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Doug Yates & Dave Pericak Discuss 2017 Season

Posted on: February 14th, 2017
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The 2017 NASCAR season kicks off Saturday, February 18th with ‘The Clash’ at Daytona International Speedway. It has been an exciting and busy off-season. Everyone has been fine tuning their strategies for the 59th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 26th. Doug Yates CEO of Roush Yates Engines and Dave Pericak global director, Ford Performance recently sat down with the media to share their thoughts on the upcoming season.

DAVE PERICAK  – WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR NASCAR IN 2017?  “To continue the progression that you’ve seen hopefully within Ford Performance over the years and prove that we’re taking NASCAR very seriously.  It is a priority for us.  It’s gonna be exciting this year to include Stewart-Haas in the lineup of Fords on the track and to level the playing field a bit … go out there and use everything we’ve learned from aerodynamics, our engine technology and some of the other things we’ve done with the teams – some of the tools that we’ve created and our simulator and everything else and bring it all together so that you can see more Fords running up front.”

DOUG YATES  – THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FORMAT CHANGES AND SCHEDULING TWEAKS.  HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOU FROM AN ENGINE STANDPOINT?  “I think we’re gonna have to work through it and see, but whenever there is change there is definitely an opportunity.  Those are the things we’re gonna have to work on as well as incorporate here into our durability cycle when we test the engines, but it looks we’re gonna have to have our best power, best restart capability and just really take advantage of the new rules and be ready for that challenge when it comes.”

HOW DOES THE 2017 AERO PACKAGE IMPACT AN ENGINE BUILDER?  “Every time they take downforce off the car, they’re off the throttle more.  What we pay attention to is really what the engine sees, what the wide-open throttle time is.  When we had the high downforce package, we had more wide-open throttle time.  When they keep taking downforce off, we have less, so that usually means the RPM spread is greater, which means you have to pay attention to the low RPM performance of the engine. It will be a little bit similar to the start of last year, so we know what to expect and we’ll just work towards tailoring the power curve for that situation.”

DO YOU SEE DURABILITY BEING A MAJOR ISSUE WITH THIS NEW FORMAT?  IF SO, WHAT WILL YOU DO?  “It’s gonna be all new to us.  There’s gonna be harder racing, more competitive racing.  That’s the goal of NASCAR and the NASCAR fans to do that.  It’s our job to find advantages, so, of course, we’re gonna try to push the engine to the limits like we always do and we’ll have to incorporate some of those changes into our dynamometer testing like we said earlier, and anticipate those planned cautions and how many more restarts will we have and how to we optimize that performance.  Really, the question is, and our teams differ on this, is fuel economy gonna matter or not, and will that strategy play in, so a lot of unanswered questions.  But the one that is not ever in dispute is we just need to make as much power and push the limits as hard as we can to give our teams what they need to go out and win races.”

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ENHANCE DURABLIITY OVER WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE?  “I feel like we’re in a really good place for durability.  I’m actually thinking perhaps it’s the other.  You’re gonna have more cautions.  You’re gonna have a shorter first half of the race and more caution laps for sure, so we’re kind of thinking a little bit the opposite – how do we push even harder?  That’s our job.  That’s what we do all the time and more than ever with new teams coming aboard what they need, what their drivers like, and it’s a long season.  It won’t take long to figure out what the new format does.  We also, something we haven’t talked about yet, we have less practice on Saturdays, so total mileage on the engines is gonna be less for the weekend.  That’s something we’re thinking about and talking about and how do we take advantage of that.”

WHAT’S THE BIGGER CONCERN FOR YOU GUYS FROM AN ENGINE STANDPOINT?  THE FORMAT CHANGES OR THE LESS AND RULES PACKAGE?  “Our job is to do both.  I think as far as the aero changes, we just need to make sure our power curve, the torque curve is right and we’re giving the teams what they need, and I think we’ve got a pretty good understanding of that, and I think we’ll work hand-in-hand and get them the right power curves to go win races.  The format is probably more concern to me just because it’s unknown.  What are we gonna need to be prepared for?  What is the race strategy and are we on the right end of that strategy?  Bringing that information back here and trying to get ahead of it.  You win with advantages and that’s what we’re always looking for, so the pace of the first part of the year is gonna be faster than ever because we need to make sure we’re on top of the rules changes.”

