Published on May 28th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
Wood Brothers Looking For Driver
With Roush Fenway Racing announcing that Trevor Bayne will drive the No. 6 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015, Wood Brothers Racing, Bayne’s current Cup team, will have to find another driver to pilot the legendary No. 21 Motorcraft Ford.
After the RFR announcement, team co-owner Eddie Wood said:
Trevor Bayne will always be part of our family. And we will always share that great Daytona 500 moment together. It’s something that will always be so special for all of us. We will always be Trevor Bayne fans, so we are happy he is getting his shot to race for the Sprint Cup Championship. We are going to do everything in our power to get him to victory lane one more time in the No. 21 Fusion.
Bayne has been running a part time Cup schedule with Wood Brothers since 2010. In 2011, Bayne drove the Woord Brothers Ford to victory in the Daytona 500.
Wood Brothers has been running part time in the Cup series since 2007, and the team plans to continue running a limited schedule.
We’ll probably start talking about [the next driver] sooner than later. I’ve got to get with Motorcraft, Quick Lane and Ford Motor Company because there’s a lot of people involved in our world, so we’ll sit down with them and figure out what they want to do next. So we’re like, you know, Day One.
As it stands right now, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle are the biggest named free agents. But Biffle has indicated that he wants to re-sign with RFR, and at one point said he was close. Edwards, however, hasn’t said anything to indicate what his plans are.
Still, it is highly unlikely that Edwards will sign with WBR, considering that they’re a small, single-car team that is running a limited schedule. Unless, of course, he buys into the team with plans to expand it, as Tony Stewart did with Stewart Haas Racing.
Marcos Ambrose’s contract is also up at the end of the season, but he has indicated that he will re-sign with Richard Petty Motorsports.
Casey Mears could be a candidate, but he seems to be happy with Germain Racing, and it seems unlikely that he would leave to join Wood Brothers.
So, the replacement is likely to be a young up-and-comer from the Nationwide Series.