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KESELOWSKI CONQUERS THE PAPERCLIP!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2017
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Martinsville, Vir., April 3, 2017 – Brad Keselowski took home the coveted grandfather clock from Martinsville Speedway, better known as the “Paperclip” to NASCAR fans. The smallest track in NASCAR delivered a big win for Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines. As the exclusive Ford Performance engine builder for NASCAR, Roush Yates Engines powered the No. 2 to victory lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 on Sunday.

Ford Performance has made 27 visits to victory lane in Martinsville, dating back to their first in 1961 with Fred Lorenzen. This was the first for Roush Yates Engines and the Ford FR9 EFI race engine with Ford Performance. The win also came on Roger Penske’s 1,000th NASCAR start and marked the 56th victory of all-time for Team Penske with Ford and the 13th for Keselowski.

“Congratulations to Brad on his first win at Martinsville,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was an epic battle all afternoon and to have four Fords in the top 10 is remarkable! Every win is special, but getting our first win in Martinsville with Ford Performance is something extra special.”

Martinsville is all about patience and trying to keep your car clean. The No. 2 of Keselowski showed immense patience during the 500 lap race and except for a minor side body rub early on in the race, the No. 2 was pristine.

The race turned into a battle of the ages between Keselowski and Kyle Busch during the last 60 laps of the race. After trading the lead multiple times, the No. 2 set up Busch one last time, on lap 458 to take over the lead for the final time on his way to collecting the checkered flag. Keselowski led a total of 116 out of the 500 lap race.

“This is awesome!” Keselowski stated in victory lane. “We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home. Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here. This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here. It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock.”

Keselowski continues to run strong, this his second win and his 5th top five finish of the year.

Four Ford Fusions rounded out the top 10 in Martinsville. Team Penske’s No. 2, Keselowski and No. 22, Joey Logano finished first and fourth respectively and the No. 14, Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing drove a stellar race to finish seventh followed by No. 17, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing rounding out the top 10.
“I think the commitment that Ford Performance has made is a byproduct of Edsel’s commitment to the program,” commented Roger Penske during the Martinsville press conference. “Bringing on Stewart‑Haas and the partnership that we have with the 21, which is obviously supported with Ford, I think that it was terrific. To have him here driving the pace car, you couldn’t plan anything any better. For me, delivering for Ford was special, and to see the cars and how competitive we’ve been here since the beginning of the season makes us feel good about the next several weeks. But as we all know, win early is great, but you’ve got to win late.”

NASCAR heads south to Texas Motor Speedway. Tune-in for the O’Reilly Parts 500 Sunday, April 9th | 1:40 PM ET | FOX. The Ford GTs will be back on the track, as well in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, April 8th | 4:05 PM ET start time.  Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS • 291 WINS • 259 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 | LEGENDARY ENGINE BUILDER & CAR OWNER

Posted on: April 5th, 2017
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Robert Yates | 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee

Career Highlights:

  • NASCAR Championship Team Owner for Dale Jarrett- 1999
  • Premier NASCAR Engine Builder with 77 wins – 1967-1988
  • NASCAR Championship Engine Builder with Bobby Allison – 1983
  • NASCAR Engine Builder for Richard Petty’s 199th and 200th win
  • Daytona 500 Engine Builder and NASCAR Team Owner- 1969, 1982, 1992, 1996, 2000
  • 3 time Winning Daytona 500 NASCAR Team Owner – 1992, 1996, 2000
  • 2 time Winning Brickyard 400 NASCAR Team Owner – 1996, 1999
  • 57 Wins and 48 Poles as a NASCAR Team Owner

Awards:

  • Recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence – 2000
  • Recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award for lifetime achievement in NASCAR – 2007
  • Recipient of the Bruton Smith Legends Award – 2010
  • Inducted into NASCAR Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into NMPA Hall of Fame

For nearly 40 years, Robert Yates worked in the sport of stock car racing, steadily and progressively building a legendary career that made him part of NASCAR history.  Yates officially retired from team ownership in November 2007, however, retirement was brief. In 2010, Robert Yates Racing Engines formed and the company was named the exclusive provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine.

Yates has made a name for himself as one of NASCAR’s modern era top team owners, ultimately securing a NASCAR championship with driver Dale Jarrett in 1999. From the day he opened the doors of Robert Yates Racing (RYR) for business in 1988, Yates used his secret weapon to build the championship-winning organization. That secret weapon is the notorious Yates horsepower. While that horsepower made him a legend, Yates prides himself on the fact that his business started as a true family organization and continues as such today with his son, Doug, leading the engine-building efforts of the Roush Yates Racing Engines business.

