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FORD GT IS BACK!

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016
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Salinas, Calif., May 2, 2016 – The No. 67 Ford GT ‘Super Car’ took Laguna Seca by storm, winning their first race of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, GTLM class. Roush Yates Engines, working in partnership with Ford Performance powered the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team to a historic first place podium finish in the Continental Monterey Grand Prix.

 

Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, drivers of the No. 67 Ford GT started from P2 and never looked back. Both Ford GT cars showed great pace, posting strong times during practice sessions leading up to race day.  The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teams managed their fuel and tires around the 2.238 mile track and stayed clean through the notorious ‘Corkscrew’ corners.  Both teams ran a one pit stop fuel strategy. In the final two minutes Joey Hand, driver of the No. 66 had to pit for a splash of fuel and finished sixth.

 

Briscoe and Westbrook showed driver skill and patience were key to win the battle off the start finish line to get a clean start and execute the fuel management strategy put in place. Westy drove the No. 67 across the finish line to take the historic checkered flag for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team.

 

“Within minutes of each other Sunday, the Ford GT captured its first IMSA win at Laguna Seca and Ford Fusion claimed victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.” Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer, Ford Motor Company commented on the day.

 

Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together to develop the optimal engine package for the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine, by leveraging the fuel economy and performance technologies of the production twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine. This engine coupled with the Ford GT aerodynamics package contributed to the overall vehicle performance.

“This has been a historic weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates. “I am so proud of the Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance teams for building the winning twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine that powered the Ford GT to their 1st win today. This is a milestone day for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines winning in both IMSA and NASCAR series”.

 

The Ford GTs showed their racing potential, putting it all together in the 4th race of the season to find their way to victory circle for Ford Performance, giving them momentum going to Le Mans.

 

2016 IMSA

WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Schedule:

July 3: Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY

July 8-10: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – Bowmanville, Ontario

July 22-23: Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, CT

August 5-7: Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI

August 26-28: Virginia International Raceway – Danville, VA

Sept.14-18: Circuit of the Americas – Austin, TX

Sept. 28-Oct.1: Road Atlanta – Braselton, GA

 

About Roush Yates Engines  

Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with 3 state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing race engines. 

 

Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT ‘Super Car’.  

 

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.  

 

5 Series – 9 Countries – 114 Races 

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KESELOWSKI, BACK TO VICTORY LANE IN DEGA!

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016
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TALLADEGA, Ala., May 2, 2016 – Keselowski captures his second win of the 2016 season at Talladega, making it his fourth (4th) overall win at the superspeedway.  As the exclusive Ford Performance engine builder for NASCAR, Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance designed, tested and built the winning engine that put the No. 2 in victory lane at the Geico 500.

 

Brad Keselowski, driver of the Team Penske No. 2 made an impressive statement by leading the field for over 46 laps to take the checkered flag in a dramatic restart for the final three (3) laps. The No. 2 led Team Penske to their 2nd overall team win of the 2016 season, Ryan Blaney finished 9th and to round out the top 10 Trevor Bayne finished 10th.

 

Keselowski showed patience and determination during the 500 mile, 188 lap Geico 500.  The No. 2 Ford Fusion battled throughout the race, starting from P7 and quickly moved up to fourth at the drop of the green flag and into P2 within the first nine (9) laps of the race. Keselowski ran strong out front, leveraging the horsepower of the Roush Yates Engines FR9 Ford V8 race engine on the long tri-oval track, taking advantage of the steep banking in the turns and managing to keep clear of the cautions on a track notorious for 3 wide racing and side-by-side drafting.  Brad capitalized on late race cautions by edging out the No. 41 for the lead in the last two (2) laps of the race to put the Ford Fusion in position to win.
“The guys at Team Penske gave me a great Miller Lite Ford and this Fusion was hauling it, said Brad Keselowski.  I’m so proud of everybody at Team Penske.  To be back in Victory Lane with two wins this year, and we feel like we can get a lot more.  We’re growing as a team.  We made a lot of changes at Team Penske and this feels really good, really good.”
“This has been an incredible weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Winning here at one of my favorite tracks and going to victory lane for our first IMSA win with the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 is just remarkable. We have the most dedicated team in Race City U.S.A. [Mooresville, N.C.] and days like this make us all very proud.”

 

Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together over the past 12 years to build superior NASCAR engines. Their dedication and drive to lead the motorsports industry in technological advances has evolved into the world class Ford FR9 V8 engine package. The result of which has earned Roush Yates Engines’ its 257th combined motorsports win.


2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup 

Upcoming Race Schedule:

May 7: Kansas

May 15: Dover

May 21: All-Star (Charlotte)

May 29: Charlotte

June 5: Pocono

June 12: Michigan

About Roush Yates Engines  

Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with 3 state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines. 

