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SIX FORD DRIVERS PREPARE FOR THE CLASH AT DAYTONA

Posted on: February 7th, 2018
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL, February 7, 2018 – The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season gets started this weekend with The Clash at Daytona International Speedway. This non-points event features pole-winners from the 2017 season, along with former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 pole-winners who competed full-time last year, and playoff qualifiers from a season ago. This event has been run in one form or another since 1979. Ford has won The Clash at Daytona eight times by six different drivers

WHO’S IN?

There are six Ford drivers who will compete in The Clash, including all three Team Penske drivers in Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.  Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick will be the Stewart-Haas Racing participants while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. carries the Roush Fenway Racing banner.

LOGANO GOING FOR TWO STRAIGHT

Joey Logano snapped a 13-year Ford winless drought when he won The Clash last year, making him the manufacturer’s first victor since Dale Jarrett in 2004. Logano found himself in the right place at the right time to take the win.  This was Logano’s first Clash win of  his career.  Four Ford drivers finished in the top six spots as Danica Patrick was fourth, Kevin Harvick fifth and Keselowski sixth.

ELLIOTT CLAIMS FORD’S FIRST CLASH VICTORY AT DAYTONA

Bill Elliott became the first Ford driver to win a non-points event in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Feb. 8, 1987 in what was then known as the Busch Clash.  The format that year was a single 20-lap run (50 miles) with no pit stop required.  Elliott, who started on the pole in his No. 9 Coors Thunderbird after a blind draw, fell back to sixth on the start after Terry Labonte and Ricky Rudd were involved in an accident on the first lap.  On the ensuing restart, Elliott steadily reeled in leader Darrell Waltrip and passed him on lap eight.  Elliott led the final 13 laps and won with an average speed of 197.802 mph, a record that still stands for the event.  A week later, Elliott won his second Daytona 500.

DJ HOLDS OFF JR FOR SHOOTOUT TRIUMPH

Dale Jarrett won his third Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 7, 2004 in his No. 88 UPS Taurus, which represents the last time Ford has won the event.  The race was broken up into two segments – an initial 20-lap run followed by a 50-lapper to the finish – and marked the beginning of Nextel as series sponsor.  Jarrett and Kevin Harvick were side-by-side at the white flag, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave Jarrett the push he needed to complete the pass on the outside going through turn one.  The race finished under green with Jarrett holding off Earnhardt Jr. for the win.

FORD’S CLASH AT DAYTONA WINNERS

1987 – Bill Elliott

1992 – Geoffrey Bodine

1996 – Dale Jarrett

1998 – Rusty Wallace

1999 – Mark Martin

2000 – Dale Jarrett

2004 – Dale Jarrett

2017 – Joey Logano

*Courtesy Ford Performance

NASCAR ANNOUNCES 2018 MENCS ALL-STAR RACE RULES & FORMAT PACKAGE

Posted on: April 12th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, April 12, 2018 NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway today announced the format and competition package for the Saturday, May 19th Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, both tailored to achieve one goal – the best possible race for the fans.

For the first time, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will implement the competition package used in last season’s successful NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which saw record numbers in leaders, lead changes and green flag passes for the lead.

Each car will be fitted with aero ducts, a six-inch-high spoiler with two 12-inch ears, a restrictor plate and the 2014 style splitter. Working in concert, these additions create a unique aerodynamic effect, the results of which received high praise from fans and competitors following last year’s Xfinity race at Indianapolis.

“NASCAR is committed to innovation and will always work to improve the racing product for every series and venue,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The yearly Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race is an opportunity to see your favorite drivers compete under a unique and exciting format and rules package.”

The format for the annual non-points event  roll out like this:

Weekend passes for the Monster Energy All-Star Race are now available at  www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com/tickets

ALL-STAR RACE WINNER KEVIN HARVICK!

Posted on: May 21st, 2018
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CONCORD, NC – May 21, 2018 – Kevin Harvick makes it three wins in three weeks, as he won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race in Charlotte, NC. This win marked Harvick’s sixth overall win of the season, while Stewart-Haas Racing celebrated their 50th NASCAR overall victory.

