Archive for the ‘2017 Press Releases’ Category


Posted on: October 19th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 19, 2017

Follow this unique behind the scenes 10-week video series from Ford Performance, documenting the various aspects of the Ford Performance NASCAR program.

Four Ford drivers, including Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., have advanced to the round of 12 drivers competing for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

There is no track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit that creates more drama than Talladega Superspeedway and Sunday’s Alabama 500 was no different.  Hear what Ford drivers, Edsel Ford and Doug Yates think about when they come to NASCAR’s biggest track, and then follow along as Brad Keselowski survives to win the fourth consecutive restrictor-plate win this season for Ford and Roush Yates Engines.

Brad Keselowski is guaranteed to advance into the Round of 8 with his win at Talladega, while Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney are currently in transfer positions after Talladega. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is currently (-22 points) outside the final cutoff position.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance


Posted on: December 12th, 2017
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DAYTONA, FL, December 12, 2017 – New year, new look. The Ford GT rolled into Daytona this past weekend with a new look. The car will sport an updated color palette of Blue Lightning (metallic), Frozen White (solid) and Liquid Red (metallic) for the 2018 season.

The first race of the season, Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place on Saturday, January, 27th – 28th, 2018.


Posted on: January 23rd, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, N.C., January 23, 2017 – The 2017 race season is about to begin and the excitement is building. This is the 14th year that Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance have partnered to design, develop and build world-class race engines for Ford Motor Company’s NASCAR and Road Racing programs.

In 2017, the sound of Roush Yates Engines’ horsepower will be heard around the world, across three continents and nine countries; including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Japan, China, Bahrain and at home in the USA.

“We are focused on the 2017 season,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The entire team has been working very hard over the off season and we are extremely excited to get back to racing. As my father {Robert Yates} would say, ‘we are not here to practice, we are here to WIN!’ “

Roush Yates Engines welcomes Stewart-Haas Racing to the Ford Performance NASCAR family. This February, at the Daytona 500 Stewart-Haas Racing will join the premier race teams of Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske, Wood Brother Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Front Row Motorsports and Go Green Racing in carrying the Ford blue oval on the car and FR9 EFI race engine from Roush Yates Engines under the hood.

The four road racing teams of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing are also looking to build on their 2016 season success {8 pole positions and 6 wins} including the memorable 24 Hours of Le Mans victory. Two Ford GTs will run in the IMSA and FIA series respectfully.

The IMSA road race season will kick off on January 27th at Daytona International Speedway. All four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing cars {No. 66, No. 67, No. 68 and No. 69} will unite to run in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28th.

New Season | Rolex 24
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. 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.


GALLERY: Phoenix and Sebring In Review

Posted on: March 20th, 2017
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Mooresville, N.C. – The 2017 race season is shaping up to be an exciting one.

Last weekend, Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines were racing coast to coast. NASCAR was at their second stop on the West Coast Swing in Phoenix, Ari. and the Road Racing teams were running the second endurance race of the season in Sebring, Fla. at the legendary Sebring International Raceway.

The teams accumulated three poles and one win over the weekend: starting with the No. 60 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge bringing home the pole and first win for the Ford Mustang GT4, followed by the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and lastly the second consecutive pole by Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all powered by Roush Yates Engines’ horsepower.

The Ford Mustang GT4 is a top the IMSA CTSC Driver and Manufacturer leader boards in points.

Ford GT pole winner No. 67 Ryan Briscoe* | Richard Westbrook | Scott Dixon

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team continues to run strong and are leading the Driver, Owner and Manufacturers championship points standings and brought home the 17th combined podium for Ford Performance. 

Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineer along side Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Billy Johnson for the No. 68.

Joey Logano won Team Penske’s second pole of the year.

The Ford Fusions ran strong in the desert with three cars finishing in the Top 10: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | Roush Fenway Racing P4, Brad Keselowski | Team Penske P5, followed by Kevin Harvick | Stewart-Haas Racing P6.


Images Courtesy of Ford Performance


Posted on: June 29th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC, June 29, 2017 Roush Yates Engines has aligned with Sharp Business Systems of North America (Sharp) to form a new and exciting technology alignment to enhance its overall company performance.

“With the installation of the Sharp multifunctional printers and copiers, as well as the addition of the Sharp AQUOS BOARD® interactive display systems, Sharp USA has enhanced our efficiency and productivity,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO, Roush Yates Engines. “Sharp is a trusted industry expert that will advance our workflow efficiency and communication within our team.”

The new Sharp MFPs (multifunctional printers) are precision engineered for quick and easy setup, exceptional image quality, ease of operation, control and maintenance. The AQUOS BOARD interactive display allows several people to write on screen at the same time, and its wireless and video conferencing features will allow Roush Yates Engines to meet with anyone around the world. This technology will boost collaboration and interaction during planning and development meetings and gatherings with clients, partners and staff.

“Sharp has an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation which aligns with Roush Yates Engines’ company goals, making this a win-win partnership,” expressed Todd English, Vice President Business Development, Roush Yates Engines.

Brian Alspector, Branch President, Sharp Business Systems of North Carolina said, “I would like to thank Roush Yates Engines for their trust and commitment to the Sharp family of products. We are excited about turning them into a raving fan through the use of Sharp technology and the famous local support we have come to be known for.”

Learn more about Roush Yates Engines and Sharp Business Systems at and

*Sharp and AQUOS BOARD are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sharp Corporation and/or its affiliated companies.


Posted on: August 14th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC, August 14, 2017 – Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is proud to announce the first day of class for the new CNC Machining Technology program at their Mooresville, North Carolina campus. This program is the first of it’s kind for UTI and is located in their 146,00 square foot state-of-the-art facility.


