15 OCT 2019
Kelly Racing joins the Ford stable for 2020
Kelly Racing will compete in the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship using Ford Performance Mustang Supercars, partnering with Ford and Ford Performance. Kelly Racing will also consolidate its Supercars operation to two cars for 2020 following the sale of two of the Teams Racing Entitlement Contracts (REC's).
The manufacturer shift for next year ends the Supercar Nissan era for Kelly Racing that begun with the car of the future program in 2013. Kelly Racing will however continue to run two Altima Supercars in the Dunlop Super2 Series from 2020.
Kelly Racing will prepare its two Mustangs from its Braeside base which includes undertaking its own in-house engine program.
Todd Kelly, Team Principal for Kelly Racing said, "We are excited for the future now we have confirmed the team will run Ford Mustangs in 2020. After 11 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."
"In this competitive environment it has necessitated a reconsideration of our structure to create the optimal model for the future. This has resulted in our consolidation and focus on two Supercars for the 2020 season and our intention includes running two Dunlop Super2 entries from next year.
"We are grateful to Kay Hart and her team at Ford for their interest and support to work with Kelly Racing and we look forward to continuing their success both on and off the race track from next year."
"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."
The Ford Performance Kelly Racing Mustangs will make their debut at the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500, held February 20-23, 2020. Tickets can be purchased via supercars.com.au