Archive for November, 2017


Posted on: November 6th, 2017
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FORTH WORTH, TX, November 6, 2017 – Advancing to the Championship Round of 4, Kevin Harvick won his first race at Texas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, No. 41 Kurt Busch won the MENCS pole and No. 4 Harvick secured the checkered flag in the AAA Texas 500.

“This feels so good,” stated Kevin Harvick. “We have been qualifying well here and racing well ever since I have been at Stewart-Haas Racing and just never got it to work out to go to victory lane. Today we had to earn it. To be able to pass the 78 car for the win is something that is huge for our confidence and team knowing we need to go to another 1.5 mile at Homestead to race for the championship. I am really proud of everyone on our Mobil 1 Ford. This thing was a hot rod today.”

“Congratulations to Kevin, Gene, Tony and the entire Stewart-Haas team,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kevin drove a perfect race today. What an incredible win for Ford Performance and the Roush Yates’ team. These teams have worked so hard to get to this position and we are honored to be part Ford’s championship run.”
The Ford Stewart-Haas Racing teams ran strong all weekend starting with the No. 41 Busch winning the 280th overall pole for Roush Yates Engines at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Busch recorded the fastest lap ever on a 1.5-mile track at 26.877 seconds, running 200.915 mph.
Busch led the field of 40 cars to the green flag on Sunday, but it was Harvick that kept powering to the front of the field to take the first stage win. Harvick went on to lead five different times throughout the race, leading a total of 38 of the 334 laps in the AAA Texas 500.
Harvick leveraged the horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI engine to make the final lead change with 10 laps left in the race, passing the No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. and built a 1.580-second margin of victory at the finish to clinch an automatic spot in the Championship Round of 4.
“It’s all about putting it all together on the right day,” said Rodney Childers, No. 4 Crew Chief. “Some days that’s hard to do. But we’ve got a great group that has worked really hard back at the shop building a great racecar. Doug and all his guys at the engine shop {Roush Yates Engines} have worked day and night trying to get their side of it better. Everybody at Ford has done anything we’ve asked them to do. Keep pushing to try to make each other better. It’s been a team effort.”
This marked Harvick’s second win of the season and first on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway track. Harvick will now make his third championship appearance of his career at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Ford Fusions topped the field with five Fords finishing in the top 10; Harvick P1, Brad Keselowski P5, Ryan Blaney P6, Joey Logano P7 and Kurt Busch P9.
The Ford teams will take this momentum into Phoenix this weekend and look to capitalize on securing additional drivers in the Round of 4. Reference the full 2017 schedule on
* Images courtesy of NASCAR media


Posted on: November 6th, 2017
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SHANGHAI, China, November 6, 2017 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing made a statement in Shanghai, winning the 6 Hours of Shanghai for the second year in a row. The No. 67, driven by Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell brought home the second win for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Series.
“What a great effort by the entire team this weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Ford Performance, FCGR {Ford Chip Ganassi Racing} and Multimatic Motorsports. Winning back-to-back races at Shanghai takes a tremendous team effort. We are proud to be part of One Ford and heading into the final race of the season in contention for a championship.”

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines powered the Ford GT to victory circle at the Shanghai International Circuit, with the twin turbo Ford V6 EcoBoost race engine.

“That was probably our most hard-fought win so far and the most rewarding,” Priaulx said. “Every moment was critical. Every lap, every pit stop, it all had to be perfect. We really needed this result and we’re back in the fight for the driver’s championship. It’s our fourth win together so we must be doing something right. We couldn’t do it without this brilliant team. The car was great, the pit stops were perfect, and the strategy was perfect. All we need to do now is go to Bahrain and win again!”
Over the course of the six-hour endurance race, the duo of Priaulx {GB} and Tincknell {GB} showed patience, proper fuel management and clean pit stops were key to the endurance race victory in the LMGTE Pro class. Tincknell took the checkered flag, pulling the team into striking distance for the FIA driver championship, 7.5 points behind the leader.
Stefan Mücke {GER} and Olivier Pla {FRA} drivers of the No. 66 sister car also ran a strong race, leading for a portion of the race, but ultimately finished just off the podium in P4.
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will head into the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain for the WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain, on November 18th.

