Mike Ford leaves BK Racing, joins Nationwide Series team

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  Mike Ford, crew chief of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Mike Ford has left BK Racing in order to join Athenian Motorsports.

Ford will take over as the crew chief for driver John Wes Townley in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning with this weekends race at Kansas Speedway.

“It’s a good opportunity. You know, in this environment you don’t see too many teams trying to grow,” Mike Ford said. “So when you have one that is trying to grow and move forward, that is always exciting. We have our challenges in front of us, having to put a group of guys together in the short term, in the middle of the season, is always a challenge but I feel like we’ve gotten some really good talent on the Zaxby’s Nationwide (Series) team. I’m really encouraged with that. I think that with the races that were put together by Mike Beam and his guys- there’s definitely a platform there to start with and improve. We are looking to take what has already been started and elevate it to the next level. It might take a couple of weeks to see where we need to work and improve but I’m encouraged with it and excited for the challenge.”

The veteran crew chief has spent more than 20 years in NASCAR serving as a crew chief since 2000, most notably with driver Denny Hamlin at Joe Gibbs Racing.