V8 Supercars – FPR Set To Announce New Driver

August 8, 2011

V8 Supercars

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) will have a new driver in season 2012 following Paul Dumbrell’s decision to step back from full-time racing to concentrate on other interests.

Dumbrell will continue to drive the #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon in the remaining events of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship before his seat will be taken over next year by a soon to be announced driver.
The V8 Supercar race winner paid tribute to team owner Rod Nash and everyone at FPR.
“The last two seasons at FPR have been great and easily the most successful time I’ve ever had and I am incredibly grateful for that, but it is sad to hang up my helmet from a full time perspective and move onto the next stage of my life at the ripe old age of 28,” Dumbrell said.
“Together with Rod I enjoyed our first podium, race win and pole position so it has been great to do that with such a great friend. Our association with FPR over the last two years has really paid off and I wish he and the team all the very best for the future.”
Nash, who uses FPR to prepare and run car #55, worked closely with Dumbrell to discuss the options available for all parties in the coming seasons as the pair wanted to ensure the best possible outcome was reached.
“Paul and I have been going racing together since he was a teenager so we have enjoyed a long association and in recent times, a successful one,” Nash said.
“We are in this sport to stand on the podium and it was great to achieve that with Paul given the long association between our respective families.
“However, I can now work with FPR to build on the foundation we have established across the last two seasons and I look forward to announcing the identity of our new driver in the near future.”
Dumbrell will be released from the final year of his three-year contract, though Nash is keen to retain his services as an endurance race driver within the FPR fold.
FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards said the addition of a new driver further strengthens the factory Ford team.
“It is an exciting time to be at FPR with our improving performances on track, the ever-closer Car of the Future project and now with a new driver set to join the factory Ford team,” Edwards said.
“We have a lot of big plans for the team in the coming years so the addition of a new driver will be a further boost.”  
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