                                                       13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 310 WINS – 280 POLES!


*Images courtesy of  Ford Performance


Posted on: November 9th, 2017
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CONCORD, NC, November 6, 2017 –

Roush Fenway Racing will honor longtime competitor and partner Robert Yates at Phoenix Raceway with a tribute paint scheme on Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion. The scheme, inspired by Yates’ 1991 and 1992 victories at the Arizona track, honors the NASCAR Hall of Famer’s career and lasting legacy in the sport.

“The entire NASCAR Community has lost a pillar of our sport with the passing of Robert Yates,” Jack Roush said. “Robert was true to all he held dear – a fierce competitor, a dedicated and inspired leader and a passionate family man. For me he was the type of competitor that brought out the best in everyone around him and he was a wonderful partner and friend. I am very fortunate to have been able to team up with, and learn from, Robert Yates.”

Yates, who passed away after a battle with liver cancer in October, was selected for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2018 in May. His Robert Yates Racing team, which will be featured on the hood of Stenhouse’s car, won 57 races and 48 pole positions in nearly twenty years of racing.

“Our family would like to thank everyone at Roush Fenway Racing for the special paint scheme at Phoenix International Raceway to honor my dad Robert Yates and his legendary career in NASCAR,” Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines, said.

Robert Yates and Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush partnered together in 2003 to form Roush Yates Engines, the exclusive provider of engines for Ford NASCAR teams. The two legendary engine builders combined forces have led to 268 NASCAR race wins and nine championships.

“It’s really cool to be able to honor Robert with our car in Phoenix,” Stenhouse said. “He’s meant so much to NASCAR, and to have him ride along with us this weekend will be really special for everyone at the shop.”




Posted on: November 9th, 2017
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KANNAPOLIS, NC, November 8, 2017 –

Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Aric Almirola to join its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018. The 33-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will drive the team’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion.

Almirola has won races in each of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series and is currently in his sixth full season in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola has one NASCAR Cup Series victory, three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumphs.

“I’ve known Aric since 2004 and have always been impressed with him on the racetrack,” said Tony Stewart, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. “I’ve raced with him and seen him mature into a really good racecar driver. He can compete for wins here at Stewart-Haas Racing and help our other drivers compete for wins. He’s an excellent fit for this team and for Smithfield.”

“This is the opportunity every racer wants,” Almirola said. “Stewart-Haas Racing is an experienced organization with a lot of depth, great technical support from Ford, and staffed with racers from top to bottom. They lean on each other, challenge each other and make each other better. I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.

“I’ve known Tony Stewart since our time together at Joe Gibbs Racing. I know what he expects and he knows my commitment. I can’t thank him and Smithfield enough for believing in me and providing this opportunity.”

“This is a great moment for Aric, and Smithfield is very happy to be a part of it because it’s a great opportunity for our company,” said John Pauley, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Smithfield. “Obviously, we strongly believe in Aric’s ability and that of Stewart-Haas Racing, and those abilities transcend the racetrack. They want to consistently run up front and contend for wins, but they’re also very interested in helping us win in the marketplace. This is a strong partnership with outgoing personalities who are driven to succeed.”

Almirola’s path to NASCAR started in his home state of Florida, beginning in karting in 1992 before advancing to open-wheel modifieds in 2000 and then late-model stock cars in 2002. In late 2003 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Almirola participated in a driver combine for Joe Gibbs Racing and was ultimately selected as one of the first two drivers for Gibbs’ diversity program, which launched in 2004. Almirola became a teammate of Stewart’s, who was in his sixth year as a NASCAR Cup Series driver and only two years removed from the first of his three NASCAR Cup Series championships.

Nine wins and 11 poles during the 2004-2005 seasons of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series allowed Almirola to advance from local short tracks in the southeast to a fulltime, national schedule in the Camping World Truck Series in 2006. A handful of Xfinity Series starts also came in 2006, and Almirola’s NASCAR Cup Series debut took place on March 11, 2007 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, three days shy of his 23rd birthday.



