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Doug Yates & Dave Pericak Discuss 2017 Season

Posted on: February 14th, 2017
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The 2017 NASCAR season kicks off Saturday, February 18th with ‘The Clash’ at Daytona International Speedway. It has been an exciting and busy off-season. Everyone has been fine tuning their strategies for the 59th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 26th. Doug Yates CEO of Roush Yates Engines and Dave Pericak global director, Ford Performance recently sat down with the media to share their thoughts on the upcoming season.

DAVE PERICAK  – WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR NASCAR IN 2017?  “To continue the progression that you’ve seen hopefully within Ford Performance over the years and prove that we’re taking NASCAR very seriously.  It is a priority for us.  It’s gonna be exciting this year to include Stewart-Haas in the lineup of Fords on the track and to level the playing field a bit … go out there and use everything we’ve learned from aerodynamics, our engine technology and some of the other things we’ve done with the teams – some of the tools that we’ve created and our simulator and everything else and bring it all together so that you can see more Fords running up front.”

DOUG YATES  – THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FORMAT CHANGES AND SCHEDULING TWEAKS.  HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOU FROM AN ENGINE STANDPOINT?  “I think we’re gonna have to work through it and see, but whenever there is change there is definitely an opportunity.  Those are the things we’re gonna have to work on as well as incorporate here into our durability cycle when we test the engines, but it looks we’re gonna have to have our best power, best restart capability and just really take advantage of the new rules and be ready for that challenge when it comes.”

HOW DOES THE 2017 AERO PACKAGE IMPACT AN ENGINE BUILDER?  “Every time they take downforce off the car, they’re off the throttle more.  What we pay attention to is really what the engine sees, what the wide-open throttle time is.  When we had the high downforce package, we had more wide-open throttle time.  When they keep taking downforce off, we have less, so that usually means the RPM spread is greater, which means you have to pay attention to the low RPM performance of the engine. It will be a little bit similar to the start of last year, so we know what to expect and we’ll just work towards tailoring the power curve for that situation.”

DO YOU SEE DURABILITY BEING A MAJOR ISSUE WITH THIS NEW FORMAT?  IF SO, WHAT WILL YOU DO?  “It’s gonna be all new to us.  There’s gonna be harder racing, more competitive racing.  That’s the goal of NASCAR and the NASCAR fans to do that.  It’s our job to find advantages, so, of course, we’re gonna try to push the engine to the limits like we always do and we’ll have to incorporate some of those changes into our dynamometer testing like we said earlier, and anticipate those planned cautions and how many more restarts will we have and how to we optimize that performance.  Really, the question is, and our teams differ on this, is fuel economy gonna matter or not, and will that strategy play in, so a lot of unanswered questions.  But the one that is not ever in dispute is we just need to make as much power and push the limits as hard as we can to give our teams what they need to go out and win races.”

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ENHANCE DURABLIITY OVER WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE?  “I feel like we’re in a really good place for durability.  I’m actually thinking perhaps it’s the other.  You’re gonna have more cautions.  You’re gonna have a shorter first half of the race and more caution laps for sure, so we’re kind of thinking a little bit the opposite – how do we push even harder?  That’s our job.  That’s what we do all the time and more than ever with new teams coming aboard what they need, what their drivers like, and it’s a long season.  It won’t take long to figure out what the new format does.  We also, something we haven’t talked about yet, we have less practice on Saturdays, so total mileage on the engines is gonna be less for the weekend.  That’s something we’re thinking about and talking about and how do we take advantage of that.”

WHAT’S THE BIGGER CONCERN FOR YOU GUYS FROM AN ENGINE STANDPOINT?  THE FORMAT CHANGES OR THE LESS AND RULES PACKAGE?  “Our job is to do both.  I think as far as the aero changes, we just need to make sure our power curve, the torque curve is right and we’re giving the teams what they need, and I think we’ve got a pretty good understanding of that, and I think we’ll work hand-in-hand and get them the right power curves to go win races.  The format is probably more concern to me just because it’s unknown.  What are we gonna need to be prepared for?  What is the race strategy and are we on the right end of that strategy?  Bringing that information back here and trying to get ahead of it.  You win with advantages and that’s what we’re always looking for, so the pace of the first part of the year is gonna be faster than ever because we need to make sure we’re on top of the rules changes.”