Yates has been one of the circuit’s premier engine builders since the 1960s when he provided engines for legendary drivers such as Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.

In 1967, Yates joined Holman-Moody Racing – Ford’s stellar factory operation – as the manager in the team’s air gauge department. He worked hard to transform bored blocks into some of the most powerful race winning engines for the Wood Brothers and Junior Johnson. That was only the beginning and he quickly progressed in the sport, joining legendary driver/car owner Junior Johnson’s racing stables in 1972 to oversee engine development. Legendary racers Yarborough and Allison were some of the early beneficiaries of Yates’ engine-building genius. Yates earned 30 wins as an engine builder from 1969 – 1975.

From 1976 to 1985, Yates provided horsepower for the DiGard Racing team for drivers including Ricky Rudd, Greg Sacks, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison. It was during his tenure at DiGard that Yates served as chief engine builder for Bobby Allison’s 1983 NASCAR Championship team. Yates also served as Richard Petty’s engine builder for his 199th and 200th win and Greg Sacks’ 1985 Daytona win.

“Robert is the very best engine builder I know of anywhere.  I mean ANYWHERE!  Robert would work all night to get the job done and done right.” – Bobby Allison former Robert Yates Racing Driver

In early 1986, Yates briefly left racing to work on the development of Ethanol synthetic fuel. But the desire for the world of competitive auto racing was still present. It wasn’t long before Yates knew where he should be. By August, he returned to the garage area as team manager for Ranier/Lundy Racing and started his own engine business.

Almost two (2) years after joining the Ranier/Lundy Racing organization, Yates’ years of hard work under the hoods was rewarded and he was afforded the opportunity to purchase the team from its current owners. With Davey Allison’s encouragement, Yates took his career to the next level and opened the doors of Robert Yates Racing (RYR) in 1988.


Yates and his first driver Davey Allison teamed up with great success. The team contended for the championship ending up a close third in a year when the championship was decided in the closing laps of the final race. The following year, Allison was killed in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway – the first of some of the hardest times for Yates and his organization. Toward the end of the 1993 season, up-and-coming driver Ernie Irvan was tapped to become Allison’s full-time replacement.  The combination of Yates and Irvan proved to be a competitive one as the No. 28 Yates-owned team battled back and forth through the first half of the year with the late Dale Earnhardt for the 1994 championship. A fateful crash at Michigan, however, ended Irvan’s quest for the title and once again left Yates searching for a replacement.

“I worked for several owners, but Robert Yates was the most well rounded of them all!  He understood every aspect of a race car and a race team.  He understood the car, the engine, strategy and the business side of it as well. You would never know he was the owner because he was always with us in the trenches just being one of the guys. Robert Yates taught me so much about winning, losing and about life in general. He was and is the ultimate owner, racer and friend!” – Larry McReynolds former Roush Yates Racing Crew Chef 

“I enjoyed my time at Robert Yates Racing. We were always serious about racing and serious about winning races, especially Robert. He is the type of person that is always there for you. When I got hurt he came to visit me and told me that he would have a car ready for me when I was ready to go back racing. And he did. NASCAR took a lot of stock in what Robert told them about me and they allowed me back into racing.  I have Robert to thank for having such a long career as a race car driver. I’m very proud to be a friend of Robert Yates and one of his previous race car drivers.“ – Ernie Irvan former Robert Yates Racing NASCAR driver

That replacement would end up being the son of a NASCAR legend who hailed from the small town of Hickory, N.C. Dale Jarrett and Yates teamed up for the first time in 1995. After a fairly successful first season together, Yates decided he wanted to hold on to the talent of Jarrett, and decided to expand his organization into a two-car operation. Jarrett began piloting the No. 88 car in 1996 and quickly proved to the racing world that Yates instincts were validated by winning both the Busch Clash and the Daytona 500.  Yates was able to capture his first Winston Cup Championship with Jarrett behind the wheel in 1999.

