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BLANEY WINS XFINITY AT THE MONSTER MILE!

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017
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DOVER, Del., October 2, 2017 – Ryan Blaney won his first NASCAR Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway, driving the No. 22 Team Penske Fitzgerald Ford Mustang. He took home his sixth overall Xfinity win and recorded the eighth Xfinity win of the season for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. In Blaney’s sixtieth overall Xfinity start and second win in the 2017 season, he topped the field by leading 136 of 200 laps at Saturday’s Use Your Meon. Drive Sober 200.

“Congratulations Ryan, Roger and Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan and the team ran a great race this past weekend, executing perfectly. Roush Yates Engines is proud to power these Ford Mustangs with Ford Performance and capturing our eighth Xfinity win of the season.”

Blaney’s Mustang, powered by the Ford FR9 engine ran well all day and after a fast pit stop put the No. 22 in the lead coming off pit row to take the lead on lap 123. Blaney would keep the lead and take the checkered flag, making him the third different Team Penske driver to bring home a win in the No. 22 this year, joining Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

“We made some great changes after the first Stage to get it better to where it needed to be,” said Blaney in victory lane. “We actually got it better for the last run. It’s awesome to get to victory lane with Fitzgerald. This is really cool.”

Ford Xfinity Playoff drivers Cole Custer and Ryan Reed each finished in the top-20. Custer (No. 00  Stewart-Haas Racing) qualified sixth, ran inside the top 10 the majority of the race, and finished eighth. Reed (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing) came home 16th. Custer currently sits fourth (-14) and Reed eighth (-52) in the playoff standings.

As the field of twelve NASCAR Xfinity drivers go into Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 7th, they will be facing an elimination round. The top eight drivers will advance to round two.

Dover marked the first elimination round for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Four Ford Fusion drivers advanced to the Round of 12; Brad Keselowski (-53), Kevin Harvick (-107), Ryan Blaney (-115) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-130) as they head into Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on Sunday, October 8th.

The Ford F-150 Playoff drivers, Chase Briscoe (P3) and Austin Cindric (P4) of Brad Keselowski Racing both finished in the top-5 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will head into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series elimination round at the Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 14th. The top six drivers will advance in the Playoffs.

 13 CHAMPIONSHIPS  – 307 WINS  – 277 POLES
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. 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 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.
5 Series – 9 Countries – 128 Races

In Loving Memory of Robert Yates

Posted on: October 4th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC,  October 4, 2017 –

J. Robert Yates
Cornelius, N.C. – J. Robert Yates, 74, passed away on October 2, 2017, at his home in Cornelius, N.C. surrounded by loving family and friends.

Robert was born April 19, 1943, in Charlotte, N.C., son of the late Rev. J. Clyde Yates Sr. and Mrs. V.C. Yates.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Carolyn Helms Yates; son Doug Yates and his wife Whitney, their children Lane, Christian, Olivia and Sophia; daughter Amy Carrick and her husband Jeff and their children, Ethan, Nicholas, Brody and Caroline; sisters Rachel Wall, Martha Brady, Phyllis Harvel, Elaine Rogers, Doris Rogers; and twin brother, Richard Yates. He was predeceased by his brother Clyde Yates, Jr. and Sarah Goare.

As a member of Trinity Baptist Church, he served as deacon and worked on many church activities. The Yates family, including spouses, nieces and nephews, have been an example of how a large and close Christian family can bring blessings to others.

Donations may be given in memory of Robert Yates to International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230 or online at www.imb.org/give

Robert Yates is one of the most beloved personalities in racing. His down-to-earth demeanor and Southern charm, which makes many race fans feel like they know him, shadows a brilliant mind and an intense desire to win.

For nearly 40 years, Yates worked in the sport of stock car racing, steadily and progressively building a legendary career that made him part of NASCAR history.

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.

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.

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 in 1988.

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 #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.

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.

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.

