Archive for March, 2017

Video: No. 41 Kurt Busch & Stewart-Haas Racing wins first Daytona 500

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

DAYTONA 500 – Six different teams represented Ford Performance inside the top-10 at the Daytona 500, including the victory by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch, and a career-best 2nd place finish for Wood Brothers Racing’s Ryan Blaney. Completing the top-10 was Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports in 4th, Joey Logano {2015 Daytona 500 winner} from Team Penske in 6th, 9th Matt DiBenedetto from Go Fas Racing and in 10th Trevor Bayne {2011 Daytona 500 winner} from Roush Fenway Racing.

Courtesy of Ford Performance

Three Ford GTs at Sebring – Building Momentum

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

Mooresville, N.C. – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will send three Ford GTs to the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 18, 2017.

The team will take all the momentum from winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona into the second IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship endurance race of the season at Sebring International Raceway.

The US based teams of  Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sébastien Bourdais in the No. 66 and No. 67 of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon will be joined by the crew from the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing-UK based team, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson competing in the No. 68 Ford GT, to complete the three-car effort.

“This is another great opportunity for our WEC and IMSA teams to work together as the opportunity to data share is invaluable,” said Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “There are not a lot of opportunities for us to get together so when we have the chance we will always try to take advantage of it. Plus, to be able to bring another car to a legendary endurance event like Sebring is something special to all of us.”

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines has won two of the most legendary endurance races in the world of road racing in the last nine months, the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, preceded by the historic win in LM GTE Pro class at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.

KESELOWSKI TAKES FIRST IN ATLANTA

Posted on: March 6th, 2017
Location: post
No Comments
HAMPTON, Ga., March 6, 2017 – Brad Keselowski of Team Penske won his first Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The strong horsepower of the Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines FR9 EFI engine dominated in Atlanta to win Ford’s 30th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Ford Fusions were fast during practice and showed their steam with Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing winning the Aspen Dental Pole Qualifying Friday night followed by No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing qualifying P4 and Team Penske’s No. 2 Keselowski finishing P5.

“Congratulations to Brad on his first win at Atlanta and Roger’s 104th Cup win.” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The Ford Performance teams have worked well together this year as One Ford! We felt positive coming into this weekend that the cars and engines were well prepared for this dynamic track. We are proud to power Ford Performance Teams and help deliver the second win in a row for Ford this year. A special thank you to all of our valued partners that provide products and technical services that drive us to be better.”
The horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI V8 engine was evident as soon as the green flag dropped. No. 4 Harvick utilized this horsepower and found his rhythm early, staying committed to running the bottom line and led a new track record, 292 laps. He went onto win the first and second segments of the race and accumulated the all-important bonus points.
The No. 2 of Keselowski showed patience and persistence coming back from a loose lug nut issue, but he persevered to pass No. 42 Kyle Larson, late in the race to take the lead after the last caution to grab the checkered flag.

“Everybody stayed focused and nobody had to say anything,” commented Keselowski. “We know the deal. We know that this isn’t going to be easy. You have to keep your head down and keep fighting at all times and that’s what we did.”

Ford drivers now lead the championship points race with Stewart-Haas Racing in first and second with No. 4 Harvick and No. 41, Kurt Busch {Daytona 500 winner}, followed by No. 2 Keselowski and No. 22 Joey Logano from Team Penske in third and fifth positions respectively.
2017 is off to a fast start. It’s onto Las Vegas, where No. 2 Brad Keselowski won last year. Can Team Ford make it three in a row? Tune-in to find out, Sunday, March 12th | 3:30 PM ET | FOX. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 288 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

ROBERT YATES | NASCAR HALL OF FAME NOMINEE

Posted on: March 10th, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

MOORESVILLE, NC, March 10, 2017 – The entire Yates family, Roush Yates Engines organization and Yates fans were thrilled to hear that Robert Yates was announced as one of the 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees for 2018. Robert is one of those rare people that found his passion in life early on, ‘building horsepower’ and built a legendary career around pursuing his passion of building championship winning engines.

Winning is synonymous with Robert Yates. Robert found success as both an engine builder and car owner, winning championships in both categories.

As noted by Tom Jensen in a recent Fox Sports article, “Yates was a racer’s, racer.”

Robert was the premier engine builder of the 1960’s and won an amazing 77 races from (1967-1988) as a NASCAR engine builder.

