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FORD TEAMS SWEPT WATKINS GLEN!

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018
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WATKINS GLEN, NY – July 2, 2018 – It was an all Ford weekend in Watkins Glen, New York. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) team of Dirk Müller and Joey Hand won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series, Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, while the Ford Mustang GT4 found Victory Lane in the Continental Tire 240.

“Joey drove absolutely stellar at the end,” said Dirk Müller. “O’Gara (Mike O’Gara, Team Manager) made the perfect call. We leap-frogged everybody. There was a lot of pressure. It sounds easy, but it wasn’t. I gave it my all.”

“Congratulations to Joey, Dirk, Chip and Ford Performance,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Endurance races are always challenging, especially this one, returning from Le Mans. Our team in partnership with Ford Performance did a great job, making sure the cars had what they needed from an engine perspective and managing the six-hour race with excessive temperatures. I’m proud of the entire team and happy to see Ford back in Victory Lane.”
With temperatures on the track reaching well over 100 degrees, the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engines showed great pace and performance by qualifying 1-2 on Saturday. It was the No. 67, driven by Richard Westbrook, that captured the pole, running a 1:41.961 lap time and recording Roush Yates Engines’ 300thall-time pole. Teammate Joey Hand piloted the No. 66 to P2 to make it an all Ford front row.
During a late race caution the No. 66 was able to take a shortened pitstop due in part to running a fuel saving strategy. Then a heads-up call by Mike O’Gara, Team Manager, directing Müller to make a fast out lap from the pits, while the leaders went into the pits, allowed the No. 66 to inherit the lead on lap 166.

Müller never looked back, building a 1.592 second lead over the P2 Corvette, to lead the last 25 laps of the race and win the GTLM class.

Only one point separates the two FCGR teams in the Driver and Team Points Standings, No. 66 (147 points) in first place and No. 67 (146 points) in second. In addition, Ford retains its lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings by four points over Porsche.

The No. 66 and Ford also now lead the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Series, which is a combination of the four longest races on the IMSA schedule; Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, it was a Ford Mustang GT4 in Victory Lane. The No. 8, Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 with drivers Chad McCumbee and Pat Gallagher made it to the top of the podium for the first time in the 2018 season, making it a combined third Ford Mustang GT4 win this year.
After starting on the front row at P2, next to the pole-winner No. 80 Mustang GT4, the No. 8 fought hard throughout the race with clean pit stops and good tire strategy to lead a race total 59 laps and take the checkered flag.

“Two podiums in a row, a second and a first, is great,” Gallagher said. “Multimatic has been giving us great cars to get some results, so we’ll keep it rolling. I really wanted to win at Mid-Ohio because it’s my home track, but Watkins Glen is one of my favorites also.”

The No. 80 dominated early on in the race, before getting turned into a tire wall halfway through the race. Brett Sandberg and co-driver Martin Barkey finished P15.

Ford NASCAR development driver Ty Majeski returned to IMSA competition with co-driver Scott Maxwell in the No. 15 Multimatic GT4 and finished P9.

Ford now leads the Manufacturer points standing by seven points over BMW in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, GS class.

The Ford teams move onto Canada this weekend to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 334 WINS – 301 POLES!
*Images courtesy of Ford Performance

MOMENTUM!

Posted on: July 5th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC – July 5, 2018 – The 2018 race season has been loaded with Roush Yates Engines’ horsepower. With more than half the season in the rear-view mirror and the chase for multiple championships ahead; 21 wins and 19 poles have been recorded, while 4,772 laps have been led by 33 different drivers, representing 16 different Ford Performance teams. This dynamic partnership between Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines has been firing on all cylinders.
The Ford GTs, powered by the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engines, kicked off the 2018 season in January at the IMSA season-opener, Rolex 24 At Daytona. It was a case of deja vu for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with a first-place finish for the second consecutive year in the 24-hour endurance race.
Ford GT Goes Back-to-Back at Rolex 24 | Ford Performance
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No. 67 Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and IndyCar driver Scott Dixon recorded Ford’s first win of the season and marked Chip Ganassi’s 200th win. In addition, the No. 66 sister-car with drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais (2017 Rolex winners) came in second, making it a 1-2 Ford finish.

NASCAR shifted into high gear in February, during Daytona Speedweeks and so did the 22 Ford Performance teams.

Brad Keselowski, Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford Fusion, came out to win the first non-points race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season, the Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

In their second year with Ford Performance, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has been dialed in, winning 8 out of the first 19 MENCS races of the season.

It was a 1-2-3 finish for Ford Performance at Atlanta Raceway. Powered by the Ford FR9 EFI race engine, the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick captured SHR’s 40th all-time MENCS win with his Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion, along with Ford teammates, Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top three spots in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

In addition, Harvick swept the weekend, by taking the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste Ford Mustang to its first Victory Lane at Atlanta in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).
The West Coast swing saw a lot of action, tallying up four NASCAR wins and the first MENCS pole of the season.

