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MAHLE AND ROUSH YATES ENGINES EXTEND LONG STANDING PARTNERSHIP

Posted on: January 23rd, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, January 23, 2018 – Roush Yates Engines announced today that it has reached an extension agreement with longtime partner MAHLE. These two powerhouses continue to build upon their strong 14-year relationship.

“MAHLE has been with us since the beginning,” said Doug Yates, President & CEO, Roush Yates Engines. “We have collaborated on numerous projects over the past 14 years, developing the best products and results in the industry. MAHLE always strives to be the best in the industry making them a very valuable partner to Roush Yates Engines.”

The strong alliance between Roush Yates Engines and MAHLE was formed in 2004. They have been a vital contributor to the design and development of all Roush Yates Engines’ products. With the help of companies like MAHLE our engine packages are developed to maximize horsepower and efficiency with exceptionally reliable under the harshest of conditions.

Today, MAHLE products are an integral part of the Ford FR9 V8 NASCAR race engine, twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 road race engine, as well as the Roush Yates Engines RY45 V8 purpose built engine. MAHLE parts were essential in powering key Roush Yates Engines’ wins last year in NASCAR and Road Racing, including the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais.

“MAHLE’s focus on quality is evident in all their products we receive,” noted Brett Manwill, Reliability Manager, Roush Yates Engines. “MAHLE has leveraged their experience making millions of parts each year to develop processes and procedures to ensure that every product that we receive is exactly what we expect. This quality is critical to ensure that each engine we build performs as intended and provides our race teams the power, performance, and reliability on race day. MAHLE products are the total package. They deliver ultimate performance, consistent quality and dependability.”

“The relationship we continue to maintain with everyone at Roush Yates Engines is very special to us, and remains one of the longest running partnerships we have in the sport,” commented Jon Douglas, President of MAHLE Aftermarket Inc.  Although these two companies officially only go back to 2004, the relationship dates much further back to the days when Robert was tearing up tracks as an engine builder and owner on his way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We are both committed to quality, technology, and innovation; and we look toward many years of success together.”

About MAHLE  
MAHLE, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry. With its products for combustion engines and their peripherals as well as solutions for electric vehicles, the group addresses all the crucial issues related to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—from engine systems and components to filtration to thermal management.

For our customers, quality means failure-free assembly, satisfied end customers, no product recalls—and thus a strong brand. For MAHLE, quality is a significant factor in our global success. Quality management is fully integrated into all business processes. We have developed an in-house Group standard for quality planning and controlling. Learn more about MAHLE at http://www.us.mahle.com/.

OFF TO THE RACES with Sage X3

Posted on: March 16th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC  March 16, 2018 – In the auto racing world, everything moves a little faster. The cars move fast. Engines need to be built and rebuilt every week. And any delays – whether days, hours, or even minutes – can cost precious seconds at the track. Read the full story.

 

How Roush Yates Engines Keeps the Focus on Winning with Sage X3

Off To The Races

 

 

FORD AND “THE MONSTER MILE”

Posted on: May 4th, 2018
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DOVER, DE, May 4, 2018 – Ford’s fast start continued last weekend as Joey Logano won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, giving the Blue Oval a series-best five victories in 2018. This week’s stop is Dover International Speedway. Here’s a look at how Ford has fared at the Monster Mile though the years.

FORD IN THE MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Ford has 25 all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins at Dover.
  • The last win for Ford at Dover was by Matt Kenseth in 2011 (13 races ago).
  • Kurt Busch (2011), Brad Keselowski (2012) and Kevin Harvick (2015) all have one series victory at Dover, but not under the Blue Oval.
  • Richard Petty won the inaugural race at Dover while driving a Ford in 1969.

FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Ford has 11 NASCAR XFINITY Series wins at Dover.
  • The only season sweep for Ford came in 2011 when Carl Edwards won both events.
  • Mark Martin won Ford’s first series event at Dover in 1987.
  • Joey Logano won a series-record four straight Dover races from 2012-13.

CHASING ROUSH FENWAY

The last time Roush Fenway Racing finished 1-2-3 in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was on Sept. 21, 2008 at Dover International Speedway when Greg Biffle edged Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards to the checkered flag. The three Jack Roush Fusions battled each other over the closing laps with Biffle making the decisive pass on the outside of leader Kenseth coming off turn four with only nine circuits remaining. The victory was Biffle’s second straight to open the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after winning the opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the previous week.

