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VIDEO | IT IS TIME – ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

Posted on: January 26th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, January 26, 2018 –

The 2018 IMSA season kick off is this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the running of the 56th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona race.

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (ICTSC) – Friday, January 26th – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET.

IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (IWSC) – Saturday, January 27th – 2:40pm ET to January 28th – 2:40pm ET.

 

FORD MUSTANG GT4 WINS CONSECUTIVE SEBRING RACES

Posted on: March 19th, 2018
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SEBRING, FL, March 19, 2018 – The No. 60 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 won their second consecutive Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport race title at Sebring International Raceway on Friday in the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120.

Drivers Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli picked up the teams fourth win and their first as co-drivers in the No. 60. Following in teammates, Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford’s footsteps who won the esteemed race in 2017. This marked Ford’s 45th victory in the Grand Sport (GS) class.

“Congratulations to KohR Motorsports,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To win at Sebring is special and to win two years in a row is a tribute to the team’s hard work and dedication.”

The modified two-hour sprint race allowed for an aggressive strategy call from the pit box, going to a one stop race plan with the 5.2L Mustang V8 engine to complete the 175.78-mile race. As the race unfolded, it would be the one stop call that would allow the No. 60 to inherit the lead and then it came down to managing the Continental tires for the last 20 laps.

“It feels great,” Stacy said. “The team worked flawlessly. We had a really good strategy, I’m really glad it worked out. It was kind of a gutsy move, but it worked out in the end. With these Continental Tires, it was just crazy good at the beginning. I had a bit of a push toward the end there, but it got hot and sticky. It was great all around.”

Six Ford Mustang GT4s started in a field of 37 cars, including KohR Motorsports sister car No. 59 with drivers Jack Roush Jr. and Joey Atterbury. They finished the race P6 followed by AWA Ford Mustang No. 80 in P14.

This weekend’s results provides great  momentum for the Ford Mustang program as they head to Mid-Ohio for the first time on May 5th.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 322 WINS – 283 POLES!
* Images courtesy of Ford Performance

FORD WINS MULTIPLE ROAD RACING PODIUMS

Posted on: May 7th, 2018
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FORD GT & FORD MUSTANG GT4 WIN

MOORESVILLE, NC – May 7, 2018 – The Ford road racing programs brought home multiple wins this past weekend from around the world. The No. 66 Ford GT won the FIA World Endurance Series Super Season opener in Belgium, while in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge Series, the Ford Mustang GT4s recorded a 1-2 podium finish in the Mid-Ohio 120.
“I’m very proud of what our team accomplished this weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To win both season openers in our Ford GT program and back-to-back races with the Ford Mustang (GT4) program is a testament of the hard work by our teams. The twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 engines are true examples of how technology transfers between the race programs and Ford’s OE street cars. We will keep optimizing these engine packages to ensure we are ready for our competition.”
The two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs started 1-2 on the GTE Pro grid after locking down the front row in Friday’s Qualifying session in the 6 Hours of Spa at the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The No. 67 with combined lap times from Andy Priaulx (GBR) and Harry Tincknell (GBR) secured the pole position.

In a drama packed race, the No. 66 Ford GT, raced by Stefan Mücke (DEU), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (USA) were able to convert their front row starting position into their first 2018 win. The team also took away the maximum championship points from the first race of the 2018-19 WEC Super Season over the weekend.

With one hour left in the race, Pla steadily reeled in the leader and after a timely restart he was on the attack. In the move of the race he passed the No. 91 Porsche through Eau Rouge and never looked back, building on his lead until he crossed the finish line to take the FCGR Ford GT to Victory Lane in the season opener.

“I knew on the last stint that I needed to pass the No. 91 Porsche quickly so I could then build up a safety gap so it was good to get it done,” said Pla. “It was a very difficult season for us last year; we had a lot of pace, but there was always something, some drama and bad luck that cost us the results. We are really happy today. My teammates did a perfect job all weekend and the car has been fantastic so I hope we can continue like this!”

“To be one of the development drivers of the Ford GT and to be able to race it is a huge honor,” said Johnson. To then win in that car brings the whole thing full circle and is a dream come true. I love driving with these guys and it’s great to have such a brilliant team – what a great start to the 2018/19 season!”