Career Highlights:

–                  1999 NASCAR Championship Team Owner for Dale Jarrett

–                  Premier NASCAR Engine Builder with 77 wins (1967-1988)

–                  1983 NASCAR Championship Engine Builder with Bobby Allison

–                  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

–                  NASCAR HALL OF FAME nominee

Awards:

–                  2018 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

–                  2007 recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award for lifetime achievement in NASCAR

–                  2010 recipient of the Bruton Smith Legends Award

–                  2000 Bill France Award of Excellence

–                  Inducted into NASCAR Auto Racing Hall of Fame

–                  Inducted into NMPA Hall of Fame

FORD GT SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Posted on: October 10th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 10, 2017 –

The Ford GT sophomore season came to a close after a hard-fought 10-hour Petit Le Mans race in Braselton, Georgia last weekend, where Ford Motor Company was awarded the Tequila Patron North America Endurance Cup Manufacturer Championship (GTLM class) for 2017.

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teams of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais (drivers of the No. 66) and Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon (drivers of the No. 67) earned two wins, eight podiums and five poles in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Series this year.

After twelve rounds of racing this season the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team and Ford Motor Company, were also honored with the DEKRA Green Racing Award. This award is presented to the most environmentally clean, fast, and efficient GT Le Mans (GTLM) competitor of the season.

Here are some of the 2017 highlights.

Rolex 24 At Daytona – No. 66 Hand/Müller/Bourdais won the first pole of the season

Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners – No. 66 Hand/Müller/Bourdais with Roush Yates Engines’ team

The Ford GT race cars are powered by twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engines

Doug Yates and Calibration Engineer, Charles Vogel headed to victory circle with the No. 66

Twelve Hours of Sebring – No. 67 Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon sat on the pole

Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineer, Craig Ashmore firing up the No. 67 Ford GT

Watkins Glen, NY – No. 66 Hand/Müller won their second pole position

Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI – No. 66 Hand/Müller won the fourth Ford Chip Ganassi pole of the season

Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI – No. 66 Hand/Müller took the checkered flag

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing took P1 and P3 at Road America

Virginia International Raceway – No. 66 Hand/Müller won the fifth pole of the season

It was a Great 2017 Season!  Look forward to seeing everyone in January 2018 back in Daytona Beach for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

* Images courtesy of  Ford Performance

It’s a Wrap: IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Season

Posted on: October 11th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 11, 2017 –

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season wrapped up at Road Atlanta this past weekend. The season debuted the all new Ford Mustang GT4, which was unveiled at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Ford Mustang GT4, participated in Grand Sport (GS) class and earned three wins and three poles during the 2017 season. KohR Motorsports, Multimatic Motorsports and VOLT Racing teams competed hard all season.

Ford Mustang GT4 debut at Daytona International Speedway, Multimatic Motorsports No. 15.

Powered by the Mustang 5.2L V8 race engine.

The No. 59 KohR Motorsports team, piloted by Dean Martin started the season by winning the pole position at Daytona, in the first endurance challenge of the season.

The No. 60 KohR Motorsports GT4 team swept Sebring, winning the teams second pole of the season with Jade Buford in the drivers seat.

Watkins Glen, NY – Jack Roush Jr. and Dean Martin won the Continental Tire 120 at the Glen and marked Roush Yates Engines’ 300th overall motorsports win. 

Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI was the site of the third win of the season for KohR Motorsports.

Jack Roush Jr. sat on the pole for the third time in the season at the Virginia International Raceway, in the No. 59 Ford Mustang GT4.

We look forward to seeing everyone in 2018.

* Images courtesy of  Ford Performance

“10 SUNDAYS” Video : EPISODE 4 CHARLOTTE

Posted on: October 12th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 12, 2017

Follow this unique behind the scenes 10-week video series from Ford Performance, documenting the various aspects of the Ford Performance NASCAR program.

