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Bayne returns to Daytona with Wood Brothers, Ford

January 05, 2012, Sponsor Release,

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Motorcraft named primary sponsor on No. 21 for 12 Cup Series races in '12

Ford Customer Service Division announced Thursday that its brands Motorcraft and Quick Lane will continue to support the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford in the Cup Series in 2012, with defending Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne behind the wheel.

Bayne, who delivered Wood Brothers their fifth Daytona 500 triumph in just his second start last season, said he's pleased to be putting any off-season uncertainty behind him.

"I'm excited," Bayne said. "It's a big deal for me. It's what I had hoped for. We're all excited to be back together."

Team co-owner Eddie Wood said he too is pleased to have Bayne back behind the wheel of his family's race car.

"It's taken a long time to get to this announcement, but it's good to be back together," Wood said. "We all wanted to do what was best for Ford Motor Company and its young drivers, and to be sure everybody had a place to race."

Motorcraft will be the primary sponsor on the No. 21 for 12 races beginning with the Daytona 500 next month. will also be an associate sponsor in 2012.

Beginning next week, Bayne and team return to Daytona International Speedway for Preseason Thunder testing and will try to figure out a way to adapt to a new rules package in order to defend their 500 victory.

"It's going to be very different at Daytona," Bayne said, referring to a rule change that will block off air to the car's radiator and thereby limit the two-car tandem racing that Bayne so quickly adapted to. "It'll be like starting all over again, but that's OK.

"We'll just go try to do it again."