Fords RULE,Holdens drool.
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Toongabbie NSW
This on the DJR story.
Johnson split denied by Ford
By Ray Kershler
July 26, 2004
DESPITE persistent speculation that Ford racing legend Dick Johnson has had talks with Holden, a senior Ford official yesterday denied any split.
Steve Kruk of Ford Racing said he believed talk of a defection was "nothing but speculation".
"We have had talks with Dick and all our talks have been about making Dick Johnson racing better, faster and stronger," Kruk said.
Kruk acknowledged that the DJR team was having a lean trot in V8 Supercar racing but was confident that would be turned around.
"I don't believe Dick wants to leave Ford and I don't believe Ford wants Dick to leave and I don't believe Ford fans want Dick to leave," he said.
"I look forward to seeing them back on the podium and winning races."
Kruk said Ford had a long-term contract with Johnson but refused to divulge details.
Johnson again refused to fuel the speculation which started in pit lane at the Winton round of the V8 Supercar championship on Saturday.
Despite denials since then by both Ford and Holden officials, stories persisted yesterday that Johnson had had talks with Holden.
Central to the speculation is the suggestion that Ford's downgraded support for DJR has sewn seeds of discontent.
DJR is believed to have been dropped down the pecking order in Ford financial support behind the factory backed Ford Performance Racing and the 2003 championship-winning Stone Brothers teams.
Even the possibility of Johnson defecting to Holden has rocked motor racing.
Johnson, who won three Bathurst 1000 races and won the Australian touring car championship five times, established himself as a Ford legend.
He retired from V8 Supercar racing in 1999 and since then DJR has had some lean years in terms of racetrack results.
The team, which campaigns with major support from Shell oil company, currently employs Johnson's son Steve and newcomer Warren Luff as drivers.
The Daily Telegraph.
Got this from foxsports news website.Hope it clears up any confusion.