Next stop for the Ford GT drivers will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In the IMSA CTSC series, Kyle Marcelli, Nate Stacy in the No. 60 KohR Motosports/Roush Performance earned their second IMSA CTSC race win in a row, after winning the Mid-Ohio 120.
The No.8 Ford Mustang GT4 team of Chad McCumbee and Patrick Gallagher started from the pole position.
The excitement mounted as it came down to the last minutes of the race on Saturday. Marcelli (No. 60) drew in Gallagher (No. 8) and passed him with just over three minutes left in the race. Gallagher would fight back, but Marcelli held on, to cross the finish line with a gap of 0.286 seconds.
“I knew if I just didn’t make a mistake, that we had the pace to do it,” said Marcelli in Victory Lane. “Finally, with just a few minutes to go it looked like I could make the pass and I knew when I finally caught him, I had to make it right away. We went door-to-door in turn two and it was just really good racing. Two-for-two for Ford and Roush Performance and KohR. Our strategy was awesome as well. It was a bit risky. We came in early to make our final stop shorter and it paid off with track position.”

Ford Performance NASCAR driver Chase Briscoe made his third start of the year in the No. 15 Multimatic Ford Mustang GT4 and continues to get crucial experience. He and Scott Maxwell finished 22nd, after Ford Mustang GT4 teams AWA (P10), KohR Motorsports (P11) and VOLT Lighting (P16).

The Ford Mustangs will be back on the track at Watkins Glen in July.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 328 WINS – 291 POLES!

*Photos courtesy of Ford Performance

Industry Insights: Doug Yates

Posted on: July 13th, 2018
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By: Dave Argabright, Performance Racing Industry (PRI)

July 13, 2018

Building on the legacy of his legendary surname, this highly accomplished engine
builder and head of Roush Yates Engines reflects on career-defining moments,
influential figures throughout the years, challenges in NASCAR and beyond, and the
future of performance.

“My job as a leader is just to make sure I’m asking the right questions and we’re moving in the right direction,” Doug Yates said.

A second-generation engine builder who was twisting wrenches in his father’s shadow as a
teenager, Doug Yates has risen to become one of the most respected figures in professional
engine building. Today he heads Roush Yates Engines, the provider of horsepower for Fordpowered
teams in NASCAR as well as sports car racing.

A 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University, Yates immediately joined Robert Yates Racing,
led by his father, legendary engine builder Robert Yates. He soon ascended to the role of lead
engine builder for the team, winning the 1999 Winston Cup title with Dale Jarrett at the wheel.
In 2003 Doug Yates was tasked with creating a company that merged the engine-building efforts
of Robert Yates and Jack Roush—fierce, lifelong competitors. The historic merger birthed Roush Yates Engines, and with Doug Yates at the helm the company rose to become a key strategic partner of the Ford Motor Company.

The performance world is filled with ups and downs, and at this writing in mid-May, Roush Yates
is on a significant upswing. Their engines have led the way in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
competition in 2018, with Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing scoring an impressive five Cup
victories in 12 races, along with teammate Clint Bowyer taking the checkered flag once so far this
season.

Yates recently sat down with PRI to discuss a variety of topics, and in the process shared some interesting thoughts on the future of engine performance.

PRI: From the beginning—and I’m going back to your dad Robert’s earlier years— Ford has been
in the picture at Roush Yates. How did that relationship begin?

Yates: My dad’s first job in the late 1960s was with Caterpillar, working in the field repairing heavy
equipment. His supervisor there told him about Holman Moody down in Charlotte and told him
he’d be a great fit there. Holman Moody was paying pretty well, and the supervisor urged my dad
to check it out. So he went down there and got a job. He started in the air gauge department, and
he excelled there because of his strong math skills. He worked really hard and paid attention to the details, and worked alongside people like Waddell Wilson and Tommy Turner and the other greats who came along in our sport. That was his first exposure with Ford, and when Ford exited
NASCAR for a while in the 1970s my dad went to work for Junior Johnson and was building
Chevrolet engines there. But his first steps in racing were with Ford, and around 1985 the Ford
guys—Lee Morse and those guys—called him and asked him to run Ranier-Lundy Racing, the 28
car. At that time Cale Yarborough was running a partial schedule with them, and ultimately, they
brought on Davey Allison as a rookie, and that’s where it all got started.

PRI: In recent years we’ve seen Roush Yates enter several new motorsports arenas such as IMSA
sports cars and FIA World Endurance Championship racing. How did the new direction come
about?

Yates: It’s interesting. We began our road race program with Don Panoz in 1999, the same year
we won the Winston Cup championship with Dale Jarrett. Don was basically running a fuelinjected
aluminum version of our NASCAR engine and was running the American Le Mans Series
here, as well as Le Mans. We got our first experience at Le Mans with Don and that engine, and
we’ve been road racing ever since. When the IMSA series changed in the early 2000s, we were
involved with that program with Multimatic Motorsports. We’ve been racing that type of engine—
basically a 5.2-liter injected Mustang engine—for quite some time. We’ve had a lot of success, and
we won the Rolex 24 in 2012 with Mike Shank, and in 2015, 2017 and 2018 with Chip Ganassi. I’m
really proud to say that our company won the Rolex 24 four times and won Le Mans in 2016.

