Ford not only picked up new teams this season in NASCARs Sprint Cup Series it added the reigning series champion.
Long before the 2012 title was decided, Penske Racing announced it would move from the Dodge camp to Ford in 2013. It turned out to be a bigger catch when Penske driver Brad Keselowski won his first series championship in a last-race duel with five-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
Ford will also add a former Toyota driver in Joey Logano, who joins Penske as Keselowskis teammate this season.
Roush Fenway Racing remains the foundation of Fords Cup operation and will field teams for drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and two-time Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
RFR, in its alliance with Doug Yates, will provide engines for RFR, Penske and two Cup teams at Richard Petty Motorsports.
Biffle is the only returning Ford driver to make the Chase for the Cup last season and should be a favorite to qualify again. Edwards, who lost the 2011 title in a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart, is looking to return to the Chase and end a nearly two-year winless streak in the series.
RPM should continue to improve. Almirola had several solid results in his first fulltime season as a Cup driver in 2012 and Ambrose picked up his second career Cup victory.
Front Row Motorsports made several crew chief changes in the offseason in hopes of improving performance in 2013.