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick drove the No. 4 into Victory Lane for the second week in a row, winning his 100th career NASCAR race.

Ryan Blaney, Team Penske’s new full-time driver of the No.12, also found success in the dessert, winning Ford’s first MENCS pole of the season in Las Vegas.
It was two wins for Ford Performance at the second stop on the West Coast, Arizona. Harvick reached another career milestone at ISM Raceway, winning his 40th career MENCS race and recording his third win in a row for SHR and Ford Performance.
Brad Keselowski also went to Victory Lane in Arizona, winning Team Penske’s first NXS race of the season in the DC Solar 200.
Joey Logano collected the second checkered flag, in as many weeks, for the No. 22 NXS team owner Roger Penske. Logano won Penske’s first Xfinity series race at Fontana and recorded his 29th career Xfinity win by leading 139 of the 150-lap race.
KohR Motorsports won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series (CTSC) race for the second consecutive year in Sebring, Florida. Drivers Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli picked up their first win as co-drivers in the No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4.
To wrap up the month of March, Clint Bowyer won his first race at Martinsville Speedway, leading a race high 215 laps in the MENCS STP 500. Bowyer recorded his first win under SHR and secured a spot in the run for the championship.
The No. 41 SHR driver Kurt Busch, leveraged the horsepower of the Ford FR9 engine to collect his 20thcareer pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
Texas also saw Team Penske’s No. 22 post its’ third win of the season in three straight races with its’ third different driver. Driver Ryan Blaney swept the NXS event by collecting both the pole and the race win.
California native, Joey Hand captured the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship pole in Long Beach, California, the location of the only street race on the IMSA schedule. The No. 66 FCGR team captured the pole with co-drivers Hand and Dirk Müller.
The double zero of Cole Custer (No. 00) from SHR captured consecutive Xfinity poles in Bristol, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia.
At Talladega Superspeedway it was the Ford Fusions that took the pole and checkered flag.

SHR drivers swept the front row of qualifying, with No. 4 Harvick securing the pole, covering the 2.66-mile track in 49.247 seconds (194.448 mph) and teammate No. 41 Busch earning P2.

Joey Logano, the No. 22 driver for Team Penske, came away from Talladega with the win and became the third Ford Performance driver to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Logano recorded Ford’s ninth plate race win out of the last 11 races. No manufacturer has dominated the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega more than Ford Performance, which has won 17 of the last 30 MENCS events at these two tracks.
In May, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK team started the FIA World Endurance Championship Series (WEC) season out strong by qualifying on the pole and capturing the win in the season opener in the Six Hours of Spa. Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Tony Kanaan took the pole in the No. 67.
No.66, FCGR sister-car, took home the checkered flag with Stefan Mücke and fellow drivers Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson.
Ford Performance | Ford GT wins WEC Season Opener at Spa
At Mid-Ohio, we saw the IMSA CTSC series, No.8 Ford Mustang GT4 team of Chad McCumbee and Patrick Gallagher start on the pole.
While, the No. 60 KohR Motorsports/Roush Performance Ford Mustang earned its second CTSC win of the season with drivers Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy taking the checkered flag in the Mid-Ohio 120.
The month of May started off red hot in NASCAR as well. Harvick didn’t waste any time kicking off the month in Dover, Delaware, where he drove to Victory Lane for the fourth time this season.
Harvick went on to record two more wins, in as many weeks. The first at Kansas Speedway where he also won the pole.
Ford Performance | Beginning of the 2018 NASCAR Season
He then came home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the home of NASCAR, where he won $1,000,000 in the NASCAR All-Star race.
Matt Kenseth returned to racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where his career started at Roush Fenway Racing, to record the 359th all-time career NASCAR pole for Jack Roush.
In addition, Brad Keselowski and Ford teammate Cole Custer made it a 1-2 start and finish for Ford Performance in the Charlotte Xfinity race, marking the fourth NXS win for Team Penske for the year.
Blaney recorded his second MENCS pole of the season in Pocono.
Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines horsepower dominated Michigan with seven Ford Fusions finishing in the top-8. Clint Bowyer alongside SHR teammates made it a 1-2-3 finish. The No. 14 of Bowyer, with Kevin Harvick and pole winner Kurt Busch, made history with the first 1-2-3 finish for SHR. Ford teams led a race total of 121 laps out of the 133 lap race.
Recording a blistering 23.971 lap time, Austin Cindric scored his first NXS pole in the No.22 Team Penske Ford Mustang at Iowa Speedway,
On track in Watkins Glen, New York, the Ford Mustang GT4 took the pole with No. 80 AWA team of Brett Sandberg and Martin Barkey.
After starting in the front row in P2, the No.8 Multimatic Motorsports Mustang brought home the checkered flag at Watkins Glen International in the Continental Tire 240 with teammates Chad McCumbee and Patrick Gallagher.
It was the No. 67 FCGR team, driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe, that secured the GTLM pole at The Glen and recorded a milestone 300th over-all pole for Roush Yates Engines.
The No. 66 Ford GT with Dirk Müller and Joey Hand recorded the second IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship win of the season for FCGR at Watkins Glen International, putting Ford on top of the Manufacturers’ points leader board.
Paul Menard in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion won his first pole of the season and first with the Wood Brothers by narrowly beating Ford teammate Ryan Blaney, making it an all Ford front row in Chicago.
This MOMENTUM will propel us into the second half of the year and keep us focused on the mission this weekend in Daytona Beach for NASCAR and in Ontario, Canada for the IMSA road race series.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 334 WINS – 301 POLES!
Special Tribute: 
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee – Jack Roush
Jack Roush was recognized in May for his many accomplishments, legendary career and contributions to the sport of NASCAR, by being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the five-member Class of 2019.
For almost 50 years Roush has been committed to winning on and off the track. As a direct result of Roush’s hard work, drive and dedication he turned his love of building engines and racing into 43 championships, more than 500 race wins in drag racing, sports car and stock car racing, 1,000 top-5 and over 2,000 top-10 finishes, while leading over 57,000 laps and turning well over a million miles.
Roush has made an indelible mark on NASCAR by achieving 325 NASCAR wins and eight NASCAR championships, while being a partner in Roush Yates Engines with NASCAR Hall of Famer Robert Yates and mentoring countless drivers and team members like NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

