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POWERED BY ECOBOOST FORD GTs DOMINATE ROAD AMERICA

Posted on: August 8th, 2017
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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., August 8, 2017 – Joey Hand and Dirk Müller took the No. 66, Ford GT to the podium for the second time this race season, in the IMSA Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America. The duo of Hand and Müller put the No. 66 on top of the podium, while the No. 67 sister-car secured P3 for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.

“We had an exceptional weekend at Road America, coming home with two wins and a pole,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Dean Martin and Jack Jr. (Roush) on their GS win and Joey (Hand) and Dirk (Müller) on the GTLM win at Road America. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and KohR Motorsports had strong cars this weekend and with the team’s race strategy we were able to start up front and race strong all weekend.”

The Ford GTs started the race side-by-side on the front row. Dirk Müller in the No 66, captured his second pole (2:01.422) in a row at Road America and third for the season, while teammate Ryan Briscoe (2:02.203) in the No. 67 qualified second.

The direct injection, 3.6L, twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine performed flawlessly during the two-hour, 40-minute road race sprint. The Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineers, alongside their Ford Performance teammates monitored the powerplants, adjusting calibration mappings and traction control inputs to maximize the power and performance of the Ford EcoBoost throughout the challenging 276-mile race.

“Starting from pole and really being able to manage this race is what you need to do,” Hand said. “GTLM is a tough category. There are a bunch of good drivers, a bunch of good cars and teams, so you, if you can, want to stay out front. You don’t want to get stuck in the back. That’s what we did, until that one restart. I was shuffled a little bit and got into a dogfight, ended up in the grass, but caught that quick yellow again and I was able to capitalize on it and get back out front. This is a good one for us. We had a few bad races and we’re coming up to the last run to the championship, so this is just what we needed.”

Achieving their second win of the season, secured the No. 66 valuable driver and team points as they head into the last three races of the season; Virginia International Raceway, Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta.

The No. 67 also claimed the fourth DEKRA Green Racing award in a row for being the cleanest, fastest and most efficient car in the GTLM class, which is attributed to the Ford EcoBoost engine.
Ford Driver Points Standings (after Road America)
2nd No. 66 | Joey Hand & Dirk Müller
4th No. 67 | Ryan Briscoe & Richard Westbrook
The Ford Mustang GT4 powered by the Ford Mustang 5.2L V8, also had a successful weekend in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class. Dean Martin and Jack Roush Jr. earned their second win together in the No. 59 NanoProMT/Roush Performance Ford Mustang GT4 at Road America and the third win of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season for KohR Motorsports.

“The Mustang was fast,” said Dean Martin, owner and driver of the NanoProMT Ford Mustang.

Roush, who qualified P2, inherited the P1 position after the polesitter encountered mechanical issues on the first lap. The No. 59 built a sizeable lead on the rest of the field before inclement weather moved in and forced IMSA to red flag the race for a period of time and eventually led to race being called early.
“Dean and the team did a tremendous amount of work, getting the car ready for this race,” Roush said. “We started in very transitional conditions. It’s always kind of a challenge, as a driver, trying to find where the grip is as it’s constantly changing. You’re also trying to decide which tires to choose. The Continental tires came up to temp really well and we were just able to find more and more time out there. It was a blast.”
The next IMSA race will be held at Virginia International Speedway, August 25th – 27th.
• CTSC | Saturday, August 26th | 2:00 pm ET | IMSA.com

• WTSC | Sunday, August 27th | 1:30 pm ET | FS1

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 303 WINS – 269 POLES!

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VIDEO: RTR MUSTANGS FACE OFF

Posted on: August 9th, 2017
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MONROE, Wash., August 9, 2017  – Vaughn Gittin Jr. took on teammate Chelsea DeNofa in a battle of the Ford Mustang RTRs at Formula Drift Seattle.

ENJOY THE RIDE!