IS THE DAYTONA 500 STILL A RACE UNTO ITSELF?  DO YOU PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON THAT ONE?  “I’ll just make it really clear.  The Daytona 500 is the most important race in the world to me.  It goes way back with my family and my dad and my dad now working on that race, and being able to win it early with Davey Allison in 1992 just fueled the fire to try to win as many of them as we can.  Obviously, we want to make all of the Ford fans proud of us when we get down there, and the Ford family, so it’s an important race to us and we’re all-in.  The only question I think Dave asked me when he was in Daytona for the Rolex was, ‘Are we gonna be good for Daytona?’”

DAVE PERICAK CONTINUED – “From my perspective, all of the races are important.  Realizing that you can’t win every one of them, you have to win the big ones, so Daytona is an important one for us, for sure.  We just have a special place in our heart for Daytona.  We’re very proud of our superspeedway program and I’m looking forward to starting the season there.  They’re all important to us, but I think all of us have a bit of a love for Daytona.  From a Ford Performance perspective, I wouldn’t mind going back-to-back wins with the GT and NASCAR.”

DOUG YATES – CAN YOU EXPAND ON HOW MUCH WORK WENT INTO BRINGING ON FOUR ADDITIONAL CARS FROM STEWART-HAAS RACING?  “First, I want to start by thanking Dave Pericak and Ford Performance for bringing on a championship team such as Stewart-Haas.  It’s really an honor to build their engines and we’re looking forward to the challenge.  We started as early as we could just working with their engineers and trying to make sure that we were thinking ahead on some of the system things.  Obviously, we were still racing against each other last year, so until the season was over we couldn’t really go all-in and understand, so, for us as a company, the hiring process, simple things like adding parking spaces, things that you don’t really think about, but our machine shop, which we have about 40 CNC machines now, have been working six days a week, two 10-hour shifts, so pretty much around the clock there making parts.  The shop here, we just have such a dedicated staff of 200 employees at Roush Yates that are really just going all-in to make sure that we’re prepared for the season and that the transition is seamless.  But trying to understand their systems, trying to make sure we dot every I and cross every T as far as that is concerned, and coming to some middle ground on how Stewart-Haas was used to operating the engine, and how we are at Ford Performance has been an interesting thing as well.  There are things that we did different than they were used to in the past that they liked, and there are things we had to compromise on, so it’s a long season and we’ll continue to work with them to make sure we’re getting everything we can out of the car and the engine, but it has been a lot of work.”

 

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LOGANO TAKES THE DAYTONA CLASH!

Posted on: February 20th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, N.C., February 20, 2017 – Joey Logano of Team Penske took the checkered flag for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines in the 2017 Daytona Clash, marking the fourth consecutive restrictor plate win by Team Penske.

Logano commented in victory lane, “It’s cool to win the Clash. We came close last year and it’s really neat to be in Victory Lane and a good start to our day.”

“Congratulations Joey, Roger and Ford Performance,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m so proud of Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines’ team. What an amazing start to the NASCAR season. We look forward to racing in all three NASCAR series at Daytona!”
The 2017 NASCAR Speedweeks kicked off on Sunday with the Clash at the Daytona International Speedway which was postponed Saturday night due to rain. Five Ford Fusions were invited to participate in the invitation only event. No. 2 Brad Keselowski and No. 22 Joey Logano from the Team Penske camp and No. 4 Kevin Harvick, No. 41 Kurt Busch and No. 10 Danica Patrick representing newcomer to the Ford family, Stewart-Haas Racing.

In dramatic fashion, the No. 22 of Logano took the lead on a last lap pass after hooking up with No. 2 Keselowski and new teammate No. 4 Harvick to charge to the front of the pack. Logano took evasive action swinging to the outside lane to avoid a collision between the No. 2 Keselowski and No.11 Denny Hamlin. Logano crossed the start-finish line to claim his first Clash win and Ford Performance’s first since 2004 with Dale Jarrett.

“We’ve had a good Speedweeks and a good superspeedway group last year as well,” Michael Nelson, VP of Operations, Team Penske. “I’m really thankful for Roush Yates Engines, the work those guys have put in in the off-season to try and keep us hopefully where we left off with some superspeedway wins, and the guys at Team Penske really worked hard.”

All the Ford Performance cars ran strong with the Roush Yates Engine FR9 EFI race engine under the hood. No. 10 Patrick finished P4, No. 4 Harvick P5, No. 2 Keselowski P6 and No. 41 Busch P17.