IS THE DAYTONA 500 STILL A RACE UNTO ITSELF?  DO YOU PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON THAT ONE?  “I’ll just make it really clear.  The Daytona 500 is the most important race in the world to me.  It goes way back with my family and my dad and my dad now working on that race, and being able to win it early with Davey Allison in 1992 just fueled the fire to try to win as many of them as we can.  Obviously, we want to make all of the Ford fans proud of us when we get down there, and the Ford family, so it’s an important race to us and we’re all-in.  The only question I think Dave asked me when he was in Daytona for the Rolex was, ‘Are we gonna be good for Daytona?’”

DAVE PERICAK CONTINUED – “From my perspective, all of the races are important.  Realizing that you can’t win every one of them, you have to win the big ones, so Daytona is an important one for us, for sure.  We just have a special place in our heart for Daytona.  We’re very proud of our superspeedway program and I’m looking forward to starting the season there.  They’re all important to us, but I think all of us have a bit of a love for Daytona.  From a Ford Performance perspective, I wouldn’t mind going back-to-back wins with the GT and NASCAR.”

DOUG YATES – CAN YOU EXPAND ON HOW MUCH WORK WENT INTO BRINGING ON FOUR ADDITIONAL CARS FROM STEWART-HAAS RACING?  “First, I want to start by thanking Dave Pericak and Ford Performance for bringing on a championship team such as Stewart-Haas.  It’s really an honor to build their engines and we’re looking forward to the challenge.  We started as early as we could just working with their engineers and trying to make sure that we were thinking ahead on some of the system things.  Obviously, we were still racing against each other last year, so until the season was over we couldn’t really go all-in and understand, so, for us as a company, the hiring process, simple things like adding parking spaces, things that you don’t really think about, but our machine shop, which we have about 40 CNC machines now, have been working six days a week, two 10-hour shifts, so pretty much around the clock there making parts.  The shop here, we just have such a dedicated staff of 200 employees at Roush Yates that are really just going all-in to make sure that we’re prepared for the season and that the transition is seamless.  But trying to understand their systems, trying to make sure we dot every I and cross every T as far as that is concerned, and coming to some middle ground on how Stewart-Haas was used to operating the engine, and how we are at Ford Performance has been an interesting thing as well.  There are things that we did different than they were used to in the past that they liked, and there are things we had to compromise on, so it’s a long season and we’ll continue to work with them to make sure we’re getting everything we can out of the car and the engine, but it has been a lot of work.”

 

Content courtesy of Ford Performance.

KESELOWSKI CONQUERS THE PAPERCLIP!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2017
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Martinsville, Vir., April 3, 2017 – Brad Keselowski took home the coveted grandfather clock from Martinsville Speedway, better known as the “Paperclip” to NASCAR fans. The smallest track in NASCAR delivered a big win for Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines. As the exclusive Ford Performance engine builder for NASCAR, Roush Yates Engines powered the No. 2 to victory lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 on Sunday.

Ford Performance has made 27 visits to victory lane in Martinsville, dating back to their first in 1961 with Fred Lorenzen. This was the first for Roush Yates Engines and the Ford FR9 EFI race engine with Ford Performance. The win also came on Roger Penske’s 1,000th NASCAR start and marked the 56th victory of all-time for Team Penske with Ford and the 13th for Keselowski.

“Congratulations to Brad on his first win at Martinsville,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was an epic battle all afternoon and to have four Fords in the top 10 is remarkable! Every win is special, but getting our first win in Martinsville with Ford Performance is something extra special.”

Martinsville is all about patience and trying to keep your car clean. The No. 2 of Keselowski showed immense patience during the 500 lap race and except for a minor side body rub early on in the race, the No. 2 was pristine.

The race turned into a battle of the ages between Keselowski and Kyle Busch during the last 60 laps of the race. After trading the lead multiple times, the No. 2 set up Busch one last time, on lap 458 to take over the lead for the final time on his way to collecting the checkered flag. Keselowski led a total of 116 out of the 500 lap race.

“This is awesome!” Keselowski stated in victory lane. “We’ve ran so good here with the Miller Lite Ford, but something always happens and we haven’t been able to bring it home. Martinsville is just one of those champion’s tracks. The guys that run well everywhere run well here, and it’s really just an honor to win here and get to compete here. This track is 70 years old and a lot of legends have won here. It feels great to be able to join them and bring home a clock.”