Many people might not know that because that was in the background a little bit. But we’re proud
of our involvement. By being active with road racing from 1999 on, it gave us more opportunities.
When Ford wanted to go back to Le Mans with the EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, we were ready.
There wasn’t really a plan, but we were positioned well and the timing was right. When Ford called
on us to provide the engines and support for that program…I’m really glad we stayed involved in
road racing and I’m glad we stayed engaged. It’s a healthy activity and it’s something we’re proud
of.

PRI: Your resume is filled with motorsports experience, Doug, all the way to the beginning. Is your
current role as leader of the company a place where you believed you would ultimately be?

Yates: (Laughing.) No. My oldest son [graduated college this year], and I’ve been thinking a lot
about his future. I remember the day I graduated from NC State. I went to a function on Saturday
night here in Charlotte, and then I went to work on Monday morning and I’ve never checked up
since. When I went to work for my dad’s team, Robert Yates Racing, we had about 12 people in the
shop, and we owned three race cars and three engines. We all did everything—just worked. The
only vision we had was winning the next race. That was just the goal, every week. Work really hard
and find advantages and go win the race.

The vision my dad and I shared was to have a world-class engine shop, and that’s why I wanted to
go to engineering school. What I envisioned was lab coats and high-tech equipment, but I didn’t
really know exactly what that meant. In 2003 we moved into what we felt was our world-class
engine shop here in Mooresville, and that’s where we are today. But we didn’t really know where
it was going to go. We were racers, and we just wanted to do the best we could do. Through theyears, looking ahead, working hard, having great engines, more and more people wanted to use our product. By doing a good job, and being diligent and focused, it presented those
opportunities.

There was a time when every team in NASCAR built their own engines. Today you basically have
one builder pre-manufacturer, except for GM, which has two. That’s something I’m really proud
of. There wasn’t really a strategic plan, but more a matter of working hard and trying to be
prepared when opportunities came along.

PRI: I know it was very hard with the loss of your father a few months ago. I suspect you would
tell us that his impact on your company, and the people within it, is immeasurable.

Yates: It’s tough, it’s hard…I can’t even believe it, to be honest with you. It doesn’t seem real.
Without my dad’s vision and leadership and all the things he accomplished, we wouldn’t even be
talking today. He was such an influence on my life; I had a lifelong apprenticeship alongside him.
He taught me everything I know about engines, along with other great people I’ve worked with
through the years. But equally he taught me about life, and how to treat people and try to do the
right thing. His dad was a Baptist preacher, and that’s something he was very proud of. He
wanted to use his platform to help share his father’s message, and his way of sharing that was by
doing. Not by preaching, but by teaching by example. That was important to me, and it is reflected
in the people who work here at Roush Yates. Hopefully I can carry that on.

He would be so happy with our success this year. For Kevin Harvick to win five races, that’s
something we would be talking about on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday. He’d tell all his
buddies about it. He loved to race, and he loved NASCAR. He liked to compete and he liked to win.
He’d be very proud of all the people here and all the hard work they’ve done. I just wish he was
here to enjoy it with us.

PRI: In addition to your father, who can you look back upon as someone who had a big impact on
you and your life?

Yates: Scooter Brothers of COMP Cams, I call him my racing dad. When I graduated from college
and went to work tearing down engines and washing parts, I think the guys at the shop felt a little
sorry for me. “You went to college to come back and do this?” they’d ask. So they decided to give
me a project: working on a restrictor-plate engine. In the early days of restrictor-plate racing they
started out by downsizing the carburetor, going from an 830 cfm to a 390 cfm. And the cars were
still too fast. So they gave me the project of working on camshaft development, and handed me a
business card: Paul Brothers of COMP Cams. I dialed the number and asked for Paul Brothers.

The guy stopped me in my tracks and said, “First of all, my name is Scooter. And I’m going to help
you out with this project.” We became great friends and he’s been an important mentor for me.
On that first project together we sat on the pole of the 1991 Daytona 500 with Davey Allison. We
probably tested 25 different cams and made so much progress. The very next year we won the
500 with Davey Allison. Scooter was a huge part of that. Every year for the All-Star race—it used to
be called The Winston—we’d design a new camshaft for that race. We won the 1992 Winston with
Davey Allison on “One Hot Night” with that special camshaft.