Posted on: November 9th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – November 9, 2017 –

The Round of 8 continued at Texas Motor Speedway as Ford drivers Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick competed for a spot in the Championship 4 at Ford Championship Weekend.

Horsepower is essential at a track like Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval where speeds reach over 200 miles an hour.  Roush Yates Engines CEO Doug Yates talks about the challenges his team faces at a place like TMS while Kevin Harvick looks to post his first Monster Energy Cup Series victory at the track in his 30th attempt.






Posted on: November 13th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC, November 13, 2017 – 

Brad Keselowski will race for the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Championship, advancing to the Championship 4 on points after a 16th place finish at Phoenix and race win by Matt Kenseth.

Keselowski joins Kevin Harvick, who was the top Ford all day at PIR, finishing fifth, as the two Fords battle for the title at Homestead Miami Speedway.

“We overcame a lot of obstacles and jumped a lot of hurdles today,” said Keselowski post-race.  “I am glad I don’t have to relive this day, that is for sure. I am just looking forward to going to Homestead. This feels a little bit like Christmas. Sometimes you need a little luck on your side. Today we had that.”

That luck came in the form of a blown tire for competitor Denny Hamlin with 36 laps to go.

Keselowski was able to jump back into the transfer spot, but only briefly as the No. 24 took the lead, then lost it, giving the spot back to Keselowski as the checkered flag fell.

Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of Ryan Blaney. The Wood Brothers Racing driver led the field to green but struggled early with brake issues and late with a vibration before coming home 17th and missing out on being part of the final four drivers.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came home 8th and Aric Almirola 9th to give Ford three Fusions in the top-10 on the day.

Next Up: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the championship race of the 2017 season. The Ford EcoBoost 400 will cap off Ford Championship Weekend Sunday, November 19th on NBC.

1st    Matt Kenseth
2nd  Chase Elliott
3rd   Martin Truex Jr.
4th   Erik Jones
5th   Kevin Harvick
6th   Jamie McMurray
7th   Kyle Busch
8th   Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9th   Aric Almirola
10th Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12th  Joey Logano
13th  Clint Bowyer
16th  Brad Keselowski
17th  Ryan Blaney
21st   Kurt Busch
24th  Landon Cassill
25th  Danica Patrick
27th  Matt DiBenedetto
33rd  David Ragan
38th  Trevor Bayne


Posted on: November 15th, 2017
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., November 15, 2017 — TechForce Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on championing and aiding aspiring vehicle technicians, is administering a scholarship program established by Roush Yates Engines to support students enrolled in the CNC (computerized numerical control) Machining Technology program at Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI’s) NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC.

Of the eight $4,000 CNC Machining scholarships to be administered, four will be named after Roush Yates Engines’ co-founder Robert Yates, while the other four will be named after co-founder, Jack Roush. Awarding of the scholarships will start in the fourth quarter of this year with the remainder being awarded in 2018 and 2019.

“We are elated to administer these scholarships — first, for such an innovative company as Roush Yates Engines and second, for the specific need they address,” said TechForce CEO and Executive Director Jennifer Maher.

“Students will get the hands-on training a CNC machinist needs to create and engineer everything from aerospace parts and industrial applications to medical equipment and high-performance engine components.”

Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines, pointed out the importance of the scholarships: “CNC machining is critical to the current and future success of Roush Yates Engines and manufacturing in the U.S. and beyond. By partnering with UTI we have created a platform for success in the CNC manufacturing industry.”

He continued, “The Roush Yates Engines’ scholarships support our belief in the next generation of CNC manufacturers. The future is bright and we are 100 percent dedicated to this dynamic industry.”

Mary Ann Mauldwin, Roush Yates Engines’ Chief Operating Officer, said “The manufacturing industry has evolved, seeking highly skilled workers who have not been easy to identify nor hire, but are in great demand.”

To help solve that problem, she said, “We are committed to this partnership with UTI, which leverages each of our business’ strengths, because it provides the framework to ensure our industry has a pipeline of future CNC machining technicians with the skills and experience to fuel this growing segment of our business.”

