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NASCAR SHARPIE 500 PRACTICE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY, BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
NASCAR race car driver Denny Hamlin, right, talks with crew chief Mike Ford during a practice session for the Sharpie 500 NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Aug. 25, 2006. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)
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Mike Ford (born April 13, 1970 in Morristown, Tennessee) is the NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief for the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry currently driven by Denny Hamlin. The car is owned by J. D. Gibbs and operated by Joe Gibbs Racing.

Ford's racing career began in the late 1980s when he worked at SABCO Racing under the direction of Gary Nelson, who now works as NASCAR's vice president of research and development. Ford’s duties included a little bit of everything, including suspension work and car set-up.

Prior to working on the No. 11 car, Ford was crew chief for Dale Jarrett at Robert Yates Racing during the entire 2004 season and 11 races in 2005 season. Ford hired Russ Salerno as his Pit Crew Coach in 2004 to help with pit crew performance. Ford lead Jarrett to a victory in the 2004 Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mike Ford."
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