Keselowski continues to run strong, this his second win and his 5th top five finish of the year.

Four Ford Fusions rounded out the top 10 in Martinsville. Team Penske’s No. 2, Keselowski and No. 22, Joey Logano finished first and fourth respectively and the No. 14, Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing drove a stellar race to finish seventh followed by No. 17, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing rounding out the top 10.
“I think the commitment that Ford Performance has made is a byproduct of Edsel’s commitment to the program,” commented Roger Penske during the Martinsville press conference. “Bringing on Stewart‑Haas and the partnership that we have with the 21, which is obviously supported with Ford, I think that it was terrific. To have him here driving the pace car, you couldn’t plan anything any better. For me, delivering for Ford was special, and to see the cars and how competitive we’ve been here since the beginning of the season makes us feel good about the next several weeks. But as we all know, win early is great, but you’ve got to win late.”

NASCAR heads south to Texas Motor Speedway. Tune-in for the O’Reilly Parts 500 Sunday, April 9th | 1:40 PM ET | FOX. The Ford GTs will be back on the track, as well in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, April 8th | 4:05 PM ET start time.  Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS • 291 WINS • 259 POLES!
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.

5 SERIES • 9 COUNTRIES • 128 RACES!

STENHOUSE JR. & BOWYER | GO 1-2 IN DAYTONA

Posted on: July 2nd, 2017
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DAYTONA, Fla., July 2, 2017 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and second race of the season.
“We have been working hard at Roush Fenway and this pushes us further along,” noted Stenhouse Jr. “This Ford Performance team has been amazing. Ford has been dominant. Roush Yates Engines and Doug Yates.”

The legendary horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI V8 engine by Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines, powered the No. 17 to victory lane. This was the 6th consecutive restrictor plate race win for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines.

“Ricky did an incredible piece of driving!” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Ricky, Jack and Roush Fenway Racing. To stand in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway is a remarkable feeling. We are blessed and happy to be part of this amazing Ford Performance team.”

Team Ford dominated the 400-mile Coke Zero 400 overtime event, leading 78 out of 163 laps. Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance have demonstrated power, performance, and reliability by sweeping 2017 restrictor-plate races. This horsepower of a partnership has won 15 of the last 27 MENCS events between Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

“We have a lot of pride in our Super Speedway powertrain package,” noted Jamie McNaughton, Technical Director at Roush Yates Engines. “It is a very refined engine and we continually conduct R&D to improve the performance of this package to support the key superspeedway races throughout the season.”

After a night of aggressive racing and reaching speeds of over 195 mph the Ford FR9 engine performed perfectly to power the Ford Fusions to a 1-2 sweep for the second week in a row with Clint Bowyer, finishing second at both events.

“Those Roush Yates engines are phenomenal,” commented Bowyer after the race. “Doug does such a great job, puts a lot of emphasis on this plate stuff, takes a lot of pride in it, and he should. Those things run amazing. They take a beating out there.  I’m just proud to have that Roush Yates power under our hood.”

This win made a clean sweep of the 2017 Daytona events for Ford Performance, with the landmark Daytona 500 win by Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing in February.

Ford Finishing Results:
1st Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | Roush Fenway Racing
2nd Clint Bowyer | Stewart-Haas Racing
6th David Ragan | Front Row Motorsports
In Watkins Glen, NY – The No. 59 Ford Mustang GT, KohR Motorsports’ won their second IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in the Continental 120 at Watkins Glen International and marked Roush Yates Engines’ milestone 300th overall race win since 2004.

“Congratulations to Jack Jr. and Dean, what an incredible finish,” commented Yates. “Thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication in delivering world-class race engines and achieving our 300th win. This is a great accomplishment for our entire team.”

“The Mustang was just rock solid today,” Dean Martin, Team Owner and driver commented in victory lane. “The balance was just perfect. The aero balance was great. The suspension was fantastic. I can’t say enough about the car.”

The race finished in dramatic fashion as Martin and Jack Roush Jr. leveraged the horsepower, performance and reliability of the Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 to bring home the second win of the season for KohR Motorsports’ in a last lap dash to the checkered flag.

NASCAR moves onto Kentucky. All three NASCAR series will be back in action.
13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 301 WINS – 268 POLES!