Four Ford drivers, including Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., have advanced to the round of 12 drivers competing for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

In this week’s episode, the Round of 12 kicks off at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Kevin Harvick talking about the importance of being good on mile-and-a-half race tracks.  His comments prove prophetic as he goes out and wins the first two stages before eventually finishing third. In addition, Ford remembers NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Robert Yates, who passed away last week, with a special decal.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

Ford Mustang GT4 European Debut at Circuit Paul Ricard, FRANCE

Posted on: October 12th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 12, 2017 –

  • Ford Mustang GT4 enters final race of GT4 European Series Southern Cup at Circuit Paul Ricard
  • Ford Performance enters car for one-race effort, with Scott Maxwell behind the wheel

Ford Performance will bring the Ford Mustang GT4 to Europe for the first time in a special exhibition debut at the FFSA Championnat De France GT GT4 European Series Southern Cup race at Circuit Paul Ricard 14-15 October.

The trip is intended to showcase the speed and versatility of the Ford Mustang GT4, the newest Mustang designed especially for road racing circuits around the world.

“The best way to show customers what a car can do is to bring it to the racetrack,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “That’s our goal at Paul Ricard. We’ve already had success with the Ford Mustang GT4 in the U.S.; now it’s time to show potential customers what it can do at a respected European track like Paul Ricard.”

The Ford Mustang GT4 brings with it a full list of accolades from its debut season in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Championship, including poles at its first two races (Daytona, Sebring) and wins at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road America. It has also seen action in the GTS category of the Pirelli World Challenge series.

Ford Performance has entered the car, with veteran driver Scott Maxwell behind the wheel. Maxwell was involved in the development of the car and has raced it to victory in the U.S.

“I’ve never raced at Paul Ricard, but I’m very excited to see what this car can do there against some good competition,” Maxwell said. “It’s a great place to showcase the car to potential customers for Europe and, just as importantly, it’s a great time to be involved with sports car racing at Ford. First, we had the BOSS 302R, then the Shelby GT350R-C, and now the Mustang GT4. It’s great to see Ford increase the Mustang’s footprint around the world, not just in the marketplace, but on the race tracks as well.”

* Courtesy of Ford Performance

KESELOWSKI WINS AT TALLADEGA TO ADVANCE IN THE NASCAR PLAYOFFS!

Posted on: October 16th, 2017
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TALLADEGA, Ala., October 16, 2017 – In his 300th career start, Brad Keselowski won his fifth Talladega race and automatically advances to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesPlayoffs. The No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion recorded the fourth restrictor-plate race win of the season, marking the first time in NASCAR history for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines to sweep four restrictor-plate races in one season.

“It is a special place to get to race and a special place when you win here,” commented Keselowski in victory lane. “It was really a collaborative effort with the team and getting a real fast car and making the right moves as a driver and a lot of help from up above with staying out of those wrecks. It really takes all three and we had them all today.”

“I remember being on pit road with my dad when we won with DJ (Dale Jarrett) in 2005 here,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was a day just like today. It is really special. It is special to be able to compete in NASCAR. It is such a family sport and to be able to spend all that time with my dad and now have my family involved and be able to compete at a high level and win races like this with Team Penske and Brad Keselowski is something special. I want to thank the France family and everyone for allowing us to compete. And all the fans here today. What an incredible race track.”
 

The Ford teams ran strong all day with the power of the Ford FR9 engine under the hood. They were on a mission from the start of the race, with Keselowski collecting the first stage win and Blaney collecting the second stage win in the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Ford Fusions topped the field by leading 114 of 188 laps, while six different Ford’s led throughout the race; Joey Logano (59), Ryan Blaney (27), Matt DiBenedetto (12), Keselowski (7), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) and Kurt Busch (3).

After 30 lead changes, 11 cautions and three red flags, it came down to a sprint to the finish. There were 14 cars left on the lead lap, as they took the white flag for the final lap. Keselowski was able to take the lead exiting the tri-oval for the last time, with a big push and block from teammate Logano, Keselowski was able to leverage the Roush Yates’ horsepower one final time to take the black-and-white checkered flag.

Four Ford drivers from three different teams finished in the top-five; P1 Keselowski (Team Penske), P3 Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing), P4 Joey Logano (Team Penske) and P5 Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports).

