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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! FORD GT WINS 55th ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

Posted on: January 30th, 2017
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL, January 30th, 2017 – The Ford GT wins the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines powered the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team to victory lane with the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6, winning the first 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series race.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance and Chip,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “WOW, the team did an outstanding job. Winning the Rolex is the result of the combined efforts of Ford Performance, Chip Ganassi Racing and Roush Yates Engines. The twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost performed flawless during the race and we just could not be happier for the team and starting the year off with a win against the best in the world.“
Doug Yates with Roush Yates Engines Calibration Engineer of the #66 Ford GT, Charles Vogel.
The Ford GTs started the week with No.66 Joey Hand* (USA) Dirk Müller (DEU) and Sébastien Bourdais (FRA) capturing the pole position on Thursday with a class record setting 1:43.473 lap time. No. 67 Richard Westbrook and No. 69 Olivier Pla rounded out the top spots capturing P2 and P3.
Ford reunited the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship teams with one mission in mind– to win Rolex 24 At Daytona. Mission Accomplished!
12 DRIVERS – 4 TEAMS – 1 FORD
The No. 66 of Hand, Müller and Bourdais drove a perfect race. This team of three has now won two of the world’s biggest endurance races in the Ford GT, the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
This win marks Ford’s 19th Rolex class win and Chip Ganassi achieved an unprecedented seventh team win at Rolex 24, known historically as the first leg in the triple crown of endurance races to be followed up by the Twelve hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans.
“This is a great win for our GT program,” said Raj Nair, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company. “It’s a credit to everyone involved, from our Ford team to Ganassi, Roush Yates, Multimatic and Michelin. Conditions were very difficult throughout much of the race, but that winning car had no issues at all against some of the best competition in the sport. There’s a lot to be proud of with this win and we hope it’s the start of a great season for our teams cialis best price.”
Hand in the No. 66 led the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class off the grid alongside the No. 67 Westbrook. Hand completed three stints and set a strong pace before turning the car over to Müller. Bourdais kept the Ford GT clean during the rainy evening stints. Müller would finish out the 2,321 mile, 652 lap endurance race in dramatic fashion by overtaking the lead with just over 30 minutes to go by making a stellar move on the Ferrari No. 62 Calado and then held off the No. 911 Porsche during the last 15 minutes of the race to take the checkered flag.
“24 hour endurance races are always a true test of not only driver and machine, but the entire team” said Wade Riesterer, Technical Manager Road Racing. “In this case, monitoring the constantly changing track conditions and making the right strategy decisions were key. We came here on a mission and the entire Ford Performance, CGR (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Multimatic Motorsports teams all worked together to get the win. Congrats everyone, outstanding!”
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing sister cars finished No. 69 (Andy Priaulx/Harry Tincknell/Tony Kanaan) in P5, No. 68 (Stefan Mücke/Olivier Pla/Billy Johnson) P7 and No. 67 (Ryan Briscoe/Richard Westbrook/Scott Dixon) P10.

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season has just begun. View the full schedule below or online 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 purpose built race engines.

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines is the exclusive engine builder of the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 road race engines, along with the NASCAR Ford FR9 V8 race 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

13 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 284 WINS – 253 POLES! 

ROBERT YATES | LEGENDARY ENGINE BUILDER & CAR OWNER

Posted on: April 5th, 2017
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Robert Yates | 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee

Career Highlights:

  • NASCAR Championship Team Owner for Dale Jarrett- 1999
  • Premier NASCAR Engine Builder with 77 wins – 1967-1988
  • NASCAR Championship Engine Builder with Bobby Allison – 1983
  • NASCAR Engine Builder for Richard Petty’s 199th and 200th win
  • Daytona 500 Engine Builder and NASCAR Team Owner- 1969, 1982, 1992, 1996, 2000
  • 3 time Winning Daytona 500 NASCAR Team Owner – 1992, 1996, 2000
  • 2 time Winning Brickyard 400 NASCAR Team Owner – 1996, 1999
  • 57 Wins and 48 Poles as a NASCAR Team Owner

Awards:

  • Recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence – 2000
  • Recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award for lifetime achievement in NASCAR – 2007
  • Recipient of the Bruton Smith Legends Award – 2010
  • Inducted into NASCAR Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into NMPA Hall of Fame

For nearly 40 years, Robert Yates worked in the sport of stock car racing, steadily and progressively building a legendary career that made him part of NASCAR history.  Yates officially retired from team ownership in November 2007, however, retirement was brief. In 2010, Robert Yates Racing Engines formed and the company was named the exclusive provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine.

Yates has made a name for himself as one of NASCAR’s modern era top team owners, ultimately securing a NASCAR championship with driver Dale Jarrett in 1999. From the day he opened the doors of Robert Yates Racing (RYR) for business in 1988, Yates used his secret weapon to build the championship-winning organization. That secret weapon is the notorious Yates horsepower. While that horsepower made him a legend, Yates prides himself on the fact that his business started as a true family organization and continues as such today with his son, Doug, leading the engine-building efforts of the Roush Yates Racing Engines business.