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.

5 Series – 9 Countries – 128 Races

NASCAR THROWBACK AT DARLINGTON | ROUSH YATES ENGINES

Posted on: September 5th, 2017
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Darlington Raceway hosted its throwback weekend for the third consecutive year, and with many others Roush Yates Engines contributed to the throwback fun. The Ford Performance/Roush Yates Engines team was seen wearing white patched button downs and the iconic styled rope trucker hats that can be purchased here.

Darlington’s historic Southern 500 was especially heartwarming this year as Robert Yates was honored on the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing/Danica Patrick Ford Credit Ford Fusion. Her paint scheme was mirrored from the Robert Yates Racing era in which the iconic blue-and-red colors were seen on Dale Jarrett’s No. 88 Quality Care/Ford Credit 1999 Championship car. Patrick’s car was also voted as the best throwback paint scheme this year at Darlington Raceway.

Special THANK YOU to all of our partners who were involved in this year’s throwback; Ford Performance, Mitsubishi Materials USA, Safety Kleen, RKL Solutions, Mahle Clevite, Cometic Gaskets, Universal Technical Institute, Mastercam, Mitee-Bitee, Rottler, Starrett and Converge.

See our photos below from this memorable weekend!

Video | BLOCK ANNOUNCES GYMKHANA TEN

Posted on: October 27th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC –  October 27,2017 – Today, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce that he’s currently in production of GymhanaTEN, the 10th installment of his award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise.

Block is taking things to a whole new level. How? 5 different, epic, all wheel-drive, high-horsepower Ford racecars. FIVE. Two of them are all-new for Block with a third being an all-new, built from the ground up vehicle — on the same level as Block’s wildly popular Hoonicorn. And, to add to it all, Block is filming these vehicles in five different locations around the world.

“I’m really excited to be working on GymkahanaTEN and I’m stoked that Pennzoil was able to come in and support us getting a trailer video out today to help announce the video,” said Block. “I’m also legitimately excited to be able to announce that I’m collaborating with Amazon Prime Video on The Gymkhana Files at the same time. I’ve always taken great pride at being on the leading edge of creating content, as well as viral marketing and in figuring out the best ways to get that content into the hands of fans and consumers. Amazon is very similar in their approach to what they’ve done over the years and I think that together we’re going to create some amazing programming that really gives fans and viewers insight into not just my world, but the inner workings of my Gymkhana films and at the end of it all, the fans get to watch GymkhanaTEN during the final episode.”

“The inner workings of the wildly popular Gymkhana film series have long been a mystery to its large and rabid fan base, and we are thrilled to provide Amazon Prime members worldwide with an exclusive glimpse into the making of GymkhanaTEN,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “Ken and the Hoonigan team will take viewers on an exciting journey unlike anything they’ve seen before.”

Block’s GymkhanaTEN, as well as The Gymkhana Files will launch exclusively next fall on Amazon Prime Video.

* Courtesy Ford Performance

LOGANO TAKES THE DAYTONA CLASH!

Posted on: February 20th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, N.C., February 20, 2017 – Joey Logano of Team Penske took the checkered flag for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines in the 2017 Daytona Clash, marking the fourth consecutive restrictor plate win by Team Penske.

Logano commented in victory lane, “It’s cool to win the Clash. We came close last year and it’s really neat to be in Victory Lane and a good start to our day.”

“Congratulations Joey, Roger and Ford Performance,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m so proud of Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines’ team. What an amazing start to the NASCAR season. We look forward to racing in all three NASCAR series at Daytona!”
The 2017 NASCAR Speedweeks kicked off on Sunday with the Clash at the Daytona International Speedway which was postponed Saturday night due to rain. Five Ford Fusions were invited to participate in the invitation only event. No. 2 Brad Keselowski and No. 22 Joey Logano from the Team Penske camp and No. 4 Kevin Harvick, No. 41 Kurt Busch and No. 10 Danica Patrick representing newcomer to the Ford family, Stewart-Haas Racing.

In dramatic fashion, the No. 22 of Logano took the lead on a last lap pass after hooking up with No. 2 Keselowski and new teammate No. 4 Harvick to charge to the front of the pack. Logano took evasive action swinging to the outside lane to avoid a collision between the No. 2 Keselowski and No.11 Denny Hamlin. Logano crossed the start-finish line to claim his first Clash win and Ford Performance’s first since 2004 with Dale Jarrett.