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SAM HORNISH JR. WINS AT MID-OHIO

Posted on: August 14th, 2017
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LEXINGTON, Ohio, August 14, 2017 – Sam Hornish Jr., at his hometown track, won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season and fourth Xfinity race for Team Penske at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“We had an excellent Ford Mustang,” commented Hornish. “The guys worked hard and gave me a great car, from the time we unloaded this thing was a rocket ship.  We really knew we had a car that could win this race, it was just up to me.”

Hornish, making just his third start of the season in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford Mustang, sat on the pole, by leveraging the power of the Ford FR9 Carb engine to set a new track record of 83.921 in Lexington, Ohio.

“Sam did an incredible job all weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Sam, Roger and the Team Penske organization.”

The No. 22 led a race-high 61 of the 75 laps, dominating the 2.258-mile circuit in the Mid-Ohio Challenge, in addition to collecting the second stage win.

The race saw nine lead changes, majority of which were in the last 30 laps. With five laps to go and after a hectic restart, Hornish was able to clear the field and build a 1.33 second lead on the No. 21 Daniel Hemric, to bring home his first XFINITY win in his home state and fifth of his XFINITY career.
Current NXS Driver Playoff Standings:
3rd Ryan Reed | Roush Fenway Racing
7th Cole Custer | Stewart-Haas Racing
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano started side-by-side, after Keselowski qualified on the pole by turning the fastest Cup lap in the 2017 season at 203.097mph at Michigan International Speedway.

Keselowski led a race-high 105 laps and won the first stage, but it was Trevor Bayne from Roush Fenway Racing who used pit strategy and a strong final restart to be the highest Ford finisher in fifth, while Kurt Busch from Stewart Haas Racing (SHR) was 11th, Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports was 12th, Kevin Harvick (SHR) 13th and Ryan Blaney from Wood Brother’s Racing rounded out the top fifteen.

Closing in on the last three races of the regular NASCAR season; Bristol, Darlington and Richmond. It will be a fight to the finish to see who secures the remaining spots for the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs.

The Ford Fusion drivers currently hold five of the 16 spots, representing four premier Ford Performance teams.

Current MENS Driver Playoff Standings:
4th Brad Keselowski | Team Penske
5th Rick Stenhouse Jr. | Roush Fenway Racing
7th Kevin Harvick | Stewart-Haas Racing
9th Ryan Blaney | Wood Brother’s Racing
10th Kurt Busch | Stewart-Haas Racing

All three NASCAR series will head to the last GREAT COLOSSEUM in Bristol, Tennessee. Racing starts on Wednesday night, August 16th at 8:30 PM ET with the Camping World Truck Series and concludes Saturday August 18th, under the lights with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at 7:30 PM ET.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 304 WINS – 272 POLES!

STEWART-HAAS RACING Honors Robert Yates

Posted on: August 14th, 2017
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Danica Patrick’s Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme Honors NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Robert Yates

No. 10 Ford Credit Ford Celebrates Robert Yates Racing’s 1999 NASCAR Cup Series Championship

KANNAPOLIS, NC, August 14, 2017 – Stewart-Haas Racing will honor 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Robert Yates with a throwback paint scheme on the No. 10 Ford Fusion Danica Patrick will race during the Southern 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sept. 3 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

After working in the sport for more than two decades, Yates launched his own team, Robert Yates Racing (RYR), in the late 1980s. In 1996, RYR expanded to a two-car operation, fielding the No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford with Dale Jarrett. The decision by Yates to add a second car to the stable resulted in Jarrett winning the 1999 championship in a paint scheme that Patrick’s No. 10 Ford Credit Ford Fusion will emulate at Darlington.

“The throwback race at Darlington is such a cool event,” said Patrick, who has competed in five Southern 500s. “The track has done such a great job of getting the teams and drivers involved. I’m excited to run a true throwback scheme this year. It’s great that we’re able to honor Robert Yates and all he’s done for our sport.”

In addition to the championship Jarrett earned in 1999, RYR amassed an impressive 57 wins, including three in the Daytona 500.

“The No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford was definitely a memorable program for our team,” Yates said. “We won the Daytona 500 in Dale’s very first race in that scheme in 1996 and went on to win many more races and the championship in 1999. It was incredibly gratifying to have Ford as my sponsor and manufacturer, especially when we beat the competition. Getting to see this scheme run again will bring back many great memories. I can’t thank everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing enough for honoring me and everyone that was on the team during those years.”

