NASCAR is loosening up its playbook to allow a little more freedom in design for trucks in the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
On Thursday, Ford unveiled its 2020 racing Ford NASCAR F-150 set to make its racing debut next year at Daytona. The truck was developed at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, design center and at the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina.
“We’re proud to be the first to show off our 2022 NASCAR truck today,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance. “The Ford F-150 is the pride of the Ford truck lineup so we’re glad to be able to update the race version to show off the dynamic front end styling that is truly F-150. We can’t wait for our teams to get on track with it next February in Daytona.”
NASCAR is allowing Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to update their truck noses and tails next year to more align with the vehicles that find their way to the driveways. For Ford, that means a new composite nose surface that more resembles a production F-150, as well as new composite hood and tail areas. The hood, now steel sheet metal, will be composite for 2022. The new-look fender will remain sheet metal.
“It is great to have a new look for our NASCAR Truck Series F-150 starting next year,” said Hailie Deegan, driver of the No. 1 F-150 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for David Gilliland Racing. “The aggressive look of the nose and the other styling changes really mirror the production F-150 and in the process has helped improve some areas such as aerodynamics for us on the track starting next season.”
Deegan is featured in a reveal filmed at the Ford Motor Company Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and nearby Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan.
“We’re always looking for ways to be more relevant for our OEMs,” John Probst, NASCAR’s senior vice president of innovation and racing development, told NASCAR.com. “One of the ways to do that is to have the products on the race track more accurately reflect what’s available in the showroom. I think you’ll see a lot more characteristics of the production trucks in the trucks that you see on track in 2022.”
Not every team will sport the new body styles next season, as NASCAR has said it will approve the 2021 bodies to race in the Truck Series to help keep down costs.
Ford, which will be seeing its first Manufacturers’ Championship in the Truck Series since 2000, will once again be joined on the grid by the Chevrolet Silverado and the Toyota Tundra. Toyota leads this year’s Truck Series standings among manufacturers, while defending champion Chevrolet is second.
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