“We’ve had a good Speedweeks and a good superspeedway group last year as well,” Michael Nelson, VP of Operations, Team Penske. “I’m really thankful for Roush Yates Engines, the work those guys have put in in the off-season to try and keep us hopefully where we left off with some superspeedway wins, and the guys at Team Penske really worked hard.”

All the Ford Performance cars ran strong with the Roush Yates Engine FR9 EFI race engine under the hood. No. 10 Patrick finished P4, No. 4 Harvick P5, No. 2 Keselowski P6 and No. 41 Busch P17.

The drivers, cars and engines are ready to build on the momentum from this past weekend’s win and are looking forward to the 59th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 26th at Daytona International Speedway.

To catch all the excitement check out the Daytona 500 Tune-In below or at www.roushyates.com.

About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with three state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center and ISO 9001 / AS9100 certified. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing race engines.

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR Ford FR9 V8 engine and twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT supercar.

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 285 WINS – 254 POLES!

FORD GT, No. 67 TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG AND POLE AT SILVERSTONE!

Posted on: April 17th, 2017
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FORD GT, NO. 67 TAKES THE CHECKERED FLAG & POLE AT SILVERSTONE!
Silverstone, UK, April 17, 2017 – In the 2017 debut FIA event, the No. 67 Ford GT brought home the first win of the World Endurance Championship season. Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines powered the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK team to victory circle in the 6 Hours of Silverstone, with the twin turbo Ford V6 EcoBoost race engine.
“What a way to start off the FIA season,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations Andy, Harry and Pipo on the win and pole. Winning an endurance race is a big team effort. Through the leadership and vision of Ford Performance we have been sharing information across our various engine programs and teams to ensure success at the race track. We are so proud to be part of the One Ford team.”

Drivers of the No. 67; Andy Priaulx (GB), Harry Tincknell (GB) and newcomer to the trio Pipo Derani (BRA) from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) in the LMGTE Pro class, were able to convert the pole position on Saturday into a victory on Sunday and record the maximum number of points (26 = 25 points race win and 1-point pole).

The team showed patience, managing tires and clean pit stops were key to the six-hour endurance race. The trio took advantage of a full course caution that came late in the race to make a quick driver exchange from Derani to Tincknell and take the lead of the race.

The Ford WEC teams are based in Greatworth, UK – not far from Silverstone, so the teams consider Silverstone their home track. It is a great circuit for the Ford GT with its slow sections, where tire grip is required and high-speed sections with long straights, where the power of the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine was leveraged. The No. 67 and No. 66 maneuvered the 5.901 kms (3.667 mile) circuit brilliantly to lead the majority of the 1,009 kms (627 miles) race.

Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (US) drivers of the No. 66 sister car also had a stellar race, leading for a portion of the race, but ultimately finished just off the podium in P4.

“That was a fabulous way to start the season,” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “To come out fighting like this, to take pole position and win the race with the No. 67 car is just amazing and much more than we expected. It was a shame for the No. 66. They were in with a shout before they got messed about a bit with the safety car. I’m not going to complain though as it has been a great kick off to our season. I’m really happy with the work we’ve done over the winter on fine-tuning the car and with the great support we’ve had from Michelin with the tyres.”

All the preparation for the first 2017 World Endurance Championship race paid off. The FCGR teams went the extra mile in preparing, by participating in two IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship events, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Six Hours of Sebring with US sister cars. This gave not only the drivers and teams race data to work with, but also the engineers, to find that fraction of difference in speed that paid dividends in winning the race.
New for 2017, the GT teams are now fighting for World Championships, since the FIA gave full World Championship status to the GTE Drivers and Manufacturers titles. In addition, one rule change will make a big difference to the team tire strategy. They will now have less tire allocations, dropping from four sets to three sets in practice and from six sets to four sets for qualifying and the race. These changes are going to make the 2017 season even more exciting.

The Ford GTs will take this momentum and head to Belgium for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 6th. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 292 WINS – 262 POLES!

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 twin-turbo EcoBoost Ford V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT super car and the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine.

With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.

