Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers are returning, as sponsors, for 14 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events next season. This will be their 18th season as a major sponsor for the iconic Wood Brother Racing team.
The look of their No.21 Ford Fusion may be staying the same but, the man behind the wheel won’t be. Paul Menard will be taking over driving duties for Ryan Blaney in the 2018 season.
With 14-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran Menard taking over, Blaney will be left to transition to a third full-time team with Team Penske. According to NASCAR.com, Brett Wheatley, executive director of North America Ford Customer Service Divsion had this to say:
We are very excited about the future of our association with Wood Brothers Racing with Paul Menard behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21. The announcement today solidifies the full-time status of Wood Brothers Racing going forward, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of that.
We have certainly enjoyed having Ryan behind the wheel of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion these past couple of years and look forward to watching him the rest of the season and throughout the playoffs and hope to send him off to Team Penske with a NASCAR championship and help to score the Wood Brothers their historic 100th win.