WHEN JUNIE LOVED MAY

Dover proved to be magical for the late Junie Donlavey, who won the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of his career at Dover on May 17, 1981 in the Mason-Dixon 500 when driver Jody Ridley took the checkered flag.  Ridley had a good car that day, but it was even more reliable and that proved the difference. Neil Bonnett was the dominant driver as he led 404 of the first 459 laps, but he blew an engine that ended his day. Cale Yarborough appeared to be the main beneficiary as he inherited the lead, but the same fate befell him 20 laps from the finish and sent him to the garage. That left Ridley to assume the top spot and he held on from there to register his first and only Cup win. It also ended up being Donlavey’s only trip to victory lane. The Richmond native made 863 starts and fielded strictly Ford products from 1965-2002 in NASCAR’s top series that featured names like LeeRoy Yarbrough, Fred Lorenzen, Harry Gant, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Dick Trickle.

FROM 500 TO 400

In 1997 Ford swept both Dover events, but it’s remembered for historical reasons because when Ricky Rudd won the spring event on June 1, 1997 it marked the speedway’s final 500-mile event. Rudd took advantage of being in the right place at the right time after leader Ernie Irvan was involved in an accident with 29 laps remaining. Rudd took over the lead and held off Mark Martin over the final few laps to lead a Ford sweep of the top four spots. Martin bounced back a few months later by winning the fall event, which marked the inaugural 400-mile race at the track. That started a streak that saw him win three straight fall events at the Monster Mile.

FORD MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES DOVER WINNERS

1969 – Richard Petty

1978 – Bobby Allison (2)

1980 – Bobby Allison (1)

1981 – Jody Ridley and Neil Bonnett

1985 – Bill Elliott

1986 – Ricky Rudd (2)

1987 – Davey Allison and Ricky Rudd

1988 – Bill Elliott (Sweep)

1990 – Bill Elliott (2)

1994 – Rusty Wallace (Sweep)

1997 – Ricky Rudd and Mark Martin

1998 – Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin

1999 – Mark Martin (2)

2004 – Mark Martin (1)

2005 – Greg Biffle (1)

2006 – Matt Kenseth (1)

2007 – Carl Edwards (2)

2008 – Greg Biffle (2)

2011 – Matt Kenseth (1)

*Courtesy of Ford Performance & NASCAR Media

MOMENTUM!

Posted on: July 5th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC – July 5, 2018 – The 2018 race season has been loaded with Roush Yates Engines’ horsepower. With more than half the season in the rear-view mirror and the chase for multiple championships ahead; 21 wins and 19 poles have been recorded, while 4,772 laps have been led by 33 different drivers, representing 16 different Ford Performance teams. This dynamic partnership between Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines has been firing on all cylinders.
The Ford GTs, powered by the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engines, kicked off the 2018 season in January at the IMSA season-opener, Rolex 24 At Daytona. It was a case of deja vu for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with a first-place finish for the second consecutive year in the 24-hour endurance race.
Ford GT Goes Back-to-Back at Rolex 24 | Ford Performance
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No. 67 Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and IndyCar driver Scott Dixon recorded Ford’s first win of the season and marked Chip Ganassi’s 200th win. In addition, the No. 66 sister-car with drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais (2017 Rolex winners) came in second, making it a 1-2 Ford finish.

NASCAR shifted into high gear in February, during Daytona Speedweeks and so did the 22 Ford Performance teams.

Brad Keselowski, Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford Fusion, came out to win the first non-points race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season, the Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

In their second year with Ford Performance, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has been dialed in, winning 8 out of the first 19 MENCS races of the season.

It was a 1-2-3 finish for Ford Performance at Atlanta Raceway. Powered by the Ford FR9 EFI race engine, the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick captured SHR’s 40th all-time MENCS win with his Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion, along with Ford teammates, Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top three spots in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

In addition, Harvick swept the weekend, by taking the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste Ford Mustang to its first Victory Lane at Atlanta in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).
The West Coast swing saw a lot of action, tallying up four NASCAR wins and the first MENCS pole of the season.

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick drove the No. 4 into Victory Lane for the second week in a row, winning his 100th career NASCAR race.

