GMS Racing adds former Cup crew chief Mike Ford to team

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Former NASCAR crew chief Mike Ford has joined GMS Racing as competition director for its Xfinity Series program, the team announced Wednesday.

Tom Ackerman will continue to serve as competition director for the team’s Camping World Truck Series program.

Ford has 21 career Cup wins as a crew chief. He won 17 races with Denny Hamlin from 2006-11. He won four races with Bill Elliott from 2001-03.

“We are very excited to welcome Mike Ford here at GMS Racing,” said Mike Beam, GMS Racing General Manager, in a statement. “Mike will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the Xfinity Series program. We want to continue to elevate this program, and I feel like he will be able to help us accomplish that goal.”

The organization fields Xfinity cars for Spencer Gallagher and Ben Kennedy.