BK Racing hires veteran Mike Ford

BK Racing has named Mike Ford director of competition and racing operations.

Ford, 42, joins BKR after a successful career as a crew chief with some of NASCAR’s most prominent organizations. Team owner Ron Devine believes Ford will be a valuable liaison between BKR and Toyota as the company continues to establish a foothold in the Sprint Cup series.

“We are very excited to have Mike Ford join BK Racing,” Devine said. “Mike’s experience will help take BK’s on-track performance to a new level.”

Ford most recently served as the crew chief for both Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola at Richard Petty Motorsports. Prior to that, he led Denny Hamlin to a second-place finish in the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Morristown, Tenn.–native honed his skills with Bill Elliott and Robert Yates Racing before joining Joe Gibbs Racing and overseeing Hamlin’s transition to the Cup series in 2005. Together, the pair made every Chase after that.

BKR is still working on finalizing both its driver and crew chief lineup. Announcements are expected later this month.