“These guys built a really, really fast Jimmy John’s Ford,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “I just have to say thank you to the aero department, the fab shop, all the guys in the engineering CFD side of things and a special thanks to the Roush Yates Engine department. They put a lot of effort, they love restrictor plate racing and we won!”

The revisions to the All-Star Race car package was the story of the night. For the first time ever in a featured All-Star Race the engines utilized a restrictor plate, similar to what is used on the superspeedways at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. In addition, a change to the car’s aerodynamics’ package was also made which all added up to tight, side-by-side racing all night.
“Congratulations to Kevin, Tony, Gene and the Stewart-Haas team on your 50th NASCAR win,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m really proud of our team at Roush Yates Engines, Stewart-Haas and Ford Performance for all the hard work and attention to detail in building these fast Fords. One of the great things about racing is it’s a team sport and the entire Ford Performance team is really working together and finding ways to make the team better.”
After a late caution restart, the field was re-stacked with two laps to go, Ford Performance teammate Joey Logano lined up behind Harvick on the outside lane to lead the cars to the green flag. Logano hooked up with Harvick’s back bumper to give him a strong push to clear the No. 19 Daniel Suarez for the lead. It ultimately came down to a drag race at the finish, as Harvick crossed the finish line a mere .325 seconds ahead of Suarez.
The never quit mentality of Harvick paired with the performance of the Ford FR9 engine, powered the No. 4 Ford Fusion to a race high 36 laps and Stage 1 and Stage 3 wins on his way to Victory Lane. This was Harvick’s second time winning the marquee race in Charlotte.

Logano finished third with another strong race for the No. 22 followed by the duo from Roush Fenway Racing Stenhouse Jr. in 11th and pole winner Kenseth in 14th.

This momentum will carry the Ford Performance teams into the next points race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 on May 27th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 330 WINS – 293 POLES!
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HARVICK WINS 6th RACE OF THE SEASON!

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018
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LOUDON, NH – July 23, 2018 – Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion won his sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season by winning the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“Congratulations to Kevin, Tony, Gene and everyone at Stewart-Haas,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was an incredible run by Kevin in those final laps, catching and passing Kyle. I’m so proud our team has the opportunity to provide the power for these Ford Fusions. Racing is our company’s passion and it doesn’t get much better than a win like today. I tell our employees, we get tested every weekend and this Sunday we passed the test.”
Five Ford Fusions finished in the top-10, three from the SHR organization and two from the Team Penske organization. Pole sitter, Kurt Busch lead 94 total laps and finished P8.
SHR teammate Aric Almirola had his best finish of the 2018 season finishing P3, after leading 42 laps.
In addition, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano finished P7 and P9 respectively.
The last 10 laps of the race turned into the epic battle of the Titians. The No. 4 Ford Fusion, powered by the Ford FR9 EFI engine, drove the most meticulous laps of the race. With the No. 18 Toyota in the lead, Harvick consistently narrowed the gap lap-by-lap, until lap 294. Harvick passed the No. 18 on the inside to take the lead and went onto lead the last 6 laps of race to take the checkered flag.
“Winning is important and you’ve got to try to take every opportunity you can,” commented Harvick in Victory Lane. “I felt like my car was better. He was in the lane that I needed to be in and as you get to the end, …., you’ve got to be aggressive and do what you’ve got to do sometimes to win these races. It’s one of those deals and we want to win. Points are everything and getting a “W” is what it’s all about.”

This marked Harvick’s 43rd career win and first time in his career to win six races in a season.

With just six races remaining in the regular season, seven Ford Performance drivers are positioned to be in the Playoffs. Currently Harvick leads the Playoff Standings’ leader board with 32 Playoff Points. Clint Bowyer is in P4 followed by Logano P5, Kurt Busch P8, Brad Keselowski P9, Blaney P11 and Almirola P13.

Team Penske also found success this weekend in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Brad Keselowski piloted the No. 22 Menards Ford Mustang to its fourth pole and marked the eighth overall Ford Performance NXS pole for the season.