But whether it was camshafts, or cylinder heads, or intake manifolds, or introducing me to people
like Bob Glidden, Scooter was there. Or if there were personal things I couldn’t talk with my dad
about, I could talk to Scooter. I could always call Scooter, and he would be there. And he still is
there today. He’s a great man who has helped so many people in racing. It’s a good community
and a good thing to be part of, and Scooter is truly one of the good guys in the sport

PRI: At the moment, your engines—and the teams you work with—are excelling on the track in
NASCAR. How much does that kind of success inspire the people in your building on a day-to-day
basis?

Yates: You know, we are blessed with such a great team of people. It’s interesting, you go through
seasons when you have a lot of success, and you go through seasons where you don’t. But you
can’t have a pep rally to fix losing. My dad always used to say, “You can’t lie to the grandstands.”
What I enjoy is that we have a final exam every Sunday. It’s easy to figure out how you’re doing.
And the mood of the people is directly related to your on-track success. Success breeds more
success. Our people right now, we could hardly run them out of here, could hardly get them to
stop working if we wanted to. They are here early in the morning and ready to get started, and
they’re here at 9 o’clock at night. Whatever it takes to do the job. My job as a leader is just to make
sure I’m asking the right questions and we’re moving in the right direction. Our team right now is so strong. Racing is a passion sport; there are easier ways to make a living than racing. But what you can’t replace is that feeling when you win a race. You can’t replace the satisfaction that you
had a part in an engine that won the race on Sunday. It’s hard to describe that, but it’s so special.

We have 185 people here who are engaged, and they are doing the best work they can do. The
secret to building great engines is what happens on the shop floor. Every decision that is made,
every test that is run. It’s great to see and I’m proud to be a part of it right now.

But we also know we still have a lot to do. I was walking through the shop this morning and highfiving
a guy and he said, “We’ve got one thing to do: win a championship.” That is exactly right.
They are locked and loaded, and this is a good time for us. I’m happy for everybody here to be a
part of it.

PRI: What would you point to as the biggest business challenge your company deals with today?

Yates: That’s a great question. It’s all about strategy. What do we do next, and how do we ensure
the future of our people and our company? What’s the next right move? We’ve been very
fortunate to make some good decisions in the past…when people came to us and asked us to
build their engines, we didn’t turn away from that. We accepted the challenge, and that positioned
us to merge with Jack Roush and his company to form Roush Yates. We’ve tried lots of things as a
business; we’ve had a parts business for a while, we built grassroots engines, and we’ve kind of
pared that back a little bit to focus on our core: building great engines for Ford Motor Company.
We want to be a great partner. But we also think about what else we could do based on what
we’re good at. We feel like we’re pretty good and getting better at machining, and manufacturing.
I think that has some runway. We could do some things at the aerospace level. We’re ISO certified,
AS9100, which is something we took on ourselves because we believed it would make us a better
company and be a catalyst for change. We’re really proud of that.

You have to think about strategy every day. You have to keep your eyes open for the next
opportunity, but you want to make sure you’re making good moves. I feel the responsibility for
trying to have a strong company for all of our employees and their families. The challenge is
seeing what the next three years, the next five years, will look like. There are a lot of changes with
NASCAR, a lot of change in the OEM space for sure, and change is exciting. We need to be ready
as a company to address those challenges and move ahead.

PRI: In this hyper-competitive arena, how do you recruit the skilled employees you need?

Yates: Talent is the key to the future, and you have to be intentional and develop that pipeline.
We have a great partnership with UTI and NASCAR Tech here in Mooresville, and that is a really
good education for entry-level technicians. People who come into the tear-down department, the
subassembly department, even machining. We’ve hired over 90 graduates from UTI, and that’s
something I’m proud of. Most recently they’ve started a CNC program, which is a partnership with
Roush Yates, and they recently had their first graduating class. We’ve hired three graduates from
that class for our manufacturing facility.

The skills gap that people talk about today in manufacturing is real. We see it here in racing, and
the rest of the world is seeing it, too. So we’re working on that pipeline and developing those skills. I feel like the NASCAR community has a very strong program here. On the engineering level we’re working with several universities—NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson— to develop a pipeline
for engineers to enter our company and grow with us. We still need to grow in that area, to
become more recognized.

When we go to job fairs we’re still a pretty small player, and people have a lot of questions about NASCAR and racing and do they want to get involved with it. We work with the SAE programs and find people who have a passion for racing. You have to work really hard in this area. I started out building engines and had no idea what the HR department did other than making sure we had insurance and making sure we got paid, but I came to realize
that a good HR department can really propel a company into the future.