Ryan Blaney, Team Penske’s new full-time driver of the No.12, also found success in the dessert, winning Ford’s first MENCS pole of the season in Las Vegas.
It was two wins for Ford Performance at the second stop on the West Coast, Arizona. Harvick reached another career milestone at ISM Raceway, winning his 40th career MENCS race and recording his third win in a row for SHR and Ford Performance.
Brad Keselowski also went to Victory Lane in Arizona, winning Team Penske’s first NXS race of the season in the DC Solar 200.
Joey Logano collected the second checkered flag, in as many weeks, for the No. 22 NXS team owner Roger Penske. Logano won Penske’s first Xfinity series race at Fontana and recorded his 29th career Xfinity win by leading 139 of the 150-lap race.
KohR Motorsports won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series (CTSC) race for the second consecutive year in Sebring, Florida. Drivers Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli picked up their first win as co-drivers in the No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4.
To wrap up the month of March, Clint Bowyer won his first race at Martinsville Speedway, leading a race high 215 laps in the MENCS STP 500. Bowyer recorded his first win under SHR and secured a spot in the run for the championship.
The No. 41 SHR driver Kurt Busch, leveraged the horsepower of the Ford FR9 engine to collect his 20thcareer pole at Texas Motor Speedway.
Texas also saw Team Penske’s No. 22 post its’ third win of the season in three straight races with its’ third different driver. Driver Ryan Blaney swept the NXS event by collecting both the pole and the race win.
California native, Joey Hand captured the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship pole in Long Beach, California, the location of the only street race on the IMSA schedule. The No. 66 FCGR team captured the pole with co-drivers Hand and Dirk Müller.
The double zero of Cole Custer (No. 00) from SHR captured consecutive Xfinity poles in Bristol, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia.
At Talladega Superspeedway it was the Ford Fusions that took the pole and checkered flag.

SHR drivers swept the front row of qualifying, with No. 4 Harvick securing the pole, covering the 2.66-mile track in 49.247 seconds (194.448 mph) and teammate No. 41 Busch earning P2.

Joey Logano, the No. 22 driver for Team Penske, came away from Talladega with the win and became the third Ford Performance driver to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Logano recorded Ford’s ninth plate race win out of the last 11 races. No manufacturer has dominated the restrictor-plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega more than Ford Performance, which has won 17 of the last 30 MENCS events at these two tracks.
In May, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK team started the FIA World Endurance Championship Series (WEC) season out strong by qualifying on the pole and capturing the win in the season opener in the Six Hours of Spa. Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Tony Kanaan took the pole in the No. 67.
No.66, FCGR sister-car, took home the checkered flag with Stefan Mücke and fellow drivers Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson.
Ford Performance | Ford GT wins WEC Season Opener at Spa
At Mid-Ohio, we saw the IMSA CTSC series, No.8 Ford Mustang GT4 team of Chad McCumbee and Patrick Gallagher start on the pole.
While, the No. 60 KohR Motorsports/Roush Performance Ford Mustang earned its second CTSC win of the season with drivers Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy taking the checkered flag in the Mid-Ohio 120.
The month of May started off red hot in NASCAR as well. Harvick didn’t waste any time kicking off the month in Dover, Delaware, where he drove to Victory Lane for the fourth time this season.
Harvick went on to record two more wins, in as many weeks. The first at Kansas Speedway where he also won the pole.
Ford Performance | Beginning of the 2018 NASCAR Season
He then came home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the home of NASCAR, where he won $1,000,000 in the NASCAR All-Star race.
Matt Kenseth returned to racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where his career started at Roush Fenway Racing, to record the 359th all-time career NASCAR pole for Jack Roush.
In addition, Brad Keselowski and Ford teammate Cole Custer made it a 1-2 start and finish for Ford Performance in the Charlotte Xfinity race, marking the fourth NXS win for Team Penske for the year.
Blaney recorded his second MENCS pole of the season in Pocono.
Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines horsepower dominated Michigan with seven Ford Fusions finishing in the top-8. Clint Bowyer alongside SHR teammates made it a 1-2-3 finish. The No. 14 of Bowyer, with Kevin Harvick and pole winner Kurt Busch, made history with the first 1-2-3 finish for SHR. Ford teams led a race total of 121 laps out of the 133 lap race.
Recording a blistering 23.971 lap time, Austin Cindric scored his first NXS pole in the No.22 Team Penske Ford Mustang at Iowa Speedway,
On track in Watkins Glen, New York, the Ford Mustang GT4 took the pole with No. 80 AWA team of Brett Sandberg and Martin Barkey.
After starting in the front row in P2, the No.8 Multimatic Motorsports Mustang brought home the checkered flag at Watkins Glen International in the Continental Tire 240 with teammates Chad McCumbee and Patrick Gallagher.
It was the No. 67 FCGR team, driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe, that secured the GTLM pole at The Glen and recorded a milestone 300th over-all pole for Roush Yates Engines.
The No. 66 Ford GT with Dirk Müller and Joey Hand recorded the second IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship win of the season for FCGR at Watkins Glen International, putting Ford on top of the Manufacturers’ points leader board.
Paul Menard in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion won his first pole of the season and first with the Wood Brothers by narrowly beating Ford teammate Ryan Blaney, making it an all Ford front row in Chicago.
This MOMENTUM will propel us into the second half of the year and keep us focused on the mission this weekend in Daytona Beach for NASCAR and in Ontario, Canada for the IMSA road race series.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 334 WINS – 301 POLES!
Special Tribute: 
NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee – Jack Roush
Jack Roush was recognized in May for his many accomplishments, legendary career and contributions to the sport of NASCAR, by being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the five-member Class of 2019.
For almost 50 years Roush has been committed to winning on and off the track. As a direct result of Roush’s hard work, drive and dedication he turned his love of building engines and racing into 43 championships, more than 500 race wins in drag racing, sports car and stock car racing, 1,000 top-5 and over 2,000 top-10 finishes, while leading over 57,000 laps and turning well over a million miles.
Roush has made an indelible mark on NASCAR by achieving 325 NASCAR wins and eight NASCAR championships, while being a partner in Roush Yates Engines with NASCAR Hall of Famer Robert Yates and mentoring countless drivers and team members like NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

