- Jan 12, 2014
Beloved Ford? He got a Roush deal, he wasn't seeking out to drive a Ford. Same with JGR drivers, or any racecar drivers - they just want the best equipment and best pay they can get. None of the drivers actually care what manufacturer branding is on the car, they're just a paid ambassador.
I don't agree. While there are some examples of that....Harvick is one....there are those who are deep into their manufacturer for a lot of reasons. Now, don't get me wrong, I would agree that manufacturer loyalty would be different for a driver than some cool dude in a TRD hat, but that loyalty exists. Let's take KFB for example, while I cringe every time I see him in his custom Chevy truck, Toyota is deep into KBM both with technical assistance from TRD and feeding drivers from the Driver Development Program. The argument could be made that this is part of his "pay," but this is a different level of OEM loyalty.
Carl was deep with Ford, and Toyota knew it. When he came, he was allowed to come to the terms of his PSA on his own timeline per David Wilson. Toyota knew that Carl was not the face of Toyota, but of Ford. Carl had relationships there, and he went where he could win and, yeah, make a ton of money as Roush was in the midst of a fire sale. Carl's timer on Cup tolerance had been ticking for quite some time I think. He was looking for the ultimate exit show.