The Yates-HoF deal has been confirmed. While the teams will still be two separate entities, Hall of Fame Racing will move operations to the Yates Racing shop and switch to Ford.
UPDATE: Yates Racing and Hall of Fame Racing (HOF) announced an alignment of their two teams. Under the agreement, Yates Racing will operate the #96 Sprint Cup entry of Hall of Fame Racing for the full 2009 Sprint Cup schedule. Doug Yates and Max Jones will continue as co-owners of Yates Racing, while Tom Garfinkel and Jeff Moorad will continue as co-owners of Hall of Fame Racing. With the recent expansion of the Yates Racing facilities, the #96 Ford Fusion will operate out of the Yates Racing complex, located in Concord, N.C. â€œThis partnership with Hall of Fame is a great stepping stone for the Yates organization,â€ said Max Jones, co-owner and General Manager of Yates Racing. â€œThrough this partnership, we are able to continue the expansion of our shop and field another Sprint Cup entry. We, along with Ford Racing, welcome Hall of Fame Racing and look forward to a very successful season.â€
â€œJeff Moorad and I knew it would take time to construct the right model to improve our competitive position in the sport and we think weâ€™ve come a long way to achieving that through our association with Yates Racing,â€ said Tom Garfinkel, co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing. â€œWeâ€™re proud to be associated with Doug and Max and Ford Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.â€ The Hall of Fame Racing entry will make its competitive debut at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, February 12 during the Gatorade 150 qualifying races.(Yates Racing PR)(1-13-2009) Comment here