Archive for August, 2019

AUSTIN CINDRIC WINS HIS FIRST CAREER XFINITY SERIES RACE

Posted on: August 5th, 2019
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WATKINS GLEN, NY – August 5, 2019 – Austin Cindric won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season, winning the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang. Cindric, became the youngest driver in series history to win at a road course at age 20.
“Congratulations Austin, Tim, Roger and Brian Wilson,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Austin drove an incredible race and displayed his driving experience in those last nine laps. Brian and Austin were well prepared with their race strategy and they executed flawlessly for the win. It’s great to see all three Ford Performance drivers with wins this year as we approach the 2019 Xfinity Series playoffs.”
Cindric in the No. 22 Ford Mustang was in the lead on lap 69, when his crew chief called him to pit road during the sixth caution of the race for fresh tires. After restarting in ninth, on lap 73, Cindric began working his way through the field. After another quick caution on lap 76, Cindric restarted sixth and quickly moved into second place behind the race leader. On lap 81, during an intense battle, Cindric was able to nudge the leader and took the lead.

“AJ is a hell of a race car driver, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy even if we got there with way newer tires,” Cindric said. “I’m just so blessed and appreciative of this kind of an opportunity at this stage, racing these types of race cars, and I hope this is first of many.”

All four Ford Performance drivers finished in the top 10 at Watkins Glen International, Team Penske teammates Austin Cindric in P1 and Ryan Blaney in P4 while Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Chase Briscoe finished P6 and Cole Custer P7.

In the Monster Energy NASCAR Series Race, Ryan Blaney, from Team Penske, finished P5 in the GoBowling at the Glen. Ford teammates Kevin Harvick finished in P7, Brad Keselowski in P9, and Aric Almirola in P12.
This weekend the MENCS returns to Michigan International Speedway while the Xfinity Series races at Mid-Ohio. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 368 WINS – 344 POLES!
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FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING WINS AT ROAD AMERICA

Posted on: August 5th, 2019
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ELKHART LAKE, WI – August 5, 2019 – Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe drove the No. 67 Ford GT to a win on Sunday, in the IMSA Road Race Showcase, making it three wins in a row for Ford Performance at Road America. The No. 66, driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Müller, made it a double podium for the second consecutive weekend, finishing second.

“Congratulations to Chip, Ford Performance, and the entire Ford Chip Ganassi Organization,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “For these race teams to finish 1 – 2, it showcases the effort and talent of these drivers and crews that compete in the GTLM class.  Congratulations to our team at Roush Yates Engines as well, this team is constantly working with Ford Performance to optimize the power and performance of the Ford GT.”
In a different race strategy, Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won on a two-stop pit stop compared to three-stop pit stop strategy used at Lime Rock Raceway. After qualifying second, Briscoe took the lead passing the class pole sitter on lap 19 and turned the car over to Westbrook six laps later. Westbrook took the lead for good on lap 61 and crossed the finish line 10.657 seconds ahead of Ford Performance teammate Hand. In total Briscoe and Westbrook led 34 of the 77 laps in the GTLM class during the two hour, 40-minute race.

“I think the yellow-free race played to our strength of long runs,” Briscoe stated. “It was a pretty straightforward strategy of two stops. We were definitely better at the end of the stints than a lot of the other cars out there. We knew our advantage was going to be on old tires and that showed today. I think that’s where we made the difference.”

“Polar opposite of Lime Rock, when we won on a three-stopper,” Westbrook said. “Today, we made the two-stopper work. Just feels awesome. Ryan did a killer job today, put me in a really strong position.”

“I’m so proud of how hard the team has been working all season and to see the results with two consecutive wins is outstanding!” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
In addition, in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge on Saturday, the No. 60 KohR Motorsports team of Nate Stacy / Kyle Marcelli finished P12 and the No. 40 PF Racing team of James Pesek / Jade Buford P23 in rainy and damp conditions.

IMSA will head to Virginia International Raceway for its next race on August 23rd – 25th.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 369 WINS – 344 POLES!
* Photos courtesy of Ford Performance

KEVIN HARVICK & AUSTIN CINDRIC SWEEP NASCAR WEEKEND AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY & MID-OHIO

Posted on: August 12th, 2019
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BROOKLYN, MI – August 12th, 2019 – Kevin Harvick won his second NASCAR MENCS race this season, winning the Consumer Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang. Since June of 2018, the Michigan Heritage Trophy has been at Ford Motor Company and with this win it will stay at Ford for the next 10 months.
“It was an incredible weekend for Ford Motor Company and Ford Performance NASCAR teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was special to be able to congratulate Edsel Ford and Kevin Harvick in Victory Lane. Competition in the MENCS and Xfinity series is extremely tough and to be able to win both poles and races this weekend is a testament to our partnership with Ford and our race teams.”
During MENCS qualifying, on Friday, Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang claimed the pole with the fastest lap time of 37.801. Harvick claimed the inside pole position while Ford Mustangs led the qualifying session with 8 out of the top 12 fastest times.
Harvick overcame a punctured right front tire early in the race but lined up seventh during the final restart on lap 153. During this final green flag run, Harvick passed Logano on lap 183 and took the checkered flag 1.595 seconds in front of second place. Ford Performance teammates led a total of 143 laps out of the 200-lap race.
“Doug and everybody at Roush Yates Engines does a great job and obviously Ford puts a big circle around these two Michigan races to come up here and be the top manufacturer, and when you look at our engine program, I think that these particular racetracks really fit the style of our torque curves and the things that we do, and it was right in our wheelhouse,” said Harvick.
“Of all the active tracks on the circuit, we have 38 or 39 wins at Michigan. I think it is a combination of the power and fuel economy which is a testament to Doug Yates, Roush Yates and the engine team, and use of our analytical tools to optimize the power and fuel economy which we saw today with what Kevin and the Stewart-Haas team was able to do,” commented Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance.
Only three races remain before the 2019 MENCS Playoffs. Ford Performance currently has seven drivers in the top-16 regular season standings; Joey Logano P2, Kevin Harvick P3, Brad Keselowski P6, Ryan Blaney P9, Aric Almirola P11, Ryan Newman P15, and Clint Bowyer P16.
In addition, Austin Cindric won his second NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season, winning the B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang. Cindric, started from the pole position with a lap time of 84.231 seconds and a speed of 95.506 mph.
After starting from the pole position, Cindric was able to lead the first 18 laps before pitting for four fresh tires and fuel. He was able to regain the lead on lap 44 before his final pit stop and lined up seventh for the restart on lap 60. Within two laps, Cindric was back in the lead and crossed the finish line 3.78 seconds ahead of second place. In total, Cindric led 46 of the 75-lap race at the 2.258, 13-turn Mid-Ohio course.
“I think this gives our team a lot of confidence. When we come to racetracks like this, we have a lot of assurance in our racecars and our speed. I am just over the moon to get my first win here at Mid-Ohio and my second win within a week of each other – it’s just incredible,” said Cindric.
All three Ford Performance drivers finished in the top-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Austin Cindric in P1 while Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Chase Briscoe finished P7 and Cole Custer in P8.

Both the NASCAR MENCS and Xfinity Series return to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend!

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 371 WINS – 346 POLES!
* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media