The drivers, cars and engines are ready to build on the momentum from this past weekend’s win and are looking forward to the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 26th at Daytona International Speedway.

To catch all the excitement check out the Daytona 500 Tune-In below or at www.roushyates.com.

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 center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing race engines.

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

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.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 285 WINS – 254 POLES!

PLAY VIDEO: WINNING THE DAYTONA 500 IS A CAREER DEFINING ACHIEVEMENT

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017
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DAYTONA – The Daytona 500 is recognized as the greatest stock car race in the world and on Feb. 26, 2017 the 59th running will take place at Daytona International Speedway.  Ever since drivers ran up and down the famed beach course from 1936-58, Daytona has been synonymous with speed.  The first Daytona 500 at the newly-constructed Daytona International Speedway took place on Feb. 22, 1959 with a field of 59 cars and crowd of over 40,000.  Since then, the race has grown to become one of the top sporting events in the country.

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IT’S GO TIME!

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, N.C., February 22, 2017 – Twenty-Three teams. Twenty-One drivers. Powered by Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. The official 2017 NASCAR season is about to begin on Thursday, February 23rd with the CAN-AM Duels at Daytona International Speedway.

Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines have been partners for the past 14 years and are on a MISSION. After winning last weekend’s NASCAR Clash with No. 22 Joey Logano, this legendary partnership has accumulated 249 (points and non-points) NASCAR wins (119 Cup Series, 105 Xfinity Series and 25 Camping World Truck Series).

Roush Yates Engines’ history at the Daytona International Speedway dates back to 2004 with the debut of the first race engine by Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance. The No. 16, Greg Biffle of Roush Racing won his first career Cup Series pole and No. 38, Elliott Sadler of Robert Yates Racing started outside on the front row, both cars running engines built by Roush Yates Engines.

2017 ushers in a brand new season and new teammates for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. For the first time Stewart-Haas Racing joins the premier teams of Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Front Row Motorsports and Go Fas Racing in running the Ford Fusion powered by the Ford FR9 EFI race engine.
 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a strong contingent of drivers piloting the Ford Mustangs with the Ford FR9 Carb engine. Returning fulltime drivers Bubba Wallace Jr. and Ryan Reed from Roush Fenway Racing, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney in the Team Penske stable and the newcomer Cole Custer for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Camping World Truck Series will also be showcasing several up and coming drivers in Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe from Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) team. These two drivers are part of the new NASCAR multi-tiered development program launched between Ford Performance and BKR.
 

The teams are geared up and ready to build on the last weekend’s winning momentum. To catch all the excitement of the Daytona 500 weekend check out the Driver Line-Up and Tune-In below or go to www.roushyates.com.
 

 

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 center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing race engines.Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR Ford FR9 V8 engine and twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT supercar.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.

 13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 285 WINS – 254 POLES! 

VIDEO: POWERING DAYTONA | ROUSH YATES ENGINES

Posted on: February 24th, 2017
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DAYTONA, Fla., February 24, 2017 – The Daytona 500 is recognized world-wide as “The Great American Race.”  Daytona has always been a special place for Ford and Roush Yates Engines, winning the Daytona 500 four times in the last eight years.

Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines have been partners for the past 14 years and are on a MISSION, after winning last weekend’s Daytona Clash with Joey Logano. The teams are geared up and ready to build on this momentum, with three previous race-winners in Sunday’s lineup; Joey Logano (2015), Trevor Bayne (2011) and Kevin Harvick (2007).

The Teams, the Drivers and the Roush Yates Engines’ power are ready!

“We are not here to practice, we are here to Win!” – Robert Yates

All the racing gets started on Friday, February, 24th | 7:30pm ET with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, followed by the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, February, 25th | 3:30pm ET. Taking center stage on Sunday, February, 26th for the first time will be the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the 59th running of the Daytona 500 at 2:00pm ET.