It is our honor and privilege to say, “Congratulations and Thank you Jack!”

* Pictures and videos courtesy of Ford Performance and NASCAR Media

FORD GT & GT4 TOP THE PODIUMS AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK!

Posted on: July 9th, 2018
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BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – July 9, 2018 – As road racing crossed the border into Canada, it was the Fords that took the top podium positions for the second consecutive week in both the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (WTSC) and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) series.

The No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) team of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix on Sunday, while the No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4 found Victory Lane in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 on Saturday afternoon.

“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Chip and his team, and the Roush Performance/KohR Motorsports teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To put back-to-back wins together in consecutive weeks, in two highly competitive race series, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team. We are constantly collaborating with Ford Performance to give the teams the best package to go out and win.”

The No. 67, FCGR team started on the front row after team driver Ryan Briscoe secured a P2 starting position in Saturday’s qualifying event.

“The car was a real handful,” Briscoe commented in Victory Lane. “We made adjustments with the tire pressures and ran the absolute perfect strategy, got Rick in and he just drove masterfully. We caught the yellow at the end, saw that happening and dove in the pits and came out with the lead.”

The two-hour, 40 minute at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, started out a with a few challenges, with both FCGR cars finding it difficult to find grip in the tires.

It took patience and great strategy calls by the team manager to put the No. 67 in position to take over the lead in the race. With a risky call to stay out after the leader came in for their last pitstop, the No. 67 inherited the P1 position and was able to string together several fast laps to build a double-digit lead. The race came down to managing lap times, tires, and fuel which Westbrook did perfectly.

With 25 minutes left in the race a full course caution came out, leaving an opening for the No. 67 to hit pit lane for a splash of gas and two left side tires, executing a perfect pitstop before the pits closed.
The No. 67 Ford GT led the last 27 laps of the race to take the checkered flag and win their second race of the season and Roush Yates Engines’ 50th overall Road Race win.

No. 67 FCGR team regained the lead in the Driver and Team Points Standings. In addition, Ford built on its’ lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings, now leading by 8 points.

In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, the No. 60 Roush Performance / KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, with drivers Nate Stacy and Canadian native, Kyle Marcelli made it to the top of the podium for the third time this season, following their wins at Sebring and Mid-Ohio.
Stacy drove a great opening stint, setting up Marcelli to jump in for the second stint. Marcelli drove a lean fuel strategy, taking the checkered flag on mere fumes before running out of fuel on the way to Victory Lane.

“It’s a pleasure racing here at home,” said Marcelli. “I love the weather, I love the racetrack, the people. It was a good day. It was a tough stint for me…it became a fuel conservation race for us. I went to the ‘fuel used’ page on the dash and just watched it and called out the number every single lap, so much that we were lifting early for turn one, two and eight, and basically just using the gearbox to slow the car down. It paid off. We saved about two-and-a-half laps of fuel and were able to win.”

The No. 80 AWA team of Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg finished a strong second, following up their win in Watkins Glen. In addition, the No. 7 VOLT Racing Ford GT4 finished just off the podium in P4.

Marcelli and Stacy now lead the Drivers Points Standings, while Roush Performance / KohR Motorsports lead the Team Points Standings. In addition, Ford extended their lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings to 14 points in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, GS class.

With one race left on the East Coast, we will shift focus to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 21st. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 336 WINS – 301 POLES!
*Photography courtesy of Ford Performance

Industry Insights: Doug Yates

Posted on: July 13th, 2018
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By: Dave Argabright, Performance Racing Industry (PRI)

July 13, 2018

Building on the legacy of his legendary surname, this highly accomplished engine
builder and head of Roush Yates Engines reflects on career-defining moments,
influential figures throughout the years, challenges in NASCAR and beyond, and the
future of performance.