 

Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT ‘Super Car’.  

 

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.  

  

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee Robert Yates

Posted on: May 16th, 2016
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Born: April 19, 1943
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Poles: 48
Car Owner Wins: 57
Total Engine Builder and Car Owner Wins: 134
Daytona 500 Wins: 3 (1992, 1996, & 2000)
Championships: 2 (1983 & 1999)

Robert Yates has proven that hard work, true grit, and the quest for excellence will lead to success in NASCAR. Put an engine in front of Yates and he could create horsepower.

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His career started at Holman Moody Racing and Yates quickly became an engine building genius. Assembling winning engines for NASCAR’s greatest drivers, including Hall of Fame drivers Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, and Darrell Waltrip.

In 1988 with the emerging of young driver Davey Allison, Yates sold everything he owned to purchase Ranier-Lundy Racing. As a car owner, Yates won his first race in 1989 at Talladega with Davey Allison in the driver’s seat. Together they would go on to win 15 of Yates’ 57 career wins as an owner in NASCAR’s elite division.

Eventually, Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett joined Robert Yates Racing as they expanded into a two car team. The team of Jarrett and Yates would bring 29 NASCAR Cup races including two Daytona 500 wins and two Brickyard 400 wins.

In 1999, Robert Yates Racing captured the crown jewel of NASCAR by winning the Championship.

From his humble beginnings, Robert Yates reached the upper echelon of NASCAR racing as an innovator, engine building and as a car owner embedding his name into the history books.

Please take a moment and vote Robert Yates into the NASCAR Hall of Fame: http://nas.cr/1q8SsM4.

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LOGANO WINS $1 MILLION AS TEAM PENSKE FINISHES 1-2!

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 23, 2016 – Joey Logano captures his first All-Star Race win at NASCAR’s hometown track, Charlotte Motor Speedway and takes home the $1 million dollar check. Brad Keselowski in his Team Penske Ford finished second for an unprecedented 1-2 finish since the inception of the All-Star Race.  As the exclusive Ford Performance engine builder for NASCAR, Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance designed, tested and built the winning engine that powered the No. 22 to victory lane in the drama packed night.

 

Logano, driver of the Team Penske No. 22 made an impressive statement in his sixth appearance under the lights in Charlotte, taking the lead from Kyle Larson in the last two laps of the final 13 lap shootout. The No. 22 was able to endure the mayhem that ensued from the new 50-50-13 format and green track conditions. Completing the last mandatory pit stop for four tires, the No. 22 came out fast in the Ford Fusion powered by the Roush Yates Engines FR9 Ford V8 race engine. Using his new tires and horsepower to make a dramatic inside pass on No. 42, Larson to take the lead. The night will forever be known as “Midnight Mayhem” as Logano took the checkered flag just after midnight in his special edition 50th anniversary Penske mosaic paint scheme. As an encore, the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski came in second to record in history the first Team Penske one-two finish in an All-Star Race. This also marks Ford’s 30th anniversary win since their first with Bill Elliott in 1986.

 

“I thought our car was fast the whole time, we just didn’t really show the speed in our car until the end.  It was definitely a long-run car as well,” Logano stated. “We needed speed and perfect pits. Thanks to Ford and Roush Yates Engines, we burnt her down at the end of this thing.”

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The Roush Fenway teammates of Trevor Bayne, No.6 and Greg Biffle, No.16 also captured wins on Saturday. Starting the day by each taking home a win in the first and second qualifying segments of the Showdown to advance them into the main event. Bayne showed that he had Roush Yates Engines’ power under his hood by pulling off one of the most fantastic passes of the weekend, taking it three-wide right up the middle to secure his position in the All-Star Race. Both wrapped up the day with strong top 10 finishes.
“This was a great weekend for Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Joey and Brad both drove a great race and to see them come in first and second was exciting and provides great momentum going into the 600 next weekend.”

Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together over the past 12 years to build superior NASCAR engines. Their dedication and drive to lead the motorsports industry in technological advances has evolved into the world class Ford FR9 V8 engine package. The result of which has earned Roush Yates Engines’ its 260th combined motorsports win.


2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup 

Upcoming Race Schedule:

May 29: Charlotte

June 5: Pocono

June 12: Michigan

June 26: Sonoma

July 2: Daytona

July 9: Kentucky

About Roush Yates Engines  

Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with three state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing facility. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines. 

 

Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT ‘Super Car’.  

 

With the unparalleled culture of winning and rich in racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.  

  

5 Series – 9 Countries – 114 Races 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 21: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, crosses the finish-line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)