 

DAYTONA 500 CHAMPION | KURT BUSCH

Posted on: February 27th, 2017
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DAYTONA, Fla, February 27, 2017 – Kurt Busch of Stewart-Hass Racing won the 59th Annual Daytona 500. The legendary horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI V8 engine by Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines, powered the No. 41, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion to their first win.
“Wow, this is unbelievable,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We have a great team, great engines, and great drivers and were able to execute our race strategy. Congratulations to Tony {Stewart}, Gene {Haas}, Kurt and the entire Stewart-Haas organization. To be standing in victory lane for the second night in a row, after winning the Xfinity race last night with Ryan {Reed} and Jack {Roush Fenway Racing} is special to my family and I.”
Team Ford made a statement at the first running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, bringing 14 drivers to the Great American Race. This was the 5th consecutive restrictor plate race win for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. The aerodynamics of the Ford Fusion and the power of the FR9 EFI V8 was a perfect formula to conquer this superspeedway.
“What a great win to start off a partnership. It is so great with Stewart-Haas and to have Kurt win it, our last Ford champion and in his first race back with Ford is fantastic,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president of global product development and chief technical officer, Ford Motor Co. “Everybody worked together so well. SHR, Penske, RPM, and Wood Brothers with the Doug Yates power. We were so fast. We knew we had a good chance and Kurt hung in there after getting caught up in that crash. He didn’t give up.”

A freight train of Ford Fusions were behind Kevin Harvick the No. 4 of SHR when he took the second segment and 10 bonus points, followed by No. 22 Joey Logano in P2 of Team Penske, No. 41 Kurt Busch P3, No. 2 Brad Keselowski P4 of Team Penske and No. 10 Danica Patrick P5 of SHR.

The No. 41, Busch showed patience during the 500 mile race. Losing his rear-mirror with 30 laps to go – Busch said “I couldn’t even see out the back. And I thought that was an omen. Throw caution to the wind.” He battled back after getting caught up in a couple of incidents in earlier segments. It took his experience and a brilliant piece of driving to take the lead on the final lap and take the checkered flag.

“It has been a really long, hard winter, and I am so proud of everyone at SHR and Ford Performance,” said Tony Stewart.  “They really worked their tails off to get ready.  Doug Yates and everybody at Roush Yates Engines brought unbelievable power all week.”

The Fords were out in full force dominating the top of the leader board. They led a total of 76 of the 200 lap race and ended with six Ford Fusions in the top 10.

1st Kurt Busch – Stewart-Haas Racing
2nd Ryan Blaney – Wood Brothers Racing
4th Aric Almirola – Richard Petty Motorsports
6th Joey Logano – Team Penske
9th Matt DiBenedetto – Go Fas Racing
10th Trevor Bayne – Roush Fenway Racing
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300 race, Saturday night, the No. 16 Ryan Reed of Roush Fenway Racing found himself in victory lane for the second time in three years at Daytona. Reed drove a tough race all night, powered by the Ford FR9 Carb engine, overcoming car damage and a fierce battle with Kasey Kahne in overtime to take the lead and the victory! No. 22 Brad Keselowski of Team Penske would finish P4.
“If you want it bad enough, you’re willing to put in the hours, and everyone knows Roush Fenway is and myself, and Lilly Diabetes and everyone else, Ford and Roush Yates and everyone who touches that race car, they’re committed to winning,” commented Reed. “So when we come down here and do it, it’s not a surprise to us because we worked hard to do it.”
With the 2017 format and rule changes it was important that the right adjustments were made to the engines up to race day. In an era where the competition is so close it is more important than ever that our extended team, resources and partners work collaboratively to evolve not only the engines, but the sport of racing into the best brand of racing fans have ever seen.

It has been an exciting Daytona Speedweeks, but it’s on to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Sunday, March 5th | 2:30pm ET | FOX. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS • 287 WINS • 254 POLES!

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 and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines.

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines 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 • 128 RACES

GALLERY: One. Two. Three. Four. ‘Ford’

Posted on: February 28th, 2017
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Mooresville, N.C. – Four weeks into the 2017 race season and the partnership of Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines have brought home four wins.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing kicked off the 2017 race season by capturing the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 66 trio of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais.

As we moved into NASCAR Daytona Speedweeks the momentum kept building with the No. 22 Joey Logano from Team Penske winning the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Clash. During the second week of Daytona, No. 16 Ryan Reed from Roush Fenway Racing won the Xfinity PowerShares QQQ 300. The first month of racing was topped off with the No. 41 Kurt Busch from Stewart-Haas Racing winning the 59th Annual Daytona 500. 

We are looking forward to building on this momentum as we go into Atlanta this weekend. 

Hope you enjoy some of our most memorable moments.