Yates has been one of the circuit’s premier engine builders since the 1960s when he provided engines for legendary drivers such as Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.

In 1967, Yates joined Holman-Moody Racing – Ford’s stellar factory operation – as the manager in the team’s air gauge department. He worked hard to transform bored blocks into some of the most powerful race winning engines for the Wood Brothers and Junior Johnson. That was only the beginning and he quickly progressed in the sport, joining legendary driver/car owner Junior Johnson’s racing stables in 1972 to oversee engine development. Legendary racers Yarborough and Allison were some of the early beneficiaries of Yates’ engine-building genius. Yates earned 30 wins as an engine builder from 1969 – 1975.

From 1976 to 1985, Yates provided horsepower for the DiGard Racing team for drivers including Ricky Rudd, Greg Sacks, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison. It was during his tenure at DiGard that Yates served as chief engine builder for Bobby Allison’s 1983 NASCAR Championship team. Yates also served as Richard Petty’s engine builder for his 199th and 200th win and Greg Sacks’ 1985 Daytona win.

“Robert is the very best engine builder I know of anywhere.  I mean ANYWHERE!  Robert would work all night to get the job done and done right.” – Bobby Allison former Robert Yates Racing Driver

In early 1986, Yates briefly left racing to work on the development of Ethanol synthetic fuel. But the desire for the world of competitive auto racing was still present. It wasn’t long before Yates knew where he should be. By August, he returned to the garage area as team manager for Ranier/Lundy Racing and started his own engine business.

Almost two (2) years after joining the Ranier/Lundy Racing organization, Yates’ years of hard work under the hoods was rewarded and he was afforded the opportunity to purchase the team from its current owners. With Davey Allison’s encouragement, Yates took his career to the next level and opened the doors of Robert Yates Racing (RYR) in 1988.


Yates and his first driver Davey Allison teamed up with great success. The team contended for the championship ending up a close third in a year when the championship was decided in the closing laps of the final race. The following year, Allison was killed in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway – the first of some of the hardest times for Yates and his organization. Toward the end of the 1993 season, up-and-coming driver Ernie Irvan was tapped to become Allison’s full-time replacement.  The combination of Yates and Irvan proved to be a competitive one as the No. 28 Yates-owned team battled back and forth through the first half of the year with the late Dale Earnhardt for the 1994 championship. A fateful crash at Michigan, however, ended Irvan’s quest for the title and once again left Yates searching for a replacement.

“I worked for several owners, but Robert Yates was the most well rounded of them all!  He understood every aspect of a race car and a race team.  He understood the car, the engine, strategy and the business side of it as well. You would never know he was the owner because he was always with us in the trenches just being one of the guys. Robert Yates taught me so much about winning, losing and about life in general. He was and is the ultimate owner, racer and friend!” – Larry McReynolds former Roush Yates Racing Crew Chef 

“I enjoyed my time at Robert Yates Racing. We were always serious about racing and serious about winning races, especially Robert. He is the type of person that is always there for you. When I got hurt he came to visit me and told me that he would have a car ready for me when I was ready to go back racing. And he did. NASCAR took a lot of stock in what Robert told them about me and they allowed me back into racing.  I have Robert to thank for having such a long career as a race car driver. I’m very proud to be a friend of Robert Yates and one of his previous race car drivers.“ – Ernie Irvan former Robert Yates Racing NASCAR driver

That replacement would end up being the son of a NASCAR legend who hailed from the small town of Hickory, N.C. Dale Jarrett and Yates teamed up for the first time in 1995. After a fairly successful first season together, Yates decided he wanted to hold on to the talent of Jarrett, and decided to expand his organization into a two-car operation. Jarrett began piloting the No. 88 car in 1996 and quickly proved to the racing world that Yates instincts were validated by winning both the Busch Clash and the Daytona 500.  Yates was able to capture his first Winston Cup Championship with Jarrett behind the wheel in 1999.

“From the very first day I walked into the Robert Yates Racing Shop I learned that Robert knew every aspect and detail of his shop from the broom handle to board room. Robert Yates was the smartest person in the racing industry from being the premier engine builder, to aerodynamics, to chassis knowledge. He was the every and all of NASCAR racing competition and racing operations. And tremendously respected as such.”  – Dale Jarrett – former Robert Yates Racing NASCAR Driver

The start of the 2000 season began with Yates fielding cars for two of NASCAR’s most talented veterans in Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd. From 2000 to 2002, Jarrett and Rudd combined for 11 NASCAR wins, 71 top fives and 114 top 10s. The teammates in the top 10 in driver point standings all three seasons – solidifying Robert Yates Racing’s spot among the most successful teams in NASCAR history.