“From the very first day I walked into the Robert Yates Racing Shop I learned that Robert knew every aspect and detail of his shop from the broom handle to board room. Robert Yates was the smartest person in the racing industry from being the premier engine builder, to aerodynamics, to chassis knowledge. He was the every and all of NASCAR racing competition and racing operations. And tremendously respected as such.”  – Dale Jarrett – former Robert Yates Racing NASCAR Driver

The start of the 2000 season began with Yates fielding cars for two of NASCAR’s most talented veterans in Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd. From 2000 to 2002, Jarrett and Rudd combined for 11 NASCAR wins, 71 top fives and 114 top 10s. The teammates in the top 10 in driver point standings all three seasons – solidifying Robert Yates Racing’s spot among the most successful teams in NASCAR history.

In 2003, Yates hired the talent of a young driver by the name of Elliott Sadler. Sadler was teamed with Jarrett in the hopes he would be able to take advantage of Jarrett’s expertise as a mindful veteran. Sadler started 2004 with a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500, and six races later won at Texas Motor Speedway.  He stayed in the top-10 in points all season, and won at California Speedway. He made the Chase, and finished a career high ninth in the championship standings. In 2005, Sadler clinched four poles. He finished 13th in points. In 2006, Sadler won the pole position at Talladega.

“Robert was a good owner and a great friend. I looked to him as a father figure while racing and his will to win always trickled down through the shop. His passion was second to none.” – Elliott Sadler – former Robert Yates Racing NASCAR Driver

Robert Yates and Jack Roush spent decades as rivals in business and racing before deciding to team up in 2004 with Ford’s support. The resulting company, Roush Yates Engines is an alliance of these two racing legends. The joining of forces has proved to be a winning formula. The awesome power of these two engine builders turned into immediate success with the winning of the 2004 Nextel Cup championship and 19 Nextel Cup race wins in the first year and a half after teaming up.

 

In August 2006, David Gilliland replaced Elliott Sadler as the driver of the M&M’s Ford. On October 7, he qualified on the pole for at Talladega, the first pole of his career.

In 2007, Ricky Rudd returned to Yates’ team to drive the No. 88 Ford full-time.  On February 11, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway, both of Yates’ cars qualified on the front row for the Daytona 500. David Gilliland qualified on the pole with Rudd was alongside in second.

“Robert contributed a lot to racing with his knowledge and determination. He is a great racer and displayed good ethics along the way. Robert Yates built the prettiest sounding engines you’ll ever hear. They ran free & effortless with the highest RPM’s. They were Amazing and Powerful!”  – Leonard Wood former NASCAR crew chief, engine builder and co-founder of Wood Brothers Racing

Since RYR’s inception in 1988, Yates’ two-car team proved to be one of the most invincible opponents in the NASCAR garage. As a team owner, you want to win therefore you work hard. On September 7, 2007, Robert Yates announced his retirement as President of Robert Yates Racing following the last race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season.  Yates continued with his joint ownership of Roush Yates Racing Engines as well as other ventures. In September 2009, Yates sold his share of Roush Yates Engines to his son, Doug Yates.

In 2010, a new business brought Robert Yates out of retirement and back into NASCAR to form Robert Yates Racing Engines. The company was named the exclusive North American provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine. Robert Yates Racing Engines offers the Spec Engine for purchase either as a kit or fully assembled, dyno operation as well as a complete list of replacement parts or engine maintenance services for any existing or future customer. Currently, the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine is an alternative in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and select tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

Birth date:                    April 19, 1943

Hometown:                Charlotte, N.C.

 

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FORD GT, No. 67 TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AND POLE AT SILVERSTONE!

Posted on: April 17th, 2017
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FORD GT, NO. 67 TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG & POLE AT SILVERSTONE!
Silverstone, UK, April 17, 2017 – In the 2017 debut FIA event, the No. 67 Ford GT brought home the first win of the World Endurance Championship season. Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines powered the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK team to victory circle in the 6 Hours of Silverstone, with the twin turbo Ford V6 EcoBoost race engine.
“What a way to start off the FIA season,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations Andy, Harry and Pipo on the win and pole. Winning an endurance race is a big team effort. Through the leadership and vision of Ford Performance we have been sharing information across our various engine programs and teams to ensure success at the race track. We are so proud to be part of the One Ford team.”

Drivers of the No. 67; Andy Priaulx (GB), Harry Tincknell (GB) and newcomer to the trio Pipo Derani (BRA) from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) in the LMGTE Pro class, were able to convert the pole position on Saturday into a victory on Sunday and record the maximum number of points (26 = 25 points race win and 1-point pole).

The team showed patience, managing tires and clean pit stops were key to the six-hour endurance race. The trio took advantage of a full course caution that came late in the race to make a quick driver exchange from Derani to Tincknell and take the lead of the race.

