The Kelly Racing stable will switch to Ford Mustangs for the 2020 Supercars Championship season, while also announcing it will scale back its team to two cars.

The four-car outfit has campaigned increasingly uncompetitive Nissan Altimas since 2013, with its six-year factory programme yielding just three race wins.

With the Altima increasingly showing its age, team co-owners Todd and Rick Kelly have struck a deal to become the grid’s third Ford team where it will boost the presence of the ‘Blue Oval’ to eight cars next year.

Its 2020 driving line-up is expected to consist of Rick Kelly and Andre Heimgartner.

“We are excited for the future now we have confirmed the team will run Ford Mustangs in 2020,” said team boss Todd Kelly. “After 11 seasons in Supercars we step into a Ford Mustang that is a proven race winner and will provide us with our best opportunity for success in the future.

“In this competitive environment it has necessitated a reconsideration of our structure to create the optimal model for the future. This has resulted in our consolidation and focus on two Supercars for the 2020 season and our intention includes running two Dunlop Super2 entries from next year.

“We are grateful to [Ford Australia CEO] Kay Hart and her team at Ford for their interest and support to work with Kelly Racing and we look forward to continuing their success both on and off the race track from next year.”

“Working with Kelly Racing builds on the already fruitful partnership we have with [DJR Team Penske] and Tickford Racing,” added Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director.

“Kelly Racing has an impressive pedigree in terms of both engineering and their driver talent, and we see its switch to Mustang as an opportunity to combine their highly skilled outfit with Ford Performance DNA.”

Image via Kelly Racing

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