It seems like just yesterday that the final checkered flag of the 2012 NASCAR season dropped at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Well it’s time to once again check those belts and strap in for another season as we are just weeks away from the start of the new season. Before we know it the green flag marking the official beginning of the 2013 season will fly over Daytona International Speedway. The 55th annual Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th.
Throughout its history, NASCAR has seen many sponsors come and go. One that has stayed with the series since a year after its inception has been Ford. The automobile company has seen the sport grow from its humble beginnings into the multi-million dollar industry that it is today. Fans of NASCAR are often loyal to the products that are promoted during the racing season, including the manufacturers. Loyal fans may even considering purchasing a used Ford for sale in their town just because their favorite driver is behind the wheel of one on the weekends.
Ford’s History in NASCAR
Having a sixty-four year-long relationship with a sport can lead to the sponsor experiencing many highs and lows. Almost from the start, Ford has known success within the series. In 1956 they won their first of nine Manufacturer’s Championships in a span of thirteen years. The company regained the crown in 1992, following a twenty-three year drought. Most recently they brought home the title in 2002. This award is given out each year to the manufacturer who gains the most points through the season. While it may have lost some of its luster over the years, the competition to win this championship is as hard-fought as the one to win the driver’s championship.
Ford’s 2013 Contribution to NASCAR
A new season brings with it a new body style for the drivers and fans of Ford racing to enjoy. The 2013 Ford Fusion will make its track debut in late winter along the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. This season will see the company’s third dual launch effort in history as they released information on their racing and street models at the same time. This model features a much sleeker design then the Fusions of past years.
Off the Track
The beauty of a sport like NASCAR is that the cars involved closely resemble ones which fans can purchase in both new and used models from their local dealers. The quality of these cars is why there are so many used Fords for sale that are in great condition.
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Jake Alexander is a writer who enjoys blogging about NASCAR. Follow him @JakeAlexander17.
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