“My job as a leader is just to make sure I’m asking the right questions and we’re moving in the right direction,” Doug Yates said.

A second-generation engine builder who was twisting wrenches in his father’s shadow as a
teenager, Doug Yates has risen to become one of the most respected figures in professional
engine building. Today he heads Roush Yates Engines, the provider of horsepower for Fordpowered
teams in NASCAR as well as sports car racing.

A 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University, Yates immediately joined Robert Yates Racing,
led by his father, legendary engine builder Robert Yates. He soon ascended to the role of lead
engine builder for the team, winning the 1999 Winston Cup title with Dale Jarrett at the wheel.
In 2003 Doug Yates was tasked with creating a company that merged the engine-building efforts
of Robert Yates and Jack Roush—fierce, lifelong competitors. The historic merger birthed Roush Yates Engines, and with Doug Yates at the helm the company rose to become a key strategic partner of the Ford Motor Company.

The performance world is filled with ups and downs, and at this writing in mid-May, Roush Yates
is on a significant upswing. Their engines have led the way in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
competition in 2018, with Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing scoring an impressive five Cup
victories in 12 races, along with teammate Clint Bowyer taking the checkered flag once so far this
season.

Yates recently sat down with PRI to discuss a variety of topics, and in the process shared some interesting thoughts on the future of engine performance.

PRI: From the beginning—and I’m going back to your dad Robert’s earlier years— Ford has been
in the picture at Roush Yates. How did that relationship begin?

Yates: My dad’s first job in the late 1960s was with Caterpillar, working in the field repairing heavy
equipment. His supervisor there told him about Holman Moody down in Charlotte and told him
he’d be a great fit there. Holman Moody was paying pretty well, and the supervisor urged my dad
to check it out. So he went down there and got a job. He started in the air gauge department, and
he excelled there because of his strong math skills. He worked really hard and paid attention to the details, and worked alongside people like Waddell Wilson and Tommy Turner and the other greats who came along in our sport. That was his first exposure with Ford, and when Ford exited
NASCAR for a while in the 1970s my dad went to work for Junior Johnson and was building
Chevrolet engines there. But his first steps in racing were with Ford, and around 1985 the Ford
guys—Lee Morse and those guys—called him and asked him to run Ranier-Lundy Racing, the 28
car. At that time Cale Yarborough was running a partial schedule with them, and ultimately, they
brought on Davey Allison as a rookie, and that’s where it all got started.

PRI: In recent years we’ve seen Roush Yates enter several new motorsports arenas such as IMSA
sports cars and FIA World Endurance Championship racing. How did the new direction come
about?

Yates: It’s interesting. We began our road race program with Don Panoz in 1999, the same year
we won the Winston Cup championship with Dale Jarrett. Don was basically running a fuelinjected
aluminum version of our NASCAR engine and was running the American Le Mans Series
here, as well as Le Mans. We got our first experience at Le Mans with Don and that engine, and
we’ve been road racing ever since. When the IMSA series changed in the early 2000s, we were
involved with that program with Multimatic Motorsports. We’ve been racing that type of engine—
basically a 5.2-liter injected Mustang engine—for quite some time. We’ve had a lot of success, and
we won the Rolex 24 in 2012 with Mike Shank, and in 2015, 2017 and 2018 with Chip Ganassi. I’m
really proud to say that our company won the Rolex 24 four times and won Le Mans in 2016.

Many people might not know that because that was in the background a little bit. But we’re proud
of our involvement. By being active with road racing from 1999 on, it gave us more opportunities.
When Ford wanted to go back to Le Mans with the EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, we were ready.
There wasn’t really a plan, but we were positioned well and the timing was right. When Ford called
on us to provide the engines and support for that program…I’m really glad we stayed involved in
road racing and I’m glad we stayed engaged. It’s a healthy activity and it’s something we’re proud
of.

PRI: Your resume is filled with motorsports experience, Doug, all the way to the beginning. Is your
current role as leader of the company a place where you believed you would ultimately be?

Yates: (Laughing.) No. My oldest son [graduated college this year], and I’ve been thinking a lot
about his future. I remember the day I graduated from NC State. I went to a function on Saturday
night here in Charlotte, and then I went to work on Monday morning and I’ve never checked up
since. When I went to work for my dad’s team, Robert Yates Racing, we had about 12 people in the
shop, and we owned three race cars and three engines. We all did everything—just worked. The
only vision we had was winning the next race. That was just the goal, every week. Work really hard
and find advantages and go win the race.