PRI: Now, take that one step further: What does the next generation of racing engines look like?

Yates: That’s pretty exciting. It’s hard to say when NASCAR will make a transition, but our
experience in IMSA and Le Mans is racing production-relevant technology. Smaller cubic engines,
direct injection, turbos, and I think there will be an electrification component to that. All of that is
exciting, and I want to make sure our company is prepared for it. Stock car racing started out with stock engines. Today, we’re going to the All-Star race with a
restrictor-plate engine that is 420 horsepower. Production engines today can make way more
power than that, so it’s easy to imagine racing an EcoBoost engine in NASCAR in the future. The
challenge in that respect might be the sound; people love the V8 engines, they love the sound.
How do you bridge that gap? But from a powertrain standpoint, production engines with some
sort of electrification will probably come at some point.

Which is really exciting for engineers, by the way. One of the biggest challenges we had with
recruiting engineers into our company was the fact that people didn’t want to work with
carburetors. When NASCAR made the switch to the McLaren ECU and the EFI system, and the
digital dash, that kind of technology is good for the sport. Albeit it’s more expensive, that’s a fact.
But the technology attracts talent, which keeps NASCAR interesting for young people. Young
people today have all sorts of technology around them, and if you want to engage young people
you have to engage technology.

PRI: Somewhere, working in a small shop, is a guy who puts together engines for a couple of
short track teams. He has dreams of growing his business and hiring people and winning
championships. What advice would you give that guy?

Yates: Work hard, pay attention to the details, and network. Ask people questions. Whatever you
want to learn, people in this sport will provide the answers. Everybody wants to help others and
they love to answer questions. If you are struggling with something—technical or otherwise—
people are there to help you. This is a great community. Ultimately your product and the way you
treat people will define how far you can go with your business. And get your engines in winning
cars! That’s very important. But don’t be afraid to ask for help.

PRI: In the world of performance, does a Ford guy still take some pleasure in beating Chevrolet
guys?

Yates: You’d better believe it! My dad told me the story that when he went to work for Junior
Johnson, Ford had dominated recently at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Chevrolet was having
some challenges getting people in the grandstands. They built their first engine from a school bus
engine, and Charlie Glotzbach sat on the pole at Charlotte. Almost instantly all the Chevy guys
showed up in the grandstand, talking it up to the Ford guys on how they were going to beat ’em.
That’s what it’s all about. People love competition, and that’s what makes the world go around.
The best thing about our deal is that it’s Ford versus Chevrolet versus Toyota. We’ll have times
when we have our run, and GM and Toyota have had their times. You win on Sunday and sell on
Monday, and that still holds true today. We want to win our share and we want our Ford fans to
be proud, and that’s what keeps us going.

 

KESELOWSKI WINS LAS VEGAS & TEAM PENSKE’S 500th WIN!

Posted on: September 17th, 2018
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LAS VEGAS, NV – September 17, 2018 –Brad Keselowski, in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race in Las Vegas and automatically advances to the second round of the NASCAR Playoffs. In addition, Keselowski achieved Team Penske’s 500thoverall race win for Roger Penske. This also marked the 80th overall (points/non-points) win for the partnership between Roush Yates Engines and Team Penske.
“Congratulations to Brad, Team Penske, and Ford Performance for winning the first Playoff race of the season and hats off to Roger for winning his 500th career win,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Roger is a true leader and sets the standard for the sport of racing! Our team, at Roush Yates, is proud to be partnering with Ford Performance in providing the horsepower for the Ford Fusions and are looking forward to Richmond.”

In an epic battle of will and stamina, Team Penske driver Keselowski and the No. 2 crew showed they had grit and determination to win the South Point 400. After starting thirteenth, Keselowski drove the No. 2 Ford Fusion to the front to win Stage 2 and led 75 laps out of the 272-lap race.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever had a team that was this strong on pit road before,” Keselowski commented in Victory Lane. “This is the best we’ve ever been on pit road and that made a huge, huge difference today. I’m very thankful for that.”

After a late race caution, the race came down to a two-lap overtime decision, only the second Las Vegas race to be decided in overtime. Keselowski lined up next to Team Penske teammate Joey Logano, on the front row, for the restart. Keselowski got a great launch to take the lead on his way to taking the checkered flag and winning his third race in a row this season and earned six playoff points.
Five Fords finished in the top-10 with Keselowski first, Logano fourth and Ryan Blaney fifth while Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola finished sixth and Wood Brother’s Racing driver Paul Menard finished 10th.
Ford Performance leads all manufacturers with 14 race wins this season. The 2018 Playoff standings is led by Keselowski in P1 and his Team Penske teammates Logano in P5 and Blaney P7. Kevin Harvick leads the Stewart-Haas Racing teammates at P4 while Kurt Busch is P6, Almirola P9 and Clint Bowyer in P11.
Las Vegas was also the location of Cole Custer’s fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series pole win.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff field is now set with three Ford Performance teammates Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Austin Cindric earning positions in the round of twelve.
NASCAR heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend for the second round of the MENCS Playoffs and round one for NXS.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 347 WINS – 310 POLES!
*Pictures courtesy of NASCAR Media

NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON!

