.
Ford replaces Greg Erwin, who joined the organization in August following a long tenure with Roush Fenway Racing. After nine races with Almirola, 28, the driver and Erwin managed just a 21.3 average finish and were 23rd in the points standings.
Given the incredible success that Ford experienced during his lengthy tenure with Denny Hamlin, including 17 wins and six Chase for the Sprint Cup appearances, Almirola is encouraged by the team's prospects.
"I am excited to add Mike to our race team," Almirola said. "It is going to be really good for me to have Mike's experience come on board. He has a whole new fresh set of ideas and a lot of experience to help me. I know I've run quite a few Cup races but I am still relatively new at this.
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Crew chief Mike Ford is back at the track, focusing on his new job with Aric Almirola instead of the past with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Ford was hired by Richard Petty Motorsports this week as crew chief for Almirola. He was let go from JGR during the offseason despite leading Denny Hamlin to 17 victories and berths in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in all six seasons together...
Aric Almirola led the way with a lap of 48.079 seconds in the first practice for the Aaron’s 499 from Talladega. Rounding out the top five was Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick.
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Aric Almirola led the way with a lap of 48.677 seconds in the final practice for the Aaron’s 499 from Talladega. Rounding out the top five was Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, and Regan Smith.
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