The vision my dad and I shared was to have a world-class engine shop, and that’s why I wanted to
go to engineering school. What I envisioned was lab coats and high-tech equipment, but I didn’t
really know exactly what that meant. In 2003 we moved into what we felt was our world-class
engine shop here in Mooresville, and that’s where we are today. But we didn’t really know where
it was going to go. We were racers, and we just wanted to do the best we could do. Through theyears, looking ahead, working hard, having great engines, more and more people wanted to use our product. By doing a good job, and being diligent and focused, it presented those
opportunities.

There was a time when every team in NASCAR built their own engines. Today you basically have
one builder pre-manufacturer, except for GM, which has two. That’s something I’m really proud
of. There wasn’t really a strategic plan, but more a matter of working hard and trying to be
prepared when opportunities came along.

PRI: I know it was very hard with the loss of your father a few months ago. I suspect you would
tell us that his impact on your company, and the people within it, is immeasurable.

Yates: It’s tough, it’s hard…I can’t even believe it, to be honest with you. It doesn’t seem real.
Without my dad’s vision and leadership and all the things he accomplished, we wouldn’t even be
talking today. He was such an influence on my life; I had a lifelong apprenticeship alongside him.
He taught me everything I know about engines, along with other great people I’ve worked with
through the years. But equally he taught me about life, and how to treat people and try to do the
right thing. His dad was a Baptist preacher, and that’s something he was very proud of. He
wanted to use his platform to help share his father’s message, and his way of sharing that was by
doing. Not by preaching, but by teaching by example. That was important to me, and it is reflected
in the people who work here at Roush Yates. Hopefully I can carry that on.

He would be so happy with our success this year. For Kevin Harvick to win five races, that’s
something we would be talking about on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday. He’d tell all his
buddies about it. He loved to race, and he loved NASCAR. He liked to compete and he liked to win.
He’d be very proud of all the people here and all the hard work they’ve done. I just wish he was
here to enjoy it with us.

PRI: In addition to your father, who can you look back upon as someone who had a big impact on
you and your life?

Yates: Scooter Brothers of COMP Cams, I call him my racing dad. When I graduated from college
and went to work tearing down engines and washing parts, I think the guys at the shop felt a little
sorry for me. “You went to college to come back and do this?” they’d ask. So they decided to give
me a project: working on a restrictor-plate engine. In the early days of restrictor-plate racing they
started out by downsizing the carburetor, going from an 830 cfm to a 390 cfm. And the cars were
still too fast. So they gave me the project of working on camshaft development, and handed me a
business card: Paul Brothers of COMP Cams. I dialed the number and asked for Paul Brothers.

The guy stopped me in my tracks and said, “First of all, my name is Scooter. And I’m going to help
you out with this project.” We became great friends and he’s been an important mentor for me.
On that first project together we sat on the pole of the 1991 Daytona 500 with Davey Allison. We
probably tested 25 different cams and made so much progress. The very next year we won the
500 with Davey Allison. Scooter was a huge part of that. Every year for the All-Star race—it used to
be called The Winston—we’d design a new camshaft for that race. We won the 1992 Winston with
Davey Allison on “One Hot Night” with that special camshaft.

But whether it was camshafts, or cylinder heads, or intake manifolds, or introducing me to people
like Bob Glidden, Scooter was there. Or if there were personal things I couldn’t talk with my dad
about, I could talk to Scooter. I could always call Scooter, and he would be there. And he still is
there today. He’s a great man who has helped so many people in racing. It’s a good community
and a good thing to be part of, and Scooter is truly one of the good guys in the sport

PRI: At the moment, your engines—and the teams you work with—are excelling on the track in
NASCAR. How much does that kind of success inspire the people in your building on a day-to-day
basis?

Yates: You know, we are blessed with such a great team of people. It’s interesting, you go through
seasons when you have a lot of success, and you go through seasons where you don’t. But you
can’t have a pep rally to fix losing. My dad always used to say, “You can’t lie to the grandstands.”
What I enjoy is that we have a final exam every Sunday. It’s easy to figure out how you’re doing.
And the mood of the people is directly related to your on-track success. Success breeds more
success. Our people right now, we could hardly run them out of here, could hardly get them to
stop working if we wanted to. They are here early in the morning and ready to get started, and
they’re here at 9 o’clock at night. Whatever it takes to do the job. My job as a leader is just to make
sure I’m asking the right questions and we’re moving in the right direction. Our team right now is so strong. Racing is a passion sport; there are easier ways to make a living than racing. But what you can’t replace is that feeling when you win a race. You can’t replace the satisfaction that you
had a part in an engine that won the race on Sunday. It’s hard to describe that, but it’s so special.

We have 185 people here who are engaged, and they are doing the best work they can do. The
secret to building great engines is what happens on the shop floor. Every decision that is made,
every test that is run. It’s great to see and I’m proud to be a part of it right now.

But we also know we still have a lot to do. I was walking through the shop this morning and highfiving
a guy and he said, “We’ve got one thing to do: win a championship.” That is exactly right.
They are locked and loaded, and this is a good time for us. I’m happy for everybody here to be a
part of it.