He worked with some of the most famous teams and drivers of the sport; getting his start with Holman-Moody Racing in 1967, working with NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, later leading Allison to a series championship in 1983 with DiGard Racing.

In 1988, Yates was presented with the opportunity to own his own race team and decided to take the next step in his celebrated career and opened Robert Yates Racing (RYR).  Long known for his secret weapon, the notorious ‘Yates horsepower’, this is where he was really able to develop the craft of engine building and do things his way.

Yates’ two car team proved to be one of the most invincible opponents in the NASCAR garage. Winning a total of 57 races and 48 pole positions. Robert Yates Racing provided championship race cars and engines for legendary drivers Davey Allison (also a 2018 nominee), Ernie Irvan, Rick Rudd, Elliott Sadler and David Gilland.

As part of NASCAR’s modern era of team owners, Robert made a name for himself winning the Daytona 500 as a team owner and engine builder in 1992, 1999 and 2000. In 1999, the team also secured a NASCAR Cup Championship with driver Dale Jarrett.

While the ‘Yates Horsepower’ made him a legend; Yates prides himself on the fact that his business started as a true family organization and today Roush Yates Engines is still part of the family passion, to build championship winning engines for Ford Performance lead by son, Doug Yates.

Robert announced his retirement from racing in 2007, but has never been far from the track.

 

 

 

LOGANO WINS XFINITY RACE IN VEGAS!

Posted on: March 13th, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 13, 2017 – Team Penske and the No. 12 of Joey Logano won their first NASCAR Xfinity race of the year Saturday night in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas. This was the third consecutive win for the No. 12 driven by Logano in the Ford Mustang powered by Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines’ FR9 Carb engine.

“Joey drove a great race.” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Team Penske, Joey and Ford Performance. Our teams worked hard and it all came together during the Xfinity race.”

Logano led a race high of 106 laps and persevered five restarts in the last segment of the race, ending with a five lap sprint to victory. After choosing the outside lane for the final restart, Logano was able to capitalize on his track position, a well handling car and the horsepower of the Ford FR9 Carb engine to pass No. 42 Kyle Larson and go to victory lane.

“It was a fun race, for sure,” stated Logano. “First off, what a great group of guys and girls that have been put together for this No. 12 car.”

Logano’s last win in the No. 12 was October 2016 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This made Logano’s 28thcareer Xfinity win and second Xfinity win of the year for Ford Performance.

The Ford Mustangs ran strong with all six finishing in the top 20.
1st – No. 22 Joey Logano | Team Penske
6th – No. 6   Darrell Wallace Jr. | Roush Fenway Racing
9th – No. 16 Ryan Reed | Roush Fenway Racing
10th – No. 22 Brad Keselowski | Team Penske
11th – No. 00 Cole Custer | Stewart-Haas Racing
17th – No. 98 Aric Almirola | Biagi DenBeste Racing
Brad Keselowski and his Ford Fusion edged out the field by .003 seconds to win the Coors Light Pole Qualifying event, running 193.680 mph followed by No. 21 Ryan Blaney from Wood Brothers Racing qualifying P3 and Team Penske’s No. 22 Joey Logano qualifying P6.

Team Penske drivers of Keselowski and Logano led 94 of 267 laps during Monster Energy’s NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Top 20 Ford Finishing Order:
4th – Joey Logano | Team Penske
5th – Brad Keselowski | Team Penske
7th – Ryan Blaney | Wood Brothers Racing
10th – Clint Bowyer | Stewart-Haas Racing
13th – Trevor Bayne | Roush Fenway Racing
14th – Aric Almirola | Richard Petty Motorsports

Ford Performance intends to keep the pedal to the metal as they roll into the second stop of the West Coast Swing; Phoenix. Tune in to see all the NASCAR excitement, Saturday, March 18th at 4:00 PM ET | FOX and Sunday March 19th | 3:30 PM ET | FOX. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 289 WINS – 255 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

IT’S GO TIME: 12 HOURS of SEBRING

Posted on: March 17th, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

Mooresville, N.C., – The Crew, Drivers, Cars and Ford EcoBoost V6 engines are ready to take on the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring.

The race is the second in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC). Ford and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) lead the IMSA WeatherTech manufacturers,’ team and driver points standings after the first round. They trail by two points in the TPNAEC standings, a stand-alone ranking that features North America’s most prestigious endurance races.

