Archive for May, 2019

Reaching for Mid-Ohio Redemption After Last Year’s Frustrating Finish for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Posted on: May 2nd, 2019
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Reaching for Mid-Ohio Redemption After Last Year’s Frustrating Finish for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Joey Hand will once again pass driving duties off to Sébastien Bourdais in order to focus on Le Mans
  • Ford Chip Ganassi Racing seeks its first victory of 2019 as IMSA arrives at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the ‘regular season’ of the WeatherTech Championship; finished fourth and fifth at the track last year
  • Four years ago, the first race weekend in May saw the new Ford GT, driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe, pick up its first global victory in the IMSA race at Laguna Seca
  • All four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs are in action this weekend, as WEC team also runs the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
  • Bourdais returns for a second consecutive race in a fill in role for Joey Hand, who is focusing on recovery efforts to ensure he’s prepared for Le Mans

LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 2, 2019–Can history repeat itself?

Four years ago, on this very same first race weekend of May, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing accomplished a landmark achievement when Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe took the No. 67 Ford GT to victory lane at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., the first global win for the then-new Ford GT race car.

This weekend, Westbrook and Briscoe will join teammates Dirk Mueller and Sébastien Bourdais in seeking to return a Ford GT to IMSA victory lane for the first time since last summer’s race at Road America.

Bourdais returns for a second consecutive race in a fill in role for Joey Hand, who is focusing on recovery efforts to ensure he’s prepared for Le Mans.

“It’s really been a rough few weeks dealing with this very strong virus,” said Hand. “Under doctors’ orders, I’ve had to rest with no physical activity whatsoever. Only this week have I felt well enough and been given the okay to do light training and resume preparation for driving again. Having missed my home race at Long Beach and now effectively out of the drivers’ championship points chase, my main priority and focus is to be 100% for Le Mans.

“It’s so tough to miss another race,” he continued. “But with the unknown of how I would feel getting back into the racecar later this week for Mid-Ohio, I certainly did not want to jeopardize and compromise Dirk’s and the team’s chances of success. So we’ve made the collective decision to wait one more event before I get back behind the wheel. Fortunately having Seb available again, means the team still has a great shot at the win! I’ll be cheering the boys on.”

In 2018, IMSA returned to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 2013’s GRAND-AM race. The pair of Ford GTs qualified sixth and seventh before subsequently finishing fourth and fifth. After coming up short in the first three races of 2019, the Fords are looking to capitalize during this midwestern foray and gain momentum heading into next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

“The Ford GT program has been an immense success overall,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “But on top of the great development learnings we’ve gained from this program, we obviously want wins when we show up at a race track. We struggled a bit at this race last year and have come up just shy of a win at all three IMSA races so far this year, but we think we have a good shot at redeeming both those situations this weekend.”

The first three races of the IMSA season feature a twice-around-the-clock race at Daytona, a once-around-the-clock race at Sebring and a brief 100-minute sprint around the streets of Long Beach.  Mid-Ohio is the first race to feature the two-hour, 40-minute runtime that makes up the bulk of the WeatherTech Championship races. As the ‘regular season’ begins, all four drivers are looking to kick things into high gear.

Mueller and Westbrook have both captured sports car endurance wins at Mid-Ohio in the past, while Bourdais is seeking his first victory at the Lexington, Ohio facility.  Briscoe is also anxious to unload as he has an INDYCAR victory on the circuit, but none yet in sports car racing.

“We’re really looking forward to getting to Mid-Ohio and getting this GT program to the top of the podium for the first time this year,” said Briscoe.  “Four years ago this week, Westy and I got the Ford GT’s first win at Laguna Seca, and that victory really gave our whole Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team momentum for the rest of the year.  We’d like to duplicate that kind of performance as we get ready for Le Mans next month.”

Mueller and Bourdais are currently fourth in the drivers’ championship standings, with Westbrook and Briscoe sixth.  Ford currently sits third in the manufacturers’ standings, 10 points out of first.