PRI: What would you point to as the biggest business challenge your company deals with today?

Yates: That’s a great question. It’s all about strategy. What do we do next, and how do we ensure
the future of our people and our company? What’s the next right move? We’ve been very
fortunate to make some good decisions in the past…when people came to us and asked us to
build their engines, we didn’t turn away from that. We accepted the challenge, and that positioned
us to merge with Jack Roush and his company to form Roush Yates. We’ve tried lots of things as a
business; we’ve had a parts business for a while, we built grassroots engines, and we’ve kind of
pared that back a little bit to focus on our core: building great engines for Ford Motor Company.
We want to be a great partner. But we also think about what else we could do based on what
we’re good at. We feel like we’re pretty good and getting better at machining, and manufacturing.
I think that has some runway. We could do some things at the aerospace level. We’re ISO certified,
AS9100, which is something we took on ourselves because we believed it would make us a better
company and be a catalyst for change. We’re really proud of that.

You have to think about strategy every day. You have to keep your eyes open for the next
opportunity, but you want to make sure you’re making good moves. I feel the responsibility for
trying to have a strong company for all of our employees and their families. The challenge is
seeing what the next three years, the next five years, will look like. There are a lot of changes with
NASCAR, a lot of change in the OEM space for sure, and change is exciting. We need to be ready
as a company to address those challenges and move ahead.

PRI: In this hyper-competitive arena, how do you recruit the skilled employees you need?

Yates: Talent is the key to the future, and you have to be intentional and develop that pipeline.
We have a great partnership with UTI and NASCAR Tech here in Mooresville, and that is a really
good education for entry-level technicians. People who come into the tear-down department, the
subassembly department, even machining. We’ve hired over 90 graduates from UTI, and that’s
something I’m proud of. Most recently they’ve started a CNC program, which is a partnership with
Roush Yates, and they recently had their first graduating class. We’ve hired three graduates from
that class for our manufacturing facility.

The skills gap that people talk about today in manufacturing is real. We see it here in racing, and
the rest of the world is seeing it, too. So we’re working on that pipeline and developing those skills. I feel like the NASCAR community has a very strong program here. On the engineering level we’re working with several universities—NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson— to develop a pipeline
for engineers to enter our company and grow with us. We still need to grow in that area, to
become more recognized.

When we go to job fairs we’re still a pretty small player, and people have a lot of questions about NASCAR and racing and do they want to get involved with it. We work with the SAE programs and find people who have a passion for racing. You have to work really hard in this area. I started out building engines and had no idea what the HR department did other than making sure we had insurance and making sure we got paid, but I came to realize
that a good HR department can really propel a company into the future.

PRI: Now, take that one step further: What does the next generation of racing engines look like?

Yates: That’s pretty exciting. It’s hard to say when NASCAR will make a transition, but our
experience in IMSA and Le Mans is racing production-relevant technology. Smaller cubic engines,
direct injection, turbos, and I think there will be an electrification component to that. All of that is
exciting, and I want to make sure our company is prepared for it. Stock car racing started out with stock engines. Today, we’re going to the All-Star race with a
restrictor-plate engine that is 420 horsepower. Production engines today can make way more
power than that, so it’s easy to imagine racing an EcoBoost engine in NASCAR in the future. The
challenge in that respect might be the sound; people love the V8 engines, they love the sound.
How do you bridge that gap? But from a powertrain standpoint, production engines with some
sort of electrification will probably come at some point.

Which is really exciting for engineers, by the way. One of the biggest challenges we had with
recruiting engineers into our company was the fact that people didn’t want to work with
carburetors. When NASCAR made the switch to the McLaren ECU and the EFI system, and the
digital dash, that kind of technology is good for the sport. Albeit it’s more expensive, that’s a fact.
But the technology attracts talent, which keeps NASCAR interesting for young people. Young
people today have all sorts of technology around them, and if you want to engage young people
you have to engage technology.

PRI: Somewhere, working in a small shop, is a guy who puts together engines for a couple of
short track teams. He has dreams of growing his business and hiring people and winning
championships. What advice would you give that guy?

Yates: Work hard, pay attention to the details, and network. Ask people questions. Whatever you
want to learn, people in this sport will provide the answers. Everybody wants to help others and
they love to answer questions. If you are struggling with something—technical or otherwise—
people are there to help you. This is a great community. Ultimately your product and the way you
treat people will define how far you can go with your business. And get your engines in winning
cars! That’s very important. But don’t be afraid to ask for help.

PRI: In the world of performance, does a Ford guy still take some pleasure in beating Chevrolet
guys?

