Mike Ford (NASCAR crew chief)


Mike Ford (NASCAR crew chief)
Mike Ford
Personal information
Nationality American
Born April 13, 1970 (1970-04-13) (age 41)
Morristown, Tennessee
Sport
Country United States
Sport NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Team Joe Gibbs Racing

Mike Ford (born April 13, 1970) is the NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief for the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry driven by Denny Hamlin. The car is owned by J. D. Gibbs and operated by Joe Gibbs Racing. Ford was born in Morristown, Tennessee.

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Early career

Ford's racing career began in the late 1980s when he worked at SABCO Racing under the direction of Gary Nelson, who now works as NASCAR's vice president of research and development. Ford’s duties included a little bit of everything, including suspension work and car set-up.

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Before joining Elliott’s team, Ford worked as a mechanic and jackman with Jarrett and Yates from 1996-99. During that time, Jarrett never finished lower than third in points, won the 1999 Winston Cup championship, the 1996 Daytona 500, and scored victories in the Brickyard 400 in 1996 and 1999. The team won a total of 18 races during the four-year period.

In 2000, he worked as crew chief in the last year of Elliott’s tenure as an owner/driver. From 2001-2003, Ford worked as crew chief for Bill Elliott at Evernham Motorsports and won four races, including the 2002 Brickyard 400.

Prior to working on the No. 11 car, Ford was crew chief for Dale Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing during the entire 2004 season and 11 races in 2005 season. Ford hired Russ Salerno as his Pit Crew Coach in 2004 to help with pit crew performance. Ford lead Jarrett to a victory in the 2004 Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Personal life

Ford resides in Stanley, North Carolina with his wife, Robin, and their two children Alec and Austin.

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