The IMSA Sports Car Challenge begins Sunday, May 5, with coverage beginning at 1:30 pm ET on NBCSN domestically and IMSA.tv internationally.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s WEC team will also be in action this weekend at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, their final tune-up before Le Mans.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

PRIAULX & TINCKNELL TAKE THE POLE AT SPA

Posted on: May 3rd, 2019
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  • Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) take pole position in the #67 Ford GT for tomorrow’s ‘6 Hours of Spa-Franchorchamps’
  • The British duo also took pole at Spa during the opening round of the 2018-19 WEC Super Season
  • The #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA) will start from sixth place
  • Wintry weather looks set to play a part in tomorrow’s race
  • The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps starts this Saturday at 13:30 CET

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, May 3, 2019 – Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell drove the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT to pole position at Spa today, taking the extra point for pole and setting themselves up for a strong start to tomorrow’s six-hour World Endurance Championship race. This is the second pole position at Spa for the British duo during the WEC Super Season. The #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla – the race winner last time out at Spa – will start from sixth place on the grid.


Wintry weather is forecast at Spa overnight, which could make for an interesting race day for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps but whatever the weather, the #67 Ford GT will start from the front.

“Today’s result is actually a bit of a surprise!” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “When we saw the time the BMW did we thought we couldn’t match that but the strategy of doing three runs paid off very well and Andy and Harry both did mega laps, delivering a fantastic result for the team. It’s a shame #66 didn’t quite get the perfect lap but I’m really happy with the team’s performance.”

Priaulx and Tincknell know how to get the job done at Spa and two poles in a row will give them a lot of confidence going into tomorrow’s race.

“I’m so pleased with that, I’m shaking!” said Tincknell. “The car felt unbelievable in that session, as if it was running on rails. We’ve had a pretty quick car in the dry all weekend. We tweaked it a bit after each practice session and it still needed a little bit more after the last session this morning and I have to say that Wilks (David Wilcock, Race Engineer) and the engineering team hit the nail right on the head.

“We went all out to get pole today and we’re happy to take the extra point,” he continued. “It’s supposed to snow overnight and then it’s supposed to rain but let’s just see what happens tomorrow. We know the car is quick in the dry and we know that if we can turn the tyre on in the wet we have a fast car there too. We’re starting from the front which is always the best view, especially when it is wet!”


The 6 Hours of Spa-Franchorchamps underway tomorrow, May 4 at 13:30 CET.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

IN OVERTIME, KESELOWSKI WINS KANSAS

Posted on: May 13th, 2019
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Kansas City, KS – May 13, 2019 – Brad Keselowski won his 30th career NASCAR Cup win and 21st with Ford Performance in a thrilling overtime performance at Kansas Speedway. With a lot of grit and determination, Keselowski drove to his third win of the year in Kansas City, Kansas for Team Penske and the No. 2 crew.
“Congratulations to Brad, Roger, and crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We saw an epic battle tonight, but Brad kept digging and never gave up until he took the checkered flag. These are the moments we live for in racing and remember for a long time afterwards. We are privileged to be part of this winning combination with Brad, Team Penske and Ford Performance.”
Pole winner and 2019 defending Kansas race winner, Kevin Harvick and Kansas native, Clint Bowyer led the forty-car field to the green flag on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick went onto lead a race high 105 laps on his way to winning Stage 1 of the Digital Ally 400. Five different Ford Mustangs led throughout the race to lead a combined 141 laps out of the extended 271-lap race.
The No. 2, Team Penske Ford Mustang, powered by the Ford FR9 engine, led two times for 12 laps. After going down a lap early in the race, it looked like it would be a long way back, but with grit, determination, and great pit call strategies by Paul Wolfe, he put the No. 2 in position to challenge for the win during over-time.

In a two-lap overtime shootout, Keselowski, beat Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by .205 seconds, as the race went four laps beyond its scheduled 267. This marked Team Penske’s fourth win of the season.

“I am just thankful to be at this level,” commented Keselowski in Victory Lane. “I never dreamed I would ever be in the Cup Series. I just dreamed of making a living in racing. I worked with guys like Mike Mittler who taught me the grit and energy and effort you have to have to be successful in this sport. Mike was local to this area and he passed away yesterday. It hurts to lose guys like that because they mean so much to me and the sport. I think this was hopefully something he would be proud of.”