Yates: You’d better believe it! My dad told me the story that when he went to work for Junior
Johnson, Ford had dominated recently at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Chevrolet was having
some challenges getting people in the grandstands. They built their first engine from a school bus
engine, and Charlie Glotzbach sat on the pole at Charlotte. Almost instantly all the Chevy guys
showed up in the grandstand, talking it up to the Ford guys on how they were going to beat ’em.
That’s what it’s all about. People love competition, and that’s what makes the world go around.
The best thing about our deal is that it’s Ford versus Chevrolet versus Toyota. We’ll have times
when we have our run, and GM and Toyota have had their times. You win on Sunday and sell on
Monday, and that still holds true today. We want to win our share and we want our Ford fans to
be proud, and that’s what keeps us going.

 

THE QUEST FOR FORD’S BIGGEST NASCAR FAN:

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LOCAL CONNECTICUT-BASED SMALL BUSINESS FINDS PRESTIGIOUS PLACE ON HOOD OF KENSETH’S NO. 6 FUSION THIS WEEKEND:

 

MOORESVILLE, NC, July 19, 2018 — The season-long quest to find Ford’s biggest NASCAR fan will continue with a new element this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Ford will recognize Constantine Sealing Service of Glastonbury, Connecticut, as the Official Small Business of the Ford Hall of Fans. The company will have its name splashed across the hood of the No. 6 Fusion and driver Matt Kenseth’s uniform for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

“The response from individuals who have shown creativity and enthusiasm for Ford Hall of Fans has been great, but there are a lot of small businesses who display their loyalty to Ford and NASCAR as well, and we wanted to recognize that,” said Jeannee Kirkaldy, motorsports marketing manager, Ford Performance.  “Constantine Sealing is a family-owned business that has supported racing on a local level while also being great ambassadors for Ford.”

Constantine Sealing Service was started in 1979 by then-18-year-old Bill Constantine Jr., and has grown steadily ever since. He and his three sons now head an operation that includes a variety of commercial and residential pavement maintenance services in Connecticut and surrounding states, including paving, asphalt repairs, line striping, and seal coating. The family owns approximately 20 Ford vehicles of all shapes and sizes for both personal and professional use.

“I’ve been following racing for 42 years,” said Constantine, a long-time sponsor of street stock and pro stock cars at Stafford Speedway in Connecticut. “When they told me we were going to be on the hood of Matt Kenseth’s car, I could not believe it. I figured it was going to be a little sticker on a quarter panel or something like that, but then when they sent me the picture of the car I was in a state of shock. I didn’t know what to say or what to do.”

Constantine counts Ford drivers Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kenseth among his current favorites, and recalls rooting for the likes of Cale Yarborough, Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin through the years.

“We used to go every year to the Daytona 500 from the early 1980s to the early 2000s,” said Constantine. “I didn’t miss a year. I’m a Ford man. When I was growing up, my dad always had Fords and bought them from Monaco Ford. I remember him telling me what good people they had working there, and ever since he said that our whole family has bought nothing but Fords.”

Ford Hall of Fans launched earlier this year in an effort to recognize the people who make the sport tick – the fans. People can nominate themselves by submitting a video or photo that showcases their passion for NASCAR.

Entries will be accepted through Aug. 19, 2018. A panel of judges will decide on 16 semifinalists. The public will be invited to cast a vote for their favorite, and six finalists will be selected to attend Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18, 2018. Two grand prize winners will emerge after a series of competitions. Each will receive a VIP trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a new Ford vehicle of their choice.

Nominate yourself for the Ford Hall of Fans at NASCAR.com/Ford.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

IT WILL BE AN ALL-GT CLASS BATTLE AT LIME ROCK PARK!

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LIMEROCK, CT – July 20, 2018 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing is on a hot streak and hoping to keep it going at the Northeast Grand Prix.

The 2-hour, 40-minute, all-GT class race will put an even greater spotlight on the GTLM category just when the competition couldn’t be more difficult for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Ford CGR, current leaders in the championship points, enters the race hot off two wins in a row, at Watkins Glen (No. 66 Ford GT) and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (No. 67 Ford GT). They also locked out the front row in qualifying at the Glen and put the No. 67 of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook on the front row at CTMP at p2.

It’s a welcome boost of confidence in the toughest stretch of the season, where teams start to see if they have a realistic chance at winning the championship title. It’s also the home race of Briscoe, who lives in nearby Farmington, Conn. with his wife and two daughters.

“I’m excited to have my home race at Lime Rock, coming off the win in Canada,” Briscoe said. “We’re excited to go there and try to carry some momentum knowing that it’s going to be a really tough race. It always is, but I enjoy the circuit and enjoy the racing there. We’ll be pushing hard for another strong result.”

Ford maintains the series manufacturers points lead over Chevrolet and Porsche entering the Northeast Grand Prix.

“I’m really looking forward to Lime Rock because it’s a different kind of race,” said Müller, who shares the No. 66 Ford GT with Joey Hand. “It’s full of strategy. I’m looking forward to getting the best strategy out of every team and from our Ford Chip Ganassi Racing boys. At the same time, I’m trying to take all the momentum we are having right now the last few weeks, including the podium at the Le Mans 24 and the victory for us at Watkins Glen, then the fabulous victory for the 67 last weekend.”