It is our honor and privilege to say, “Congratulations and Thank you Jack!”

* Pictures and videos courtesy of Ford Performance and NASCAR Media

FORD PERFORMANCE & KESELOWSKI WIN THE BRICKYARD 400!

Posted on: September 11th, 2018
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – September 11, 2018 –Brad Keselowski won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400, Monday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keselowski made it an Indianapolis sweep for Roger Penske, winning the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the year with Will Power. This marked the first MENCS Brickyard win for Ford Performance since 1999 with Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates Racing.

“Never give up,” was what Keselowski told his team.

“Congratulations to Brad, Roger, Team Penske and Ford Performance for winning the Brickyard 400,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We are so proud to be part of Roger’s first MENCS Brickyard win, to go along with his 17 Indianapolis 500 wins. This is the sole track Roush Yates, as a company, had not won at since we began building engines as a company in 2004. It’s amazing to have achieved this win with such a great group of people and dedicated team. To be in Victory Lane at Indianapolis and to kiss the Brickyard bricks is an incredible feeling!”
The rain delayed Brickyard 400 started in Indianapolis Monday afternoon with the Ford Performance teams of Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Fenway Racing leading the way with Clint Bowyer winning Stage 1 and Matt Kenseth winning Stage 2 of the 400 mile race.
It looked as though a win may elude Ford Performance again, but with a late race caution the field lined up for a final restart. Keselowski, positioned on the inside of the second row, with his 15 lap newer tires and a great re-start he began to reel in the leader. The No. 2 reached the rear bumper of the No.11 Denny Hamlin and dove to the inside to pull beside him with two laps to go. It became a drag race, but Keselowski took the white flag to lead the final lap of the race and win the 499th checkered flag for Team Penske.
“I gotta give credit where credit is due,” said Keselowski in Victory Lane. “My crew chief, Paul Wolfe, made a heck of a call to pit there late in that run and the yellow came out and we had new tires and started eighth and it was kind of like it gave me the ball. You know how that goes. I had to make a play. I knew it was going to be tough. We weren’t a dominant car by any means but Paul and everyone executed an incredible race. I just had to do my job and here I am in victory lane at the Brickyard. Man, I wish RP (Roger Penske) was here. I know he is watching at home. What a day!”

Five Ford Fusions finished in the Top-10; Keselowski (P1), Kevin Harvick (P4), Bowyer (P5), Kurt Busch (P6) and Paul Menard finished (P9).

Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines end the regular MENCS season with 13 wins out of 26-point races.

The 2018 Playoff field is now set. Seven Ford Performance drivers are locked in. Harvick leads the Ford field with 50 Playoff points. His teammates from Stewart-Haas Racing follow with, Bowyer (P5), Busch (P7) and Aric Almirola (P14). In addition, Team Penske teammates secured positions; Indy winner, Keselowski (P4), Joey Logano (P6) and Ryan Blaney (P9).

NASCAR heads Las Vegas to kickoff the MENCS 2018 Playoffs this weekend while the Xfinity Series playoff field will be set.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 346 WINS – 309 POLES!
*Photography courtesy NASCAR Media

LOGANO | FORD NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES!

Posted on: November 19th, 2018
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HOMESTEAD-MIAMI, FL – November 19, 2018 – Joey Logano