5 Series – 9 Countries – 128 Races

MID-SEASON MOMENTUM

Posted on: July 6th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 6th, 2017 – The 2017 race season has started out strong for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. In their 14th year as partners, collaborating on the development of championship caliber race engines, this dynamic partnership has won 18 races and 17 poles across the NASCAR and road racing programs since the start of 2017. This impressive beginning to the year has been due to the success of 12 different drivers and eight different Ford Performance organizations, across all six series.

The racing season kicked off red hot in Daytona Beach, Florida, where five out of the six series started their seasons. Ford Performance proved they were on a MISSION to win from the season-opener, capturing three out of the five wins at Daytona International Speedway.

In the IMSA season-opener, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing reunited the four Ford GT teams to run in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Building on the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, the Ford GTs did not disappoint the fans, taking the pole and the checkered flag in the first IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship endurance race of the 2017 season. The No. 66 team of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais mirrored their 2016 Le Mans victory to win consecutive 24-hour endurance poles and races within a span of six months.
In the inaugural IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) race for the Ford Mustang GT4, the No. 59 of Dean Martin and Cameron Maugeri from KohR Motorsports, made history by capturing the pole position at Daytona and recording the Mustang’s first Grand Sport (GS) pole victory.
NASCAR shifted into high gear in February, during Daytona Speedweeks and so did the 27 Ford Performance teams, including new comer Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart-Haas Racing is a title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.
The No. 22, Joey Logano of Team Penske found himself in the right place at the right time to win the Clash at Daytona International Speedway. Logano, became the sixth Ford driver to win the season-opening non-points events.
During the second week of Speedweeks, Roush Fenway Racing found its way to victory lane in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) with the No.16 Ryan Reed, winning his first race at the legendary speedway.
The Daytona 500 proved to be a drag race of horsepower between fellow Ford Performance teammates, Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing and Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing. Busch went on to win his first MENCS Daytona 500 and first for SHR under the Ford Blue Oval. This also marked the fifth consecutive restrictor plate win for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines.
The No. 4, Kevin Harvick of SHR, captured his career 18th Cup pole and the first of the year for Ford Performance, while the number 2 deuce, Brad Keselowski from Team Penske achieved his first Cup win of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
During the West Coast swing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Logano drove the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang to victory lane and achieved his 28th career NXS win.
Team Penske teammate, Keselowski also found success in the dessert, capturing his 13th career Cup pole in Las Vegas.
In Sebring, Florida the Ford Mustang GT4 took its first podium in the IMSA CTSCS. The No. 60 KohR Motorsports car, piloted by Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell started from the pole position and made history as they achieved the 50th Grand Sport class win for Ford Performance.
From behind the wheel of the No. 67 Ford GT, Ryan Briscoe followed up the Rolex 24 At Daytona pole, by earning the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, GTLM pole at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Logano added to his NASCAR pole count, winning poles at both Phoenix Raceway and at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
On Roger Penske’s 1000th NASCAR start, Keselowski brought home his second win of the season at Martinsville Speedway and marked the 56th victory of all-time for Team Penske and Ford.
Harvick leveraged the horsepower of the Ford FR9 engine to collect his 19th career pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
In Texas, driving Team Penske’s No. 12 car, Logano posted a speed of 192.768 mph in the final round of qualifying to earn his 33rd Xfinity career pole.
In April, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK sister-cars started the FIA World Endurance Championship Series (WEC) season by qualifying on the pole and ultimately capturing the win in the Six Hours of Silverstone. Harry Tincknell, with fellow drivers Andy Priaulx and new comer Pipo Derani took the checkered flag, in the No. 67 Ford GT to win the season opener.
On Logano’s 300th NASCAR start, he captured his first 2017 Cup win at Richmond by beating fellow Team Penske teammate Keselowski to make it a 1-2 Ford finish.
In Talladega, Aric Almirola captured his first 2017 Xfinity win of the season in the No. 98, Biagi DenBeste Ford Mustang.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing made it a clean sweep at Talladega Superspeedway. He captured his first career Cup pole, at a speed of 191.547mph and first career Cup win. This Talladega win accounted for Jack Roush’s 324th overall NASCAR win.
The No. 21 Wood Brothers’ Racing Ford Fusion captured the 6th Ford Performance Cup pole of the season at Kansas Motor Speedway with Blaney behind the wheel. Marking Blaney’s first career Cup pole.
In Charlotte, Blaney carried this momentum, where he won Ford’s fourth Xfinity race of the year in the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang.
Charlotte Motor Speedway paid dividends for Stewart-Haas Racing, where Harvick captured his third pole of the year and Ford’s seventh over-all.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie, Chase Briscoe found success in Dover, as he drove the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing truck to his first pole in the series.
Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines horsepower dominated Pocono as the hard charging Keselowski swept both stages of the Pocono Green 250 in the NXS on his way to making a last lap pass to take the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang back to victory lane for the first time in 2017.
Young gun Blaney would make his own history at Pocono by winning his first ever career Cup race with the legendary Wood Brothers’ Racing team and the No. 21 Ford Fusion. This marked the Wood Brother’s 99th overall NASCAR win.
Chase Briscoe continued to rack up poles as he edged out John Hunter Nemechek by .020 of a second to win his second pole of the season at Gateway Motorsports Park.
On the way to capturing his first win of the season, the No. 4 Harvick led a Ford 1-2-3 sweep at Sonoma Raceway. Harvick became the fifth Ford driver to secure a spot in the NASCAR play-offs, joining Busch, Keselowski, Stenhouse Jr., and Blaney.
In Watkins Glen, NY – The No. 59 Ford Mustang GT, KohR Motorsports’ won their second IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in the Continental 120 at Watkins Glen International and marked Roush Yates Engines’ milestone 300th overall race win since 2004.
Joey Hand qualified the No.66 Ford GT on the pole for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in thrilling qualifying session, making this the Ford GT’s second-consecutive GTLM pole at Watkins Glen International.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and accomplished the sixth consecutive restrictor plate race win for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. No manufacturer has dominated the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega more than Ford Performance, which has won 15 of the last 27 MENCS events at these two tracks.
We will take this momentum into the second half of the year and stay focused on the mission.
One Team   One Goal   One Ford
 13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 301 WINS – 268 POLES
SPECIAL TRIBUTE
Robert Yates was recognized for his accomplishments, legendary career and contributions to the sport of NASCAR by being voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the five-member Class of 2018.
Yates took everything he learned as an engine builder and transitioned into a Champion Team Owner. Yates’ two car team proved to be one of the most invincible opponents in the NASCAR garage. Winning a total of 57 races and 48 pole positions. Robert Yates Racing provided championship race cars and engines for legendary drivers Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Rick Rudd, Elliott Sadler and David Gilland.
He has proven that hard work, dedication and passion are the perfect formula for success and a legendary career.