This program provides the hands-on training and high-tech skills needed to set-up and master the computer numerical control (CNC) and manual machining equipment. The curriculum also includes continuous improvement practices in the machining process that will prepare students to become an innovative, effective and efficient machinist. The 36-week program will provide a foundation for students to start careers in aerospace, transportation and industrial fields or other career paths such as; research & development, sales and purchasing related to CNC machining and measuring equipment.

As manufacturers invest in new equipment, modify production techniques and implement product design changes more rapidly, they will continue to rely heavily on experienced machinists.

The program has also received the support from many industry leaders such as; Mitsubishi Materials, Mitee-Bite Products, Starrett, Alro Steel and Mastercam. The partners to the school have invested tools, machines, equipment and most importantly their industry expertise to help support and develop the program.

To find out more about this program and UTI please visit





Richard Petty Motorsports Announces New Driver of Famed No. 43

Posted on: October 25th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 25, 2017 – In one of the organization’s most anticipated moments in its history, Richard Petty Motorsports announced today Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. as the new driver of the No. 43 made famous by team co-owner, “The King” Richard Petty. Wallace, 24, will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and for the Sunoco Rookie of The Year beginning at the 2018 Daytona 500.

Wallace, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is already one of the sport’s most popular figures with an incredible record of success behind the wheel. A graduate of both NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs, Wallace has broken several barriers and records throughout his rise within the sport.

Earlier this season, Wallace made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut as a substitute driver for the injured Aric Almirola in the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway on June 11. Wallace showed rapid improvement over the four races he participated, substantially improving his finish position every race, culminating with an 11th place finish at Kentucky Speedway on July 8.

Wallace initially rose to prominence in 2013 with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, becoming the first African-American driver in 50 years to win a NASCAR national touring series feature since NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Wendell Scott. The next season Wallace finished third overall in the truck series point standings with four wins for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Wallace moved up full-time to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Roush Fenway Racing in 2015, where he earned 31 Top-10 finishes over the last three seasons before making his Cup debut in June with RPM.

“This is a dream come true to race for ‘The King’, Richard Petty Motorsports, the iconic No. 43 and for all the fans and partners that have and continue to support this team,” said Wallace. “I believe in what Richard Petty Motorsports is doing and their desire to win races. I believe this team, its partners and fans are ready to see some great things again. I’m humbled that they have chosen me to take that next step with them. I’m ready for next season to begin and to prove to people that we can compete at the level we all expect to be at.”

Veteran and winning crew chief Drew Blickensderfer will continue to lead the No. 43 team in 2018 with Wallace. Petty believes that Wallace brings the current youth movement to RPM.

“We have hired a lot of different drivers in the past, but Wallace brings a lot of youth and talent to our team,” explained Petty. “He’s proven at a young age to be able to be consistent on a weekly basis, give feedback to the team to help improve the car and race hard to get the best finish possible. He knows how to win, too. His records leading up to the top levels of NASCAR speak for themselves. We feel that Bubba can immediately come in and compete. He’s really eager to show what he can do and that he belongs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

Wallace will become the first full-time African-American driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since Scott. Partners for Wallace and the No. 43 team for the 2018 season will be announced at a later date.


Posted on: December 18th, 2017
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MOORESVILLE, NC, December 18, 2017 – Ford Performance is in the midst of a NASCAR youth movement and when the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge kicks off in Daytona on Jan. 26, four of its NASCAR drivers will be on full display.

Ford Performance Development Driver Chase Briscoe, along with Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski will be mentored and joined on track by IMSA champion driver Scott Maxwell as part of a two-car Mustang GT4 team in the GS class that weekend.

“We have an outstanding group of young drivers coming up and we feel putting them in this kind of environment with Scott Maxwell will benefit them for the rest of their careers,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.  “You have to be good on all types of tracks to compete for a NASCAR championship and this will give each of them valuable road course experience in our exciting Mustang GT4 with Multimatic Motorsports.”

Briscoe, 23, was announced as the first driver of Ford Performance’s Driver Development Program last year and he’s coming off a season that saw him take home his share of honors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  He won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver awards after qualifying for the series Playoffs and winning the Ford 200 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Cindric, 19, was a teammate of Briscoe’s at Brad Keselowski Racing in 2017 and won his first major NASCAR race in September at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  That helped him qualify for the inaugural NCWTS Playoffs, where he advanced to the Championship 4 at Ford Championship Weekend and finished third.  Cindric has road racing experience, including a successful run in Multimatic Motorsport’s Ford Shelby GT350R-C program.

Custer, 19, enjoyed a standout rookie season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the newly-formed team at Stewart-Haas Racing.  He had a solid Playoff run that saw him advance to the Round of 8 and win his first series race in the season-ending Ford 300 in Homestead-Miami.

Majeski, 23 and a former three-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion, made his debut with Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017 and competed three times.  He qualified in the Top 10 for each event and finished the year on a high note with a 10th-place run in Homestead-Miami.

It was recently announced that Briscoe, Cindric and Majeski will share the full-time No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing-prepared Mustang powered by the Ford FR9  race engine in the NASCAR XFINITY series in 2018, in collaboration with Team Penske, Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines.

All four drivers will benefit from the expertise of Maxwell, whose credentials include the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS championship in 2016 with co-driver Billy Johnson and victories at some of the sport’s marquee venues, such as Sebring, Daytona and Le Mans.

Driver pairings for the four-hour endurance event will be announced at a later date.  All five drivers will participate in a three-day test session at Daytona International Speedway, beginning January 5, 2018.


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!
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

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



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


  • 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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