Bowyer also battled hard, finishing P5, with Roush Fenway Racing’s, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing P11, followed by Aric Almirola P12, Harvick P13, Daniel Suárez P14, and Joey Logano P15.

 

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 360 WINS – 332 POLES!
* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media

Partnership Renewal | RKL eSolutions & Roush Yates Engines

Posted on: May 16th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, May 16, 2019 – Roush Yates Engines announced today it has reached a multi-year technology partnership extension agreement with RKL eSolutions.

RKL eSolutions has been an integral part of providing business management software solutions to Roush Yates Engines, since 2015 with the implementation of the Sage Enterprise Management ERP system. This system has helped track over 4,000,000 parts during the past four years, making sure the right parts are in the right engines for race day.

“Sage’s integrated functionality has enhanced our ability to extract information from our data at a faster rate than ever before,” said Todd English, VP Strategic Partnerships and Marketing, Roush Yates Engines. “RKL eSolutions’ team continues to think outside the box to help us streamline our operations and provide accurate information back to critical aspects of our business including inventory management, purchasing, finance, and assembly, creating more accurate and efficient cost roll ups, a key aspect of business today.”

They are part of our winning formula, helping us track, manage, and develop accurate costing of our race winning engines, like Kevin Harvick’s 2018 All-Star win in Charlotte, NC. Roush Yates Engines and RKL eSolutions have won over 125 races together since 2015.
With more than 40% of our engine parts machined internally at Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, it is imperative that our ERP system has flexibility, traceability, and enhances our company’s productivity and bottom line.
“RKL is the complete, closed loop package,” commented Kevin Reyes, Director of Information Systems, Roush Yates Engines. “They are a true partner! We have worked together to develop best practices and solutions. We recently upgraded our SAGE Enterprise Management {EM} system from version 7 to 12 and the entire team at RKL, from operations to finance, provided a seamless transition.”
“With the increased business visibility from Sage Enterprise Management, we have been able to sustain and overcome cost containment measures and changes within the NASCAR model,” stated Mary Ann Mauldwin, Chief Operating Officer, Roush Yates Engines. “We now get powerful and accurate information daily to direct key initiatives within our company.”
Joe Noll, President of RKL eSolutions stated, “RKL eSolutions is excited to renew its partnership with Roush Yates Engines. Sage Enterprise Management provides the platform for us to help Roush Yates Engines optimize its business operations, from accounting through production, efficiently and cost effectively. With collaboration from Roush Yates Engines, we look forward to enhancing the software solutions and services we offer to all of our manufacturing customers and prospects.”
About RKL eSolutions
Founded in 2002 in Lancaster, PA, RKL eSolutions simplifies technology by representing a range of solutions including; Finance & Manufacturing software from Sage, Human Capital Management (HCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and the most widely-used network and IT products from Cisco, VMWare and Microsoft. When necessary, its software development experts customize solutions that pick up where “out-of-the-box” technology leaves off, delivering a turnkey solution for your company.From sales to accounting, in the warehouse or on the shop floor, and from the server room to the Cloud, RKL eSolutions offers the resources and expertise to support all of your technology needs – software, IT, and custom development all under one roof.For more information about RKL eSolutions visit https://www.rklesolutions.com or contact them at (717) 735-9109.

Video|STARRETT WHEN THERE’S NO ROOM FOR ERROR

Posted on: May 19th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, May 20, 2019 – Starrett, an industry leader in metrology tools and equipment for over 135 years, has been an official partner of Roush Yates Engines since 2016. Starrett’s premier measuring and inspection tools have been a key component in delivering championship winning engines and world-class products around the world.

“We utilize the Starrett inspection equipment for accuracy, reliability, and repeatability,” said Jennifer LaFever, NASCAR QA Manager, Roush Yates Engines. “We must have 100% confidence that our parts are accurate and correct every single time. Starrett tools provide us that confidence, when there is no room for error.”

Starrett’s standard of quality and workmanship is the best in the industry as their accuracy and product performance exceed national and international standards. This is critical when developing and machining world-class products for the automotive, aerospace, defense, and high-tech industries.