Posted on: December 12th, 2018
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2018 | A Season to Remember

MOORESVILLE, NC – December 12, 2018 – The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will go down in history as one of our most memorable seasons while partnering with Ford to capture the drivers’, owners’, and manufacturers’ championship titles and winning the MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year award.
At the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, Joey Logano became the 33rd driver to be crowned the champion in NASCAR’s top division.
“Congratulations to Edsel, Mark, Joey, Roger, and the entire Ford organization on an outstanding year,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was an incredible season, to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers’, Owners’ and Manufacturers’ Championship titles in the same season is a remarkable accomplishment. Without the hard work and dedication of our 180 passionate employees, these championships would not have been possible. We’re blessed to partner with Ford and provide the horsepower for Ford Performance teams. It’s also, a great honor to be recognized by MAHLE as the engine builder of the year in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series.”

Ford Performance and the combined efforts of six premier Ford NASCAR teams; Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Front Row Motorsports, and Go Fas won a combined record breaking 19 point races, 15 poles, and 3 championships. In addition, to winning the All-Star race and the Daytona Clash, these combined teams led over half the laps raced in the 2018 season. Leading a total 5,954 laps over 41 race events.

In case you missed any of the action, here’s a rewind of some of our most memorable moments.

Joey Logano’s first championship title was punctuated with becoming only the eighth driver to win a MENCS championship with Ford and win the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford Fusion tied for the most wins during the 2018 season with eight. Harvick’s Playoff win at Texas Motor Speedway topped off his career best year.
Logano secured his place in the Championship Playoffs by winning his third race of the year at Martinsville Speedway.
We saw the Ford Fusions sweep Talladega in the 2018 season. Logano won the Spring race, while the No. 10 of Aric Almirola made a statement at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fall, by winning his first Talladega Cup race. This marked Ford’s seventh straight restrictor-plate race win at the coveted speedway and put a record fourth SHR driver into the playoffs.
Ryan Blaney won the inaugural running of the 2018 Charlotte Roval, marking his second career Cup win and first win since becoming a full-time driver at Team Penske.
It was a September to remember for Brad Keselowski and Roger Penske, winning three straight at Darlington Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and then the Playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning Roger Penske’s 500th career win.
Kurt Busch also had an award-winning year, winning the 2018 Pole Winner Award for a season high five poles, in addition to capturing his 30th career win at Bristol.
We saw SHR sweep the Michigan 400’s with Clint Bowyer winning the summer event and teammate Harvick sealing the deal in the fall to keep the famed Heritage trophy in Dearborn at Ford Motor Company headquarters.
Harvick would win his sixth points paying race of the season in Loudon, New Hampshire.
In turn, Harvick dominated the month of May, winning the AAA 400 Drive for Autism in Dover, the KS Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway, and finished by winning a $1,000,000 in the Charlotte All-Star race.
Bowyer won his first race at Martinsville Speedway in the Spring, leading a race high 215 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500.
It was Harvick that launched the 2018 Championship season by winning three consecutive races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway.
The 2018 season marked the final year for the Ford Fusion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and what a year it has been. The Fusion became Ford’s flagship model for the series in 2006 and went on to win 108 races during its 13-year run.

In addition, the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season concluded with Stewart-Haas Racing winning the Xfinity Owners’ Championship title by Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and the No. 00 of Cole Custer.

The Ford Xfinity teams recorded 14 poles and nine wins by seven different drivers throughout the 33-race season.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 354 WINS – 320 POLES!
* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media

FORD GT WINS BACK-TO-BACK ROLEX 24 RACES

Posted on: January 29th, 2018
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL, January 29, 2018 – It was a 1-2 finish for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing at the 56thrunning of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Teammates Ryan Briscoe*, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon drove the No. 67 across the finish line, recording back-to-back wins for the Ford GT and delivering the 200th win to team owner Chip Ganassi. The No. 66 sister-car with drivers Joey Hand*, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais (2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona winners) secured a second place podium finish in this year’s season opener.
“Both teams ran an exceptional race,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Chip and Ford Performance, they put together a great team and race strategy for the weekend. It’s an honor to partner and work with Ford Performance on the Ford EcoBoost V6 program and power Chip’s 200th win. To win an endurance race of this length two years in a row takes an extraordinary team effort and I’m so proud of the entire Ford team.”
This win marked Chip Ganassi’s historic 200th win; 103 Indy Car, 56 Sportscar, 39 Stock Car and 2 Rally Car wins, exemplifying his legendary career in motorsports. “Congratulations Chip,” from all of us at Roush Yates Engines.

