Wood Brothers Racing has just set the stage for Harrison Burton’s rookie season. The team unveiled the # 21 Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane schematic that references history as they move forward with updated rule changes.
The NASCAR Cup Series team gave their first look at program # 21 on Monday, November 22. Wood Brothers Racing posted a short clip that showed the previous generation Ford with five studded wheels in iRacing. The clip then moved on to the Ford Next Gen which features single studded wheels and numbers on the front of the door.
The scheme has similar elements to older stock cars, but there are also some notable differences. For example, Wood Brothers Racing added a blue band that separates the red and white parts of the diagram. Additionally, there is a huge Ford Motorcraft logo in the area where the door number was located.
The red and white program has been a key part of the history of the WBR
The unveiling of the red and white scheme continues an important tradition for the racing team. Wood Brothers Racing featured a bevy of drivers in the No.21, all of whom got behind the wheel of a red and white stock car.
Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, Michael Waltrip, Paul Menard, Ricky Rudd and AJ Foyt are just a few examples of the drivers who controlled the No.21 Ford and showed off the gold door numbers. Burton will now continue this tradition by becoming the first driver to drive the organization’s Next Gen car with 99 wins.
Of course, these diagrams were vastly different from each other due to some intricate details. Some had red only on the roof while others incorporated sharp dots with the door number between them. The 2022 version has an enlarged red section that covers more of the grille area.
Burton completed his first next-gen laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR fans won’t see Burton competing in his first official race until Busch Light Clash weekend at LA Memorial Coliseum on February 5-6. However, they did see a few test runs take place during the two-day Next Gen organizational test on November 17-18.
Burton shared number 21 with Team Penske’s Austin Cindric during the two-day session and walked away with strong words about his experience. He said it was “a little scary” because he had never driven anything like the Next Gen race car. He went on to explain that discovering the car was fun.
“This Mustang is awesome,” Burton told Ford Performance for a video on Twitter. “This next generation Mustang is so cool. When you see him driving, he looks like streetcars. It’s awesome, and it’s cool to see them on the race track.
The # 21 Ford did not have the Ford Motorcraft decals on the trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team chose to bring a basic black car with gold numbers. Although Burton still wore his Ford Motorcraft branded fire suit.
Once the season begins, Burton will head to the track with the Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane program as one of his primaries. He will strive to become the first driver since Blaney in 2017 to place the Ford Wood Brothers Racing in Victory Lane, starting with the Daytona 500 on February 20.
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