The Ford camp will take this momentum into Kansas this weekend and look to capitalize on securing additional drivers in the Round of 8. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 308 WINS – 277 POLES!
*Images Courtesy of NASCAR

Video | Behind the Scenes with Ken Block on Pikes Peak

Posted on: October 17th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC –  October  17, 2017 – Go behind the scenes of the filming of Climkbhana with Ken Block and Hoonigan Media Machine.

Ken Block took on Pikes Peak in Colorado to make the historic climb up Pikes Peak today, in his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2. The Hoonicorn powered through the twist and turns of Pikes Peak with 1,400 horsepower being generated from it’s twin turbo, methanol powered V8 engine built in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Pikes Peak = 156 Turns | 12.42 Miles | 14, 115′ Elevation

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“10 SUNDAYS” Video : EPISODE 5 TALLADEGA

Posted on: October 19th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 19, 2017

Follow this unique behind the scenes 10-week video series from Ford Performance, documenting the various aspects of the Ford Performance NASCAR program.

Four Ford drivers, including Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., have advanced to the round of 12 drivers competing for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

There is no track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit that creates more drama than Talladega Superspeedway and Sunday’s Alabama 500 was no different.  Hear what Ford drivers, Edsel Ford and Doug Yates think about when they come to NASCAR’s biggest track, and then follow along as Brad Keselowski survives to win the fourth consecutive restrictor-plate win this season for Ford and Roush Yates Engines.

Brad Keselowski is guaranteed to advance into the Round of 8 with his win at Talladega, while Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney are currently in transfer positions after Talladega. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is currently (-22 points) outside the final cutoff position.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

Richard Petty Motorsports Announces New Driver of Famed No. 43

Posted on: October 25th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 25, 2017 – In one of the organization’s most anticipated moments in its history, Richard Petty Motorsports announced today Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. as the new driver of the No. 43 made famous by team co-owner, “The King” Richard Petty. Wallace, 24, will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and for the Sunoco Rookie of The Year beginning at the 2018 Daytona 500.

Wallace, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is already one of the sport’s most popular figures with an incredible record of success behind the wheel. A graduate of both NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs, Wallace has broken several barriers and records throughout his rise within the sport.

Earlier this season, Wallace made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut as a substitute driver for the injured Aric Almirola in the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway on June 11. Wallace showed rapid improvement over the four races he participated, substantially improving his finish position every race, culminating with an 11th place finish at Kentucky Speedway on July 8.

Wallace initially rose to prominence in 2013 with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, becoming the first African-American driver in 50 years to win a NASCAR national touring series feature since NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Wendell Scott. The next season Wallace finished third overall in the truck series point standings with four wins for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Wallace moved up full-time to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Roush Fenway Racing in 2015, where he earned 31 Top-10 finishes over the last three seasons before making his Cup debut in June with RPM.

“This is a dream come true to race for ‘The King’, Richard Petty Motorsports, the iconic No. 43 and for all the fans and partners that have and continue to support this team,” said Wallace. “I believe in what Richard Petty Motorsports is doing and their desire to win races. I believe this team, its partners and fans are ready to see some great things again. I’m humbled that they have chosen me to take that next step with them. I’m ready for next season to begin and to prove to people that we can compete at the level we all expect to be at.”

Veteran and winning crew chief Drew Blickensderfer will continue to lead the No. 43 team in 2018 with Wallace. Petty believes that Wallace brings the current youth movement to RPM.

“We have hired a lot of different drivers in the past, but Wallace brings a lot of youth and talent to our team,” explained Petty. “He’s proven at a young age to be able to be consistent on a weekly basis, give feedback to the team to help improve the car and race hard to get the best finish possible. He knows how to win, too. His records leading up to the top levels of NASCAR speak for themselves. We feel that Bubba can immediately come in and compete. He’s really eager to show what he can do and that he belongs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

Wallace will become the first full-time African-American driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since Scott. Partners for Wallace and the No. 43 team for the 2018 season will be announced at a later date.