The MENCS and NXS split the schedule this weekend. MENCS will be in Pocono and NXS head out to Iowa. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 337 WINS – 304 POLES!
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FORD SWEEPS FIRST ROVAL EVENT AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Posted on: October 1st, 2018
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CHARLOTTE, NC – October 1, 2018 – Ryan Blaney made history on Sunday, becoming the first ever winner of the inaugural running of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, road course race. The No. 12 Team Penske Ford Fusion won his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race in the Bank of America Roval 400 and clinched a spot in the NACAR Round of 12.
“Congratulations to Roger, Ryan, Team Penske, and Ford Performance for winning the first ever Roval race and advancing to the second round in the Playoffs,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “This has been an unbelievable weekend for our team, with Kurt (Busch) and Austin (Cindric) winning the pole events and Chase (Briscoe) winning his first career NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday. Congratulations to the all the guys and the teams. Outstanding job!”
In a wild unpredictable race to the finish, Team Penske driver Blaney looked like he would finish third, but a late race incident on the front chicane opened the door for the No. 12 Ford Mustang to take the black and white checkered flag to win his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the year and first Playoff race. Blaney was followed by Ford Performance teammates Clint Bowyer in third and Kurt Busch in fifth.
“We put ourselves in a spot to be there,” commented Blaney in Victory Lane. “We did a great job all day of winning a stage and putting us in a good spot for points. Things just kind of kept building and building where all of a sudden, it’s like, ‘OK, we’re lining up.’ We had to pit early to stay with the 88 and we were kind of 15th or something and it was like, ‘OK, we lined up 15th. OK, we’re sixth. And now we’re third and we’ve got a shot to win this race.’  It just worked out for us.”
Five different Ford drivers led a race total of 56 laps out of the 109-lap race, starting with pole winner, Busch leading the first seven laps of the race. Brad Keselowski led a Ford high 29 laps, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard both led a pair.
In addition, all seven Ford drivers advance to the Round of 12 in the NASCAR Playoffs. Ford drivers are led by Kevin Harvick in P2, Keselowski P4, Bowyer P5, Joey Logano P6, Busch P7, Blaney P8 and Aric Almirola advances in P11.
Ford Development Driver, Chase Briscoe became the first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver to win the inaugural Xfinity race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval course. Briscoe recorded his first NXS career win and the second for the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang on Saturday afternoon.
“I don’t feel like I drove a perfect race, but these guys gave me a perfect race car,” Briscoe commented. “That’s what it’s all about. Ford has given me so many opportunities and put me in good race cars and obviously Stewart-Haas is one of the best.”
After qualifying ninth and moving up through the field, an epic battle unfolded in the final stage of the Drive for the Cure 200, when a caution came out for the fifth and final time of the race. Briscoe restarted on the inside of the front row with 11 laps to go. The No. 98 got a great restart and took the lead from Daniel Hemric and led the final 11 laps of the race (24 laps in total).

This marks the third time this season that Ford has swept an NXS & MENCS race weekend, following Phoenix and Darlington.

Fellow, Ford Driver Development teammate, Austin Cindric started from the pole and led 13 out of the 55-lap race to finish third. In all, Ford Performance had four drivers finish in the top-10 positions as Cole Custer finished seventh and Kaz Grala eighth. Ryan Reed just missed out as he finished eleventh.
Three Ford Performance teammates have their sights set on advancing to the Round of 8 after Dover. Current driver leaderboard standings; Custer P4, Cindric P9, and Reed in P11.

NASCAR heads to Dover this weekend in pursuit of playoff positions.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 349 WINS – 313 POLES!
*Images courtesy of NASCAR Media and Ford Performance

VIDEO | 2018 MENCS ENGINE RULE CHANGES

Posted on: February 10th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, February 9, 2018 –

In 2017, NASCAR announced new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series engine rules which would be implemented starting with the 2018 Daytona Clash.  This video reviews the new 2018 MENCS engine rules. Catch all the action of the Daytona Clash on February 11th at 3:00 PM ET on FS1.

