Two Legends, One Car
Start a conversation about NASCAR legends and within minutes you will be talking about David Pearson and the Wood Brothers race team. Leonard and Glenn wood started racing at Morris Speedway near Martinsville, Virginia, way back in 1950. Glenn drove - brother Leonard was the mechanic. From those humble roots a racing powerhouse was born.
Glenn Wood gave up driving duties in 1964 and for nearly four decades the brothers have fielded race cars for some of NASCAR’s greatest drivers. That list includes Curtis Turner, Tiny Lund, Fireball Roberts, Bob Welborn, Dale Jarrett, A.J. Foyt, Glen Wood, Buddy Baker, Marvin Panch, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, Ned Jarrett, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson, Joe Weatherly, Ralph Earnhardt, Neil Bonnett, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, and Bill Elliott.
For the 2011 season the Wood Brothers has renewed its longtime sponsor arrangement with Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane. Rookie sensation Trevor Bayne will assume driving duties for at least 17 Sprint Cup events. At 19, Bayne will be the youngest driver ever to drive the No. 21 Ford Fusion. The team is dedicating this season to NASCAR legendary driver and Hall of Fame inductee, David Pearson.
“As we begin our 61st year, we’re really excited to have Ford Customer Service Division back for the 11th straight year,” said Eddie Wood. “And we’re proud to be able to honor David Pearson as a friend and as a 2011 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.” David Pearson remains second on NASCAR's all-time winners list with 105 career victories.
The paint scheme for Daytona is the same red-and-white car with gold numbers the Wood Brothers ran on their 1971 Mercury that Pearson drove in the spring race at Darlington in 1972.