The road side assistance arm of insurer NTI, Truck Assist, has announced it is switching camps in 2020, moving its backing for the Tekno Holden team to the Tickford Ford  team and the Mustang of Lee Holdsworth.

Tickford Racing announced this week at the final Supercars round in Newcastle that it had signed Truck Assist as the naming rights sponsor for Holdsworth’s No. 5 Ford Mustang.

“I’m absolutely stoked to be able to say I’m staying with Tickford Racing in 2020 and driving the Truck Assist Ford Mustang,” Holdsworth said. “

Truck Assist general manager Alan Hasted echoed Holdsworth’s feelings, as the truck insurance and roadside assistance provider joins the team from next season.

“Lee has had a very strong season back up the front, and we’re very excited to be a part of his 2020 efforts with Tickford Racing,” Hasted said. 

“Supercars provides us with an incredible opportunity to connect with our customers through a shared passion for motor sport. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our involvement with Supercars over the past year, and to join one of the category’s premier teams is a fantastic way for us to continue to build connections with the audience. We can’t wait to see Lee and the Truck Assist Ford Mustang hit the track,” he added.

Team principal Tim Edwards welcomed Truck Assist to the team, adding another brand deeply involved in the sport to the team’s extensive brand portfolio.

“The team at Truck Assist are very committed to the sport, and we’re elated to partner with them from next year onwards,” Edwards added. 

“They believe in what we do as a team, and believe in the overall product of the category, which is really exciting for us and for the sport. We absolutely look forward to working with them and providing them success on and off the track.”

“Lee’s been great for us in and out of the car,” Edwards said. “He gelled with the team straight away at the start of this year, provides great insight in team meetings, and has been great with fans and sponsors. Once he acclimatised to our car the results started coming, and they came in droves. We’re more than happy to continue with Lee, and look forward to seeing him hoist more trophies in 2020.”

With the 2019 season concluding this weekend at the Newcastle 500, the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship kicks off February 20-23 at the Superloop Adelaide 500.

Truck Assist has for the past two years backed Jack Le Brocq in Supercars with the Tekno team and T&B News understands that the company will continue as a perosnal sponsor with Le Brocq when it is announced later this week that he will be moving to Tickford to replace Chas Mostert in the Supercheap Mustang in 2020