“It’s obviously a great win and a great weekend,” Ganassi said. “In terms of the win, it was one of the most nerve-wracking races. You know, when you come out of the blocks like that and leading it after about three or four hours or something. After a certain amount of hours go around the clock a little bit, it’s your race to lose. It’s one thing not to win a race, it’s another to lose it. It was our race to lose and those are one of the worst races from my point of view, because everything is out of my control. My hats off to the team, the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics, the people that build the engines, and the people who built the cars. They’re the ones that deserve to be sitting up here along with the drivers and myself.”

The direct injection, 3.6L, twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engines performed superbly during the 24-hour endurance race, completing a record 2,787.48 miles (783 laps x 3.56-mile circuit) each. The No. 67 and No. 66 each completed 783 race laps, surpassing the previous 719 lap (3.84-mile circuit, 2,760.96 miles) record for the race.

All Ford entries who competed during the IMSA weekend bore a special decal for Ford racing legend Dan Gurney, who died Jan. 14, 2018. The serial number on the winning Ford EcoBoost engine was “GT40.”

The Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineers Craig Ashmore, Charles Vogel and Adam McMaster, alongside Ford Performance teammates monitored the engines, adjusted calibration mapping and traction control inputs in order to maximize the power and performance of the Ford EcoBoost throughout the challenging endurance race.

“This win was a complete team effort,” commented Wade Riesterer, Technical Manager of Road Racing for Roush Yates Engines.

The Ford Mustang GT4 entries also had a successful weekend in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class with NASCAR development drivers adapting quickly to their first IMSA endurance sports car race. The No. 15 Cole Custer, Ty Majeski and veteran champion driver Scott Maxwell claimed their first podium, finishing third overall. The podium was the sixth overall for the Mustang GT4 in the Continental Tire series since Ford debuted the car at Daytona last January.

This past weekend’s results provide momentum to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as they head into the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The next IMSA race will be held at Sebring International Raceway, March 14 – 17.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 313 WINS – 282 POLES!

 

*Photos Courtesy of Ford Performance

 

CLINT BOWYER WINS AT MARTINSVILLE!

Posted on: March 27th, 2018
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MARTINSVILLE, VA, March 27, 2018 – Clint Bowyer won his first race at Martinsville Speedway, leading a race high 215 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500. The No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion powered by the Ford FR9 engine, recorded his first win for Stewart-Haas Racing and a new Grandfather clock. Ford Performance now has 28 career MENCS wins at the famed “Paperclip”.

“Congratulations Clint, Tony and Gene on a fantastic win” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Clint drove a great race, showcasing his talents leading 215 laps in his Ford Fusion. Ford Performance continues to provide the technology and resources to keep our cars running up front.”

“This is a place where I’ve gotten so close,” an emotional Bowyer commented in Victory Lane. I wanted to win this grandfather clock so bad. Let me tell you something, Gene Haas, Tony Stewart, to give this old dog a fresh chance and fresh blood with a new opportunity. Finally, to get the 14 in Victory Lane is just a weight off the shoulders. It’s been a long time. To have it come at this place meant a lot.”

After a snow delayed start to the STP 500, Bowyer came out strong, his car was perfectly set up for the cooler conditions in Martinsville. The No. 14 took the lead over Ford teammate Ryan Blaney (Stage 2 winner) on lap 285 and never looked back. Bowyer managed his race car and equipment throughout the 500-lap event to take the checkered flag 1.146 seconds in front of Kyle Busch, marking consecutive Ford Performance spring race wins at Martinsville.

Ford Performance teammates led a race high 361 lap total out of the 500-lap race; Clint Bowyer 215 laps, Ryan Blaney 145 laps and Brad Keselowski 1 lap.

It was a stellar day for Ford Performance racing with eight Ford Fusions finishing in the top-15; Bowyer P1, No. 12 Blaney in P2, No. 4 Kevin Harvick P5, No. 22 Joey Logano in P6 and Team Penske teammate Keselowski in P10, No. 41 Kurt Busch, No 21 Paul Menard in P13 and No. 10 Aric Almirola P14.