“On behalf of UTI’s students, I want to thank the TechForce Foundation and Roush Yates Engines,” said Kim McWaters, president and CEO of UTI. “At UTI, we’re committed to student success, which is why we partnered with Roush Yates Engines to create the CNC Machining program. With these scholarships and the ongoing support of the Roush Yates Engines’ team, more students can access our training and the abundant career opportunities available for CNC machining technicians across multiple industries.”Mauldwin summed up the importance of collaboration for the benefit of the students, “We want to invest in our collective future together.”

CNC students at NASCAR Tech can apply for the scholarships at

About TechForce Foundation
TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians in the transportation industry. The Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors, and is spearheading FutureTech Success™, the industry-wide initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. For more information, visit

About Roush Yates Engines  
In 2003, Jack Roush and Robert Yates decided to partner with Ford Motor Company to join forces as the exclusive Ford Engine Builder for the NASCAR Series. These two legendary engine builders, led by President & CEO Doug Yates turned the partnership into an immediate success with winning the 2004 NASCAR Cup Championship and forever changing the face of modern day racing. Since the first engine hit the race track back in 2004 Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance has won over 300 races in current participating motorsports series.

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. A dedicated team of engineers, technicians and fabricators work together to build the most powerful and reliable engines in racing. Roush Yates Engines provides the power to an international market place that spans nine countries and three continents.

One key component is, Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a 35,000 square foot facility which includes 40 top-of-the-line CNC manufacturing machines from; 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC milling equipment, multi-axis mill turning equipment, robotic pallet pull system machining center and a premier Quality Assurance department that holds an impeccable standard for achieving the highest level of quality for customers in the automotive, aerospace, military and industrial sectors. For more information, visit

About Universal Technical Institute
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 200,000 graduates in its 52-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 campus locations across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). For more information, visit

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Posted on: November 16th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – November 16, 2017 –

The pressure was on as five drivers looked to grab the final remaining spot in the Championship 4, including Ford’s Brad Keselowski (Team Penske) and Ryan Blaney (Wood Brother’s Racing).  It all came down to 312 laps at Phoenix International Raceway, which provided a number of twists and turns that kept fans wondering who that driver was going to be until the very last lap.

Brad Keselowski,

Kevin Harvick

on to Homestead-Miami for the finale.


Posted on: November 20th, 2017
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HOMESTEAD-MIAMI, FL, November 20, 2017 – Cole Custer and Sam Hornish Jr. made it a Ford 1-2 finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 Saturday afternoon, while Chase Briscoe won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race in the Ford EcoBoost 200 to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night.

“Congratulations to Cole and Chase on their first career wins in their series this weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We’re very proud to have powered the Ford Mustangs and Ford F-150 trucks this season as part of the Ford Performance team. Racing has a bright future ahead with drivers like Cole and Chase and we’re excited for the 2018 season.”

Custer dominated the race in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang recording his first win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Custer’s win is the ninth NXS win of the season for Ford Performance and the first in history for Stewart-Haas Racing. Custer is the 36th different driver to win a NXS race with Ford.

“We knew we were gonna be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal,” said Custer in victory lane. “We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. We obviously have some good cars in the hunt, but everybody at Haas Automation, Code 3, Roush Yates Engines — the engines have been unbelievable all year — XFINITY, everybody at NASCAR, it’s just been unbelievable.”

Sam Hornish Jr. drove the No. 22 REV/Fleetwood Mustang to a second-place finish, giving car owner Roger Penske his fourth series owner’s championship in the last five years.  A Mustang has now won at least one championship in six of the seven years it has competed full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Briscoe, the No. 29 driver of Brad Keselowski Racing edged out Christopher Bell for the win in the NASCAR CWTS, marking the first by the Ford Performance driver. The No. 29 led a race high 77 laps of the 134 lap race and recorded his fourth pole of the season.

“This is a long time coming. I’m so proud of all these guys. Thank you so much to Ford for believing in me. I know that this year, at least by my standards and what I felt like I could have done, for those guys to continue to believe in me makes me feel so blessed and thankful to be here,” said Briscoe in victory lane.