“We are full of energy and I like to try to direct that energy forwards and push ourselves for Lime Rock,” Müller said. “We’re in the championship hunt and it’s looking really good. I like Lime Rock, Joey likes Lime Rock. It’s a little different race, there are only a few corners but at the same time traffic is really, really important at the same time. It is usually extremely warm and humid so it’s physical for the driver. I’m really looking forward to the strategy calls and at the same time to get good car setup from (engineer) John (Hennek). Really looking forward and can’t wait to get back in the car.”

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

HARVICK WINS 6th RACE OF THE SEASON!

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LOUDON, NH – July 23, 2018 – Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion won his sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season by winning the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“Congratulations to Kevin, Tony, Gene and everyone at Stewart-Haas,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was an incredible run by Kevin in those final laps, catching and passing Kyle. I’m so proud our team has the opportunity to provide the power for these Ford Fusions. Racing is our company’s passion and it doesn’t get much better than a win like today. I tell our employees, we get tested every weekend and this Sunday we passed the test.”
Five Ford Fusions finished in the top-10, three from the SHR organization and two from the Team Penske organization. Pole sitter, Kurt Busch lead 94 total laps and finished P8.
SHR teammate Aric Almirola had his best finish of the 2018 season finishing P3, after leading 42 laps.
In addition, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano finished P7 and P9 respectively.
The last 10 laps of the race turned into the epic battle of the Titians. The No. 4 Ford Fusion, powered by the Ford FR9 EFI engine, drove the most meticulous laps of the race. With the No. 18 Toyota in the lead, Harvick consistently narrowed the gap lap-by-lap, until lap 294. Harvick passed the No. 18 on the inside to take the lead and went onto lead the last 6 laps of race to take the checkered flag.
“Winning is important and you’ve got to try to take every opportunity you can,” commented Harvick in Victory Lane. “I felt like my car was better. He was in the lane that I needed to be in and as you get to the end, …., you’ve got to be aggressive and do what you’ve got to do sometimes to win these races. It’s one of those deals and we want to win. Points are everything and getting a “W” is what it’s all about.”

This marked Harvick’s 43rd career win and first time in his career to win six races in a season.

With just six races remaining in the regular season, seven Ford Performance drivers are positioned to be in the Playoffs. Currently Harvick leads the Playoff Standings’ leader board with 32 Playoff Points. Clint Bowyer is in P4 followed by Logano P5, Kurt Busch P8, Brad Keselowski P9, Blaney P11 and Almirola P13.

Team Penske also found success this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Brad Keselowski piloted the No. 22 Menards Ford Mustang to its fourth pole and marked the eighth overall Ford Performance NXS pole for the season.

The MENCS and NXS split the schedule this weekend. MENCS will be in Pocono and NXS head out to Iowa. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 337 WINS – 304 POLES!
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FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING WINS THIRD STRAIGHT RACE WITH FORD GT!

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LIME ROCK, CT – July 23, 2018 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing won their third straight IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (WTSC) race of the season. It was the No. 66, piloted by Joey Hand (and Dirk Müller) that took the checkered flag in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park race on Saturday.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Chip and the teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m so proud of the team, winning their fourth race of the season. It’s a great confidence builder for us, as we head to Road America, a track well suited for the Ford GT and EcoBoost engine. We need to keep our heads down and continue to stay focused on doing even the small things well and keep digging.”

The win streak continued for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) teams, scoring their fourth win of the season. Both teams have two wins now. The season started with the No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while it was the No. 66 teammates taking the top podium spot at Watkins Glen. Then the No. 67 team won their second race of the season at the Canadian Tire Motorsports in Canada and now it’s the No. 66 taking the podium once again at Lime Rock.

FCGR knew it was going to be a battle on the 1.5-mile track. The No. 66 started the race in P3, while the No. 67 started in the fifth position. The No. 66 ran in P3 for the majority of the day, but both teams kept digging and adjusting to race conditions to optimize the Ford GTs’ performance over the course of the two-hour and 40-minute race.

It came down to the last 15 minutes of the race before the No. 66 of Hand was able to reel in and pass the No. 3 Corvette for the lead. Hand went onto lead the last 16 laps of the race.
“The depth of talent at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing showed itself again today, but also in the last three races,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “It was a big win, a great win for the team. They are finding different ways to win. We couldn’t be prouder of the effort from everyone today.”

Marking the mid-way point in the season, championship points are at a premium as the GTLM class point spread tightens up with only two points separating first, two and third.

No. 66 FCGR team regained the lead in the Driver and Team Points Standings, in addition, Ford built on its’ lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings, now leading by 11 points.

Ford also continues to lead in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, GS Manufacturer Points Standings by 12 points over second place.
The Ford teams are headed to the heart of the mid-west, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, to defend their 2018 wins in GTLM and GS at Road America. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 338 WINS – 304 POLES!
*Images courtesy of Ford Performance