NASCAR heads to the longhorn state, to the Texas Motor Speedway after Easter break.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 323 WINS – 283 POLES!

* Images courtesy of NASCAR Media

AS9100 REV D CERTIFICATION ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted on: May 11th, 2018
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ROUSH YATES MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS

 

MOORESVILLE, NC – May 11, 2018 Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a division of Roush Yates Engines is pleased to announce the achievement of ISO 9001:AS9100 Rev D certification.

“Achieving the AS9100 Rev D status is a great accomplishment for our company,” said Mary Ann Mauldwin, Chief Operating Officer of Roush Yates Engines. “This status uniquely separates us in the marketplace as one of a few companies to hold this level of certification at this particular time.”

The internationally recognized AS9100 Rev D Quality Management System standard enlarges the requirements of ISO 9001 to meet the rigorous demands of the automotive, aerospace, aviation and defense industries. This standard is strongly supported by the aerospace industry as its principal certification.

Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions originally achieved its AS9100 certification in 2016. This year, our team at RYMS has once again met the challenge of the rigorous AS9100 requirements and review to achieve a Rev D certification. This standard is one to which world-class suppliers are

measured and recognizes RYMS as a compliant, reliable and preferred supplier.

“I’m very proud of our team and what we have achieved,” said Bob Ucman, Vice President of Manufacturing at Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. “Because of our employee’s dedication, we achieved the AS9100 Rev D status. The certification process is a difficult one and our team rose to the challenge. I’m again very proud of our team and their commitment to achieving this success. This certification will assist us in growing our business into new industries.”

This certification reflects Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions commitment to exceeding customer’s expectations and increasingly stringent requirements in the aerospace and defense industries.

THE QUEST FOR FORD’S BIGGEST NASCAR FAN:

Posted on: July 19th, 2018
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LOCAL CONNECTICUT-BASED SMALL BUSINESS FINDS PRESTIGIOUS PLACE ON HOOD OF KENSETH’S NO. 6 FUSION THIS WEEKEND:

 

MOORESVILLE, NC, July 19, 2018 — The season-long quest to find Ford’s biggest NASCAR fan will continue with a new element this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Ford will recognize Constantine Sealing Service of Glastonbury, Connecticut, as the Official Small Business of the Ford Hall of Fans. The company will have its name splashed across the hood of the No. 6 Fusion and driver Matt Kenseth’s uniform for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

“The response from individuals who have shown creativity and enthusiasm for Ford Hall of Fans has been great, but there are a lot of small businesses who display their loyalty to Ford and NASCAR as well, and we wanted to recognize that,” said Jeannee Kirkaldy, motorsports marketing manager, Ford Performance.  “Constantine Sealing is a family-owned business that has supported racing on a local level while also being great ambassadors for Ford.”

Constantine Sealing Service was started in 1979 by then-18-year-old Bill Constantine Jr., and has grown steadily ever since. He and his three sons now head an operation that includes a variety of commercial and residential pavement maintenance services in Connecticut and surrounding states, including paving, asphalt repairs, line striping, and seal coating. The family owns approximately 20 Ford vehicles of all shapes and sizes for both personal and professional use.

“I’ve been following racing for 42 years,” said Constantine, a long-time sponsor of street stock and pro stock cars at Stafford Speedway in Connecticut. “When they told me we were going to be on the hood of Matt Kenseth’s car, I could not believe it. I figured it was going to be a little sticker on a quarter panel or something like that, but then when they sent me the picture of the car I was in a state of shock. I didn’t know what to say or what to do.”

Constantine counts Ford drivers Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kenseth among his current favorites, and recalls rooting for the likes of Cale Yarborough, Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin through the years.

“We used to go every year to the Daytona 500 from the early 1980s to the early 2000s,” said Constantine. “I didn’t miss a year. I’m a Ford man. When I was growing up, my dad always had Fords and bought them from Monaco Ford. I remember him telling me what good people they had working there, and ever since he said that our whole family has bought nothing but Fords.”

Ford Hall of Fans launched earlier this year in an effort to recognize the people who make the sport tick – the fans. People can nominate themselves by submitting a video or photo that showcases their passion for NASCAR.

Entries will be accepted through Aug. 19, 2018. A panel of judges will decide on 16 semifinalists. The public will be invited to cast a vote for their favorite, and six finalists will be selected to attend Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18, 2018. Two grand prize winners will emerge after a series of competitions. Each will receive a VIP trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a new Ford vehicle of their choice.

Nominate yourself for the Ford Hall of Fans at NASCAR.com/Ford.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance