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I believe it has to do with Ford's view of the SCCA. There are others who read these posts that have much better information than I.
 

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>Why is Ford not interseted in US Rally?
>Can somebody give me a logical reason?
>American Rally without a American Brand. Pretty funny.

On the Rally NZ re-cap show last night there was a Focus commercial that was almost nothing but WRC footage. Even had the "Professional Drivers on a Closed Course" disclaimer...

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Same reason you don't see major sponsorships from non-automotive companies... not enough return on investment. Since rallying is little known in the U.S. (though it is growing again), Ford is not about to dump a whole load of money unless it translates to sales. So they spend their motorsports budget on NASCAR, CART, drag racing and off-road where there are a lot of U.S. fans.

That said... look for a major ProRally effort involving a Ford product during 2003.
 

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>Key word: "Product" It is not a Ford sponsorship

That is my understanding. The team in question has secured American sponsorship, and that sponsor would prefer to see the team in an American vehicle. Ford is the only American manufacturer that fits the need.

Negotiations are still under way, but I'm sure something will be ready for announcement by Sno*Drift in January... or by Rim in May (2nd event on the tentative SCCA schedule for 2003).
 
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