FORD GTs ARE READY FOR LONG BEACH STREET CIRCUIT RACE

Posted on: April 13th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, April 13, 2018 When it comes to street racing there’s no place better than Long Beach, California. The narrow city streets, tight curves and close door to door racing offers a radically different race than any other on the IMSA road race schedule.

“Anything can happen at Long Beach,” Ryan Briscoe, co-driver of the No. 67 said. “Strategy is just as important as running clean. That’s something we can count on. Our crew chief has always thought out all of our options, so it’s up to us to race smart and bring it home in one piece.”

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) teams will strap into the Ford GTs for the third IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship race of the season on Saturday. Looking for the teams second podium finish at Long Beach in two years, co-drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Müller will pilot the No. 66, while FCGR teammates and points leaders Briscoe and Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT will line up for practice and qualifying on Friday.

Don’t miss a minute of the action, because no one can predict what will happen in this no holds bar 100-minute sprint race in downtown Long Beach.

 

JACK ROUSH TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE 2019 NASCAR HALL OF FAME CLASS

Posted on: May 24th, 2018
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CONCORD, NC – May 24, 2018 – Jack Roush has been fielding NASCAR entries for the past 31 years, and during that time his teams have amassed a NASCAR record 325 victories, while covering over 1.78 million miles in NASCAR action and bringing home eight championships. Roush’s lifetime of achievement was rewarded Wednesday evening, when he was named a member of the 2019 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

In 1988 Roush ventured into the unknown territory of NASCAR racing, starting a single car team out of Liberty, N.C. His No. 6 Ford Thunderbird lasted only 19 laps in its Daytona 500 debut that year. Thirty years later, Roush stands amongst the greatest in the sport’s celebrated history. Roush has fielded over 5,908 entries in NASCAR competition, while leading over 67,421 laps.

Known as a leader in the garage for finding and developing talent, Roush has seen 19 different drivers win in NASCAR competition in his race cars – including nine in the Cup Series and six different drivers bring home NASCAR season championships. In addition, six different drivers have won 14 or more races in Roush’s Fords at the Cup level, with three of those drivers posting over 20 victories at NASCAR’s highest level. In total, 52 different drivers have piloted Roush’s Fords across NASCAR’s three major series.

Roush’s multi-car efficiency of scale model became one of the most successful in NASCAR history, with his organization placing an unprecedented five teams in the 2005 10-team ‘Chase’, after coming off back-to-back Cup Championships in 2003 and 2004. Roush has also been recognized as one of the premier leaders in the garage in driver development, with Roush Fenway having led drivers to 13 NASCAR Rookie of the Year Awards.

An engineer at heart, Roush has always employed a solutions-based approach, be it in competition, business or safety initiatives. He has been involved in numerous safety innovations, including the roof flaps designed to disrupt airflow and prevent cars from going airborne that now are standard equipment for all NASCAR racers.

Roush becomes the second person with Roush Fenway Racing ties to be inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame. Mark Martin – the first driver to drive for Roush in NASCAR – was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.  Martin piloted Roush Fenway’s flagship No. 6 Ford from 1988 until 2006. During that time, he and Roush earned 35 Cup victories. At the end of his tenure at Roush Fenway, Martin held a record five prestigious IROC (International Race of Champions) Championships and a then-record 47 NASCAR XFINITY Series wins. For his career, Martin posted 96 career NASCAR victories, with the majority coming in Roush-owned equipment.

* Courtesy of Roush Fenway Racing

FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING WINS THIRD STRAIGHT RACE WITH FORD GT!

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018
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LIME ROCK, CT – July 23, 2018 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing won their third straight IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (WTSC) race of the season. It was the No. 66, piloted by Joey Hand (and Dirk Müller) that took the checkered flag in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park race on Saturday.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Chip and the teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m so proud of the team, winning their fourth race of the season. It’s a great confidence builder for us, as we head to Road America, a track well suited for the Ford GT and EcoBoost engine. We need to keep our heads down and continue to stay focused on doing even the small things well and keep digging.”