To add to the celebration, Briscoe was named NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on Friday.

Teammate Austin Cindric finished fifth and ended up third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

The Ford Championship Weekend wrapped up on Sunday. Kevin Harvick from Stewart-Haas Racing finished fourth and Brad Keselowski from Team Penske seventh in the Ford EcoBoost 400. After a tough fought race, the duo ended up third and fourth respectively in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

We look forward to the start of the 2018 season at the Daytona International Speedway.



Posted on: November 28th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – November 28, 2017 – Roush Yates Engines is pleased to announce a multi-year endorsement program with new partner TYKMA Electrox Industrial Laser Systems. TYKMA Electrox is an industry specialist, with over 40 years of experience in the laser marking and engraving systems. They build superior equipment and provide world-class personalized customer service experience.

“Nine years ago, we purchased our first piece of equipment from Aaron Grimes at TYKMA Electrox,” said Todd English, Vice President Business Development, Roush Yates Engines. “It has been a great experience and an invaluable asset for our engine components and product traceability initiatives. Because of their premium line of products, training and customer service we knew they were the right partner for us on our next laser system.”

Utilizing the latest in MOPA fiber laser technology, TYKMA Electrox machines offer high end design and are packed with cutting edge features and backed with the best warranty in the industry. Having the capability to mark both tall and large components on a variety of substrates, from all metals to most plastics, from anodized to carbide and more, makes this the most versatile engraving and marking machine available.

“We needed a laser marking system that could mark a variety of part sizes, surfaces and graphics,” commented Bob Ucman, Vice President of Manufacturing, Roush Yates Engines. “The system needed to be able to be robotically integrated, while being user friendly for programming. We knew TYKMA was the place to go. The Zetalase XLT meets all our needs. Traceability of our products is critical, and this new system will allow us to mark batches of parts with accuracy and speed, leading to reduced production time and improved efficiencies.”

TYKMA Electrox’s focus is the relationship with customers, as they aim to simplify and streamline the entire process, from the initial contact through the installation of a selected laser system and longevity of equipment. TYKMA Electrox strives to provide a personalized consultative approach to deliver the perfect application to match the needs of each individual customer.

“Customer Service at TYKMA Electrox is the best in the business,” commented Jeff Smith, Maintenance Supervisor, Roush Yates Engines.  “After nine years without any down time on our existing piece of equipment, our AC/DC converter went out.  Within a few hours, TYKMA Electrox informed us of a source and solution. This service department is a fantastic trouble shooting and diagnostic team.”

“We’re extremely proud to be a partner of Roush Yates Engines,” commented Aaron Grimes, National Sales Manager for TYKMA Electrox. “Roush Yates has a tested and proven commitment to quality and performance through their high-performance engines. Roush Yates chooses partners that mirror their standards and values. We provide the same high level of performance and customer service to our laser marking customers around the world every day. The Zetalase XLT is our top of the line system, featuring a continuous 24” x 24” marking field and a 70W laser for fast processing times. This laser marking system will take the Roush Yates marking, etching and engraving capabilities to the next level and were excited to see them put this tool in action.”

About TYKMA Electrox  
TYKMA Electrox is a world leading manufacturer of industrial laser systems with combined experience of more than 55 years. We specialize in industrial laser systems for a variety of applications  with a focus in laser marking, etching and engraving systems. With US based headquarters, facilities in the UK and Germany and a presence in more than 25 countries, we are well equipped to service thousands of customers worldwide.

As a provider of permanent marking technologies, we have the responsibility to be the industry expert in their specification, design and use. We take our work seriously, and in a consultative style, we work with our customers from the first contact to fully understand their needs.

Production is supported by experienced, product identification industry management, highly qualified engineers, software designers and skilled, factory-trained technical service professionals. Every system we build is fully warranted, designed to exacting international standards and backed by exceptional 24/7 service, training and technical support. Learn more about TYKMA Electrox at

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.  Learn more about Roush Yates Engines at