Ford Credit is the financial services arm of Ford Motor Company. The brand was first seen on a NASCAR racecar in 1994 when it sponsored Elton Sawyer in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The sponsorship was very successful, so much so that in 1996 it expanded into the NASCAR Cup Series, which allowed RYR to become a two-car team.

Jarrett ran the No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford paint scheme from 1996 through 2000, earning 20 wins, nine poles and leading more than 5,000 laps. That tally includes wins at Darlington in the 1997 and 1998 TranSouth Financial 400.

“We are very proud of our part in the heritage of NASCAR and particularly the success of RYR,” said Dale Jones, Ford Credit executive vice president of the Americas. “The Ford Credit throwback paint scheme brings back great memories of victory at the racetrack. We are thrilled that Danica will be in the driver’s seat representing that history.”

The 1.366-mile Darlington track and its Labor Day race weekend host “The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR” when the industry honors the sport’s history. Last year, 36 Cup Series teams competed with throwback paint schemes in the Southern 500, the most in any single NASCAR event in the sport’s history.

As the series returns to Darlington for the 68th Southern 500, the chance to honor Yates will be a special one for Billy Scott, crew chief for Patrick and the No. 10 Ford Credit Ford Fusion.

“It’s really an honor to race a paint scheme that has so much history,” Scott said. “Robert Yates Racing gave me my first job in the NASCAR Cup Series, so to take our No. 10 Ford Fusion to Darlington in tribute Robert and all that he’s accomplished makes me extremely proud.”

*News courtesy of Stewart-Haas Racing

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: UTI CNC MACHINIST SCHOOL

Posted on: August 14th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC, August 14, 2017 – Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is proud to announce the first day of class for the new CNC Machining Technology program at their Mooresville, North Carolina campus. This program is the first of it’s kind for UTI and is located in their 146,00 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

 

This program provides the hands-on training and high-tech skills needed to set-up and master the computer numerical control (CNC) and manual machining equipment. The curriculum also includes continuous improvement practices in the machining process that will prepare students to become an innovative, effective and efficient machinist. The 36-week program will provide a foundation for students to start careers in aerospace, transportation and industrial fields or other career paths such as; research & development, sales and purchasing related to CNC machining and measuring equipment.

As manufacturers invest in new equipment, modify production techniques and implement product design changes more rapidly, they will continue to rely heavily on experienced machinists.

The program has also received the support from many industry leaders such as; Mitsubishi Materials, Mitee-Bite Products, Starrett, Alro Steel and Mastercam. The partners to the school have invested tools, machines, equipment and most importantly their industry expertise to help support and develop the program.

To find out more about this program and UTI please visit www.uti.edu.com

 

 

 

 

WESTBROOK, BRISCOE PODIUM FINISH AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Posted on: August 28th, 2017
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ALTON, Vir. August 28, 2017 – Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and the No. 67 Ford GT team may have struggled in practice and qualifying, but they were in position when it counted and drove away with their fifth podium of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Briscoe and Westbrook, who qualified seventh, finished second in the all-GT class Michelin GT Challenge after hovering around fifth place for much of the race. A late collision between their team car, the No. 66 Ford GT, and the No. 4 Corvette took those cars off the track and out of contention, boosting the No. 67 up the finishing order.

Joey Hand qualified the No. 66 car on pole, collecting Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s fifth pole of the season.

“Tough race, for sure,” Briscoe said. “Second place is good for us, but I hate to see it happen at the expense of the No. 66 guys. Tough result for them. We were just hanging in there today. Good solid drive, I think. We definitely weren’t the fastest car but second place is a huge result. If we can carry that momentum to a couple of tracks where we can be really strong and hope this team can still find the championship.”

The No.’s 66 and 67 teams are now third and fourth in the championship standings with 257 points each, 17 points behind the leader. Ford is second in the manufacturers’ standings, two points behind the leader.

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