Congratulations!

KESELOWSKI CHASES DOWN 2nd NXS WIN OF THE SEASON!

Posted on: September 9th, 2017
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RICHMOND, Vir., September 9, 2017 – Winning his 36th NASCAR Xfinity Series race of his career, Brad Keselowski took the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang to victory lane in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway on Friday night.

Keselowski, had the perfect set up for the long run and the power of the Ford FR9 engine to battle Kyle Busch for the win. The No. 2 was able to conserve his tires and navigate through lapped traffic to make a final pass and take the lead with 15 laps left in the 250 lap race. Keselowski never looked back, building a 3.008 second lead before taking the checkered flag.

“Congratulations Brad and Roger,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Brad did a great job managing his tires throughout the course of the race and was there at the end to battle for the win. Their strategy came together at the end of the race and we are proud to bring home another win for Ford Performance and Team Penske.”

On his way to his second NASCAR Xfinity win of the season and fifth for Team Penske, Keselowski collected a second stage win and lead a total of 25.5 miles on the .75-mile track.

“I am not a very patient guy, commented Keselowski”. “Being behind the wheel is no fun knowing that you have to be smooth and steady every lap to have a shot at winning it. The team gave me a great car and we’re real good about being patient and here we are in victory lane. That is really cool.”

Full-time Xfinity drivers Ryan Reed and Cole Custer finished P12 and P14 respectively, while securing additional points for the NXS Playoffs.

The Xfinity Playoff field will be set after next weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway, September 16th. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

Brad Keselowski performed an impressive burnout in celebration of his NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Richmond Raceway.
13 CHAMPIONSHIPS • 306 WINS • 277 POLES!
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.
5 Series – 9 Countries – 128 Races

HARVICK WINS TEXAS! ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

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 www.roushyates.com.
13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 309 WINS – 280 POLES!
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