The win streak continued for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) teams, scoring their fourth win of the season. Both teams have two wins now. The season started with the No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while it was the No. 66 teammates taking the top podium spot at Watkins Glen. Then the No. 67 team won their second race of the season at the Canadian Tire Motorsports in Canada and now it’s the No. 66 taking the podium once again at Lime Rock.

FCGR knew it was going to be a battle on the 1.5-mile track. The No. 66 started the race in P3, while the No. 67 started in the fifth position. The No. 66 ran in P3 for the majority of the day, but both teams kept digging and adjusting to race conditions to optimize the Ford GTs’ performance over the course of the two-hour and 40-minute race.

It came down to the last 15 minutes of the race before the No. 66 of Hand was able to reel in and pass the No. 3 Corvette for the lead. Hand went onto lead the last 16 laps of the race.
“The depth of talent at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing showed itself again today, but also in the last three races,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “It was a big win, a great win for the team. They are finding different ways to win. We couldn’t be prouder of the effort from everyone today.”

Marking the mid-way point in the season, championship points are at a premium as the GTLM class point spread tightens up with only two points separating first, two and third.

No. 66 FCGR team regained the lead in the Driver and Team Points Standings, in addition, Ford built on its’ lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings, now leading by 11 points.

Ford also continues to lead in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, GS Manufacturer Points Standings by 12 points over second place.
The Ford teams are headed to the heart of the mid-west, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, to defend their 2018 wins in GTLM and GS at Road America. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 338 WINS – 304 POLES!
*Images courtesy of Ford Performance

ROUSH YATES ENGINES CELEBRATES ITS 350th ALL-TIME RACE WIN!

Posted on: October 15th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC – October 15, 2018 – Aric Almirola’s win at the Talladega SuperSpeedway on Sunday, marked Roush Yates Engines’ 350th all-time race win, since its formation in 2004.

Here’s a look back at a few Victory Lane memories.

Roush Yates Engines’ first NASCAR win as Ford Performance’s exclusive engine builder, Matt Kenseth with Roush Fenway Racing on February, 22, 2004 in the Subway 400 in Rockingham, NC.

January 29, 2012, Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series podium sweep of the Rolex 24 at Daytona (DP Class). No. 60 P1 (John Pew/Oswaldo Negri Jr./AJ Allmendinger/Justin Wilson), No. 8 P2 (Enzo Potolicchio/Ryan Dalziel/Alex Popow/Lucas Luhr/Allan McNishand), and No. 6 P3 (Michael McDowell/Felipe Nasr/Jorge Goncalvez/Gustavo Yacaman).

First win with Ford Performance and the Ford FR9 EFI engine, Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing, February 27, 2012, Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Front Row Motorsports and David Ragan’s first win together, May, 5th, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama in the Aarron’s 399.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. first career Cup Series win with Roush Fenway Racing on May, 7th, 2017 in the Geico 500, Talladega, Alabama.

Pocono 400, Ryan Blaney’s first Cup Series win and 99th Wood Brother’s Racing win in Pocono, Pennsylvania, June 11, 2017.

24 Hours of Le Mans 1-2 Ford GT podium finish. The No. 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, Sébastien Bourdais drove the Ford GT supercar to the victory circle fifty years after Ford’s legendary 1966 victory on June 19th, 2016. Teammates Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon joined them on the podium.

Multimatic Motorsports team of Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell, in the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C clinched the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Driver, Team and Manufacturers Championships by winning at Road Atlanta in October 2016.

Chase Briscoe, in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford truck, won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on November 17, 2017 at the Miami-Homestead Speedway.

The No. 00, Cole Custer from Stewart-Haas Racing won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race on November 18, 2017 at the Miami-Homestead Speedway.

Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing won their sixth race of the 2018 season at Kansas Speedway on May 12th in the KS Masterpiece in Kansas City.

Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance won their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 together at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Brad Keselowski and Team Penske on September 10th, 2018.

On September 16th, 2018, Roush Yates Engines celebrated with Team Penske and the entire Penske organization as Brad Keselowski won Roger Penske’s 500th race win in Las Vegas, NV winning the South Point 400.

*Images courtesy NASCAR Media and Ford Performance.