Doug began working on the Ford family sprint car when he was 10 years old in 1970. He was the head mechanic on the family car for his brother, Hall of Famer Randy Ford who won the Fremont Speedway sprint championship in 1986. Later, Doug was the head mechanic on Alvin Roepke's sprint car helping him win the 2002 Attica Raceway Park 410 sprint car championship. With Doug turning the wrenches, Randy Ford won a World of Outlaws race at Eldora Speedway and Alvin Roepke won the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park and a 50 lap race at Fremont in the early 2000's.
An engineer at General Motors, Doug enjoyed trying to "out smart" the competition when setting up the car, simply loving the competition.
Doug was a very integral part of planning events, purses, race structure, and more when his dad, Hall of Famer Jim Ford, reopened Fremont Speedway in 2000.