In 2003, Yates hired the talent of a young driver by the name of Elliott Sadler. Sadler was teamed with Jarrett in the hopes he would be able to take advantage of Jarrett’s expertise as a mindful veteran. Sadler started 2004 with a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500, and six races later won at Texas Motor Speedway.  He stayed in the top-10 in points all season, and won at California Speedway. He made the Chase, and finished a career high ninth in the championship standings. In 2005, Sadler clinched four poles. He finished 13th in points. In 2006, Sadler won the pole position at Talladega.

“Robert was a good owner and a great friend. I looked to him as a father figure while racing and his will to win always trickled down through the shop. His passion was second to none.” – Elliott Sadler – former Robert Yates Racing NASCAR Driver

Robert Yates and Jack Roush spent decades as rivals in business and racing before deciding to team up in 2004 with Ford’s support. The resulting company, Roush Yates Engines is an alliance of these two racing legends. The joining of forces has proved to be a winning formula. The awesome power of these two engine builders turned into immediate success with the winning of the 2004 Nextel Cup championship and 19 Nextel Cup race wins in the first year and a half after teaming up.

 

In August 2006, David Gilliland replaced Elliott Sadler as the driver of the M&M’s Ford. On October 7, he qualified on the pole for at Talladega, the first pole of his career.

In 2007, Ricky Rudd returned to Yates’ team to drive the No. 88 Ford full-time.  On February 11, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway, both of Yates’ cars qualified on the front row for the Daytona 500. David Gilliland qualified on the pole with Rudd was alongside in second.

“Robert contributed a lot to racing with his knowledge and determination. He is a great racer and displayed good ethics along the way. Robert Yates built the prettiest sounding engines you’ll ever hear. They ran free & effortless with the highest RPM’s. They were Amazing and Powerful!”  – Leonard Wood former NASCAR crew chief, engine builder and co-founder of Wood Brothers Racing

Since RYR’s inception in 1988, Yates’ two-car team proved to be one of the most invincible opponents in the NASCAR garage. As a team owner, you want to win therefore you work hard. On September 7, 2007, Robert Yates announced his retirement as President of Robert Yates Racing following the last race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season.  Yates continued with his joint ownership of Roush Yates Racing Engines as well as other ventures. In September 2009, Yates sold his share of Roush Yates Engines to his son, Doug Yates.

In 2010, a new business brought Robert Yates out of retirement and back into NASCAR to form Robert Yates Racing Engines. The company was named the exclusive North American provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine. Robert Yates Racing Engines offers the Spec Engine for purchase either as a kit or fully assembled, dyno operation as well as a complete list of replacement parts or engine maintenance services for any existing or future customer. Currently, the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine is an alternative in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and select tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

 

Birth date:                    April 19, 1943

Hometown:                Charlotte, N.C.

 

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Video: A Winning Partnership Between Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford

Posted on: June 29th, 2017
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DEARBORN, MICH. – After a longstanding association with a different manufacturer, Stewart-Haas Racing would announce a brand new relationship for 2017, with a move to the Detroit-based Ford Motor Company. Spearheaded by the team’s Performance Director Dave Pericak alongside Doug Yates of Roush Yates Engines, the new partnership got off to a flying start, with victory for Kurt Busch at the 2017 Daytona 500.

Stewart-Haas Racing have since enjoyed further success with Kevin Harvick at Sonoma, giving the likes of Greg Zipadelli, Tony Stewart, Harvick, Busch, Yates & Pericak plenty of reason for optimism.

 

* Courtesy of Ford Performance

WESTBROOK, BRISCOE PODIUM FINISH AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Posted on: August 28th, 2017
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ALTON, Vir. August 28, 2017 – Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and the No. 67 Ford GT team may have struggled in practice and qualifying, but they were in position when it counted and drove away with their fifth podium of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Briscoe and Westbrook, who qualified seventh, finished second in the all-GT class Michelin GT Challenge after hovering around fifth place for much of the race. A late collision between their team car, the No. 66 Ford GT, and the No. 4 Corvette took those cars off the track and out of contention, boosting the No. 67 up the finishing order.

Joey Hand qualified the No. 66 car on pole, collecting Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s fifth pole of the season.

“Tough race, for sure,” Briscoe said. “Second place is good for us, but I hate to see it happen at the expense of the No. 66 guys. Tough result for them. We were just hanging in there today. Good solid drive, I think. We definitely weren’t the fastest car but second place is a huge result. If we can carry that momentum to a couple of tracks where we can be really strong and hope this team can still find the championship.”

The No.’s 66 and 67 teams are now third and fourth in the championship standings with 257 points each, 17 points behind the leader. Ford is second in the manufacturers’ standings, two points behind the leader.

* Ford Performance news

“10 SUNDAYS” Video : EPISODE 6 – ELIMINATION RACE

Posted on: October 26th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 25, 2017

The second elimination race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs takes place at Kansas Speedway with four Ford drivers, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., all looking to advance to the Round of 8.

Keselowski, Harvick and Blaney all began the weekend in transfer positions while Stenhouse needed a win in order to advance.  Follow along to see how all four drivers handle the adversity they encounter throughout the weekend, and which drivers kept their title hopes alive.

 

 

 

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