The Ford WEC teams are based in Greatworth, UK – not far from Silverstone, so the teams consider Silverstone their home track. It is a great circuit for the Ford GT with its slow sections, where tire grip is required and high-speed sections with long straights, where the power of the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine was leveraged. The No. 67 and No. 66 maneuvered the 5.901 kms (3.667 mile) circuit brilliantly to lead the majority of the 1,009 kms (627 miles) race.

Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (US) drivers of the No. 66 sister car also had a stellar race, leading for a portion of the race, but ultimately finished just off the podium in P4.

“That was a fabulous way to start the season,” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “To come out fighting like this, to take pole position and win the race with the No. 67 car is just amazing and much more than we expected. It was a shame for the No. 66. They were in with a shout before they got messed about a bit with the safety car. I’m not going to complain though as it has been a great kick off to our season. I’m really happy with the work we’ve done over the winter on fine-tuning the car and with the great support we’ve had from Michelin with the tyres.”

All the preparation for the first 2017 World Endurance Championship race paid off. The FCGR teams went the extra mile in preparing, by participating in two IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship events, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Six Hours of Sebring with US sister cars. This gave not only the drivers and teams race data to work with, but also the engineers, to find that fraction of difference in speed that paid dividends in winning the race.
New for 2017, the GT teams are now fighting for World Championships, since the FIA gave full World Championship status to the GTE Drivers and Manufacturers titles. In addition, one rule change will make a big difference to the team tire strategy. They will now have less tire allocations, dropping from four sets to three sets in practice and from six sets to four sets for qualifying and the race. These changes are going to make the 2017 season even more exciting.

The Ford GTs will take this momentum and head to Belgium for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 6th. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 292 WINS – 262 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 twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT super car and the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine.

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

ROUSH YATES ENGINES ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GAMMA TECHNOLOGIES

Posted on: April 26th, 2017
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Mooresville, NC (April 26, 2017) – Roush Yates Engines is pleased to announce a new partnership with industry leader in engine and vehicle simulation, Gamma Technologies.

“Gamma Technologies is a global leader in multi-physics CAE simulation software,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Their continued passion for evolving simulation tools aligns well with our constant development and evolution of high performance race engines.”

Gamma Technologies’ GT-SUITE, is a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tool that provides efficiency, flexibility, and accuracy to time sensitive modeling analysis. What makes GT-SUITE so powerful is that high-fidelity 3D component models are seamlessly integrated into 1D/0D system-level models. This supplies accurate transient multi-physics boundary conditions and assures two-way interactions between all of the sub-systems. It offers engineers functionalities ranging from fast concept design to detailed system or sub-system/component analyses, design optimization, and root cause investigation.

Their team is dedicated to building the most advanced system simulation tools that provide major productivity improvements to their users, while providing premium one-on-one service to their customers.

“We are looking forward to leveraging the tools Gamma Technologies provides to reduce development time to the track,” stated Jamie McNaughton, Roush Yates Engines Technical Director. “With the refinement levels in the development of our race powertrains at RYE, we will utilize GT-SUITE simulation tools to increase performance in all of our engine programs.”

“Gamma Technologies is pleased to partner with Roush Yates Engines, the world class race engine developer. We are very impressed by the history of innovation, performance and success of Roush Yates Engines, and are proud to be a part of their advanced engineering process,” said Tom Morel, Founder and President of Gamma Technologies.

About Gamma Technologies
Located in Westmont, IL, Gamma Technologies, LLC is an industry leader and develops and licenses GT-SUITE. As a leading multi-physics CAE system simulation software, GT-SUITE includes a complete library of physics based modeling templates covering fluid flow, thermal, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, chemistry, and controls. In addition, higher level modeling templates are available that are specifically designed for specific applications. GT-SUITE applications include hybrids, exhaust aftertreatment, chemistry, acoustics, cooling and thermal management, HVAC, hydraulics, fuel systems, lubrication, chain, gear and belt drives, powertrain, engine, vehicles of any type, driveline and transmission.

For more information about Gamma Technologies, LLC. visit https://www.gtisoft.com/ or contact them at (630) 325-5848 or Support@gtisoft.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 purpose built race engines.

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines is the exclusive engine builder of the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 road race engines along with the NASCAR Ford FR9 V8 race engine.

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 – 292 WINS – 262 POLES!