Ford Performance and the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teams enter the race with momentum from winning the season-opener, the Rolex 24. What makes Sebring unique and so challenging is much of the circuit’s surface is the remains from the facility’s days as Hendricks Field, a World War II base used to train B-17 crews, known historically as America’s oldest road racing circuit.

Three FCGR teams will be racing in Saturday’s event. The recent Rolex 24 At Daytona winners (GTLM) the No. 66  Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais; No. 67 of Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon; and from the sister FCGR – UK  team the No. 68 of Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson.

It was 50 year’s ago, when Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren won Sebring in 1967, in the original GT40. Will the Ford GT follow in these legendary foot steps?

The race is the final stop on the quest to sweep three of the world’s most legendary endurance races within nine months, which would include the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the historic 50th Anniversary win in June 2016 at Le Mans in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

 

 

FORD MUSTANG GT4 POWERS TO SEBRING POLE & CHECKERED FLAG

Posted on: March 20th, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

Sebring, Fla. March 20, 2017 – The No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4 won its first checkered flag for KohR Motorsport in only its second race in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series at Sebring International Raceway.

The KohR Motorsports car started from the pole position, after Jade Buford recorded a lap time of 2:11.610 to take the pole on Friday. The No. 59 sister-car of Jack Roush Jr.* and Dean Martin earned a third place qualifying position.

After winning the pole, Buford said “Our goal is to lead the race from the start and be leading it at the end.” The No. 60 won the GS class and overall race to achieve Ford’s 50th Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge win.

Buford took the first stint and with just over an hour to go Maxwell jumped in the Ford Mustang GT4 to take over the second stint. A late caution in the race with only 10 minutes, re-stacked the field. At the restart, Maxwell was able to leverage the horsepower of the Mustang 5.2L engine to take over the lead and the checkered flag.

“The car ran flawlessly and the strategy was perfect,” Maxwell said. “It feels good to get the first win for the Ford Mustang GT4. We were so close at Daytona, and in my mind, Sebring is just as special. It was a good win for KohR and Ford Performance and NanoProMT and we earned it.”

“Congratulations Jade, Scott and KohR Motorsports,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “What an accomplishment to win at Sebring, just one race after debuting in Daytona!”

In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) team of Ryan Briscoe*/Richard Westbrook/Scott Dixon also won the pole with Briscoe laying down a 1:55.939 lap time in the No. 67, just edging out the No. 66 sister car of Joey Hand*/Dirk Müller/Sébastien Bourdais. The third Ford GT, from FCGR – UK team of Stefan Mücke*/Olivier Pla/Billy Johnson in the No. 68 started the race in P6.

The three Ford GT cars ran strong the entire race, all taking a turn leading the twelve hour endurance race. The No. 66 took a second podium position with teammates in the No. 67 finishing just off the podium in P4 and the No. 68 in P5.

The Fords will take this momentum as the Ford GTs go out west to Long Beach. Tune-in to see all the excitement on the first street circuit of the season, April 8th. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.
13 CHAMPIONSHIPS • 290 WINS • 258 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: Phoenix and Sebring In Review

Posted on: March 20th, 2017
Location: post
No Comments

Mooresville, N.C. – The 2017 race season is shaping up to be an exciting one.

Last weekend, Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines were racing coast to coast. NASCAR was at their second stop on the West Coast Swing in Phoenix, Ari. and the Road Racing teams were running the second endurance race of the season in Sebring, Fla. at the legendary Sebring International Raceway.

The teams accumulated three poles and one win over the weekend: starting with the No. 60 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge bringing home the pole and first win for the Ford Mustang GT4, followed by the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and lastly the second consecutive pole by Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all powered by Roush Yates Engines’ horsepower.

The Ford Mustang GT4 is a top the IMSA CTSC Driver and Manufacturer leader boards in points.

Ford GT pole winner No. 67 Ryan Briscoe* | Richard Westbrook | Scott Dixon

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team continues to run strong and are leading the Driver, Owner and Manufacturers championship points standings and brought home the 17th combined podium for Ford Performance. 

Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineer along side Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Billy Johnson for the No. 68.

Joey Logano won Team Penske’s second pole of the year.

The Ford Fusions ran strong in the desert with three cars finishing in the Top 10: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | Roush Fenway Racing P4, Brad Keselowski | Team Penske P5, followed by Kevin Harvick | Stewart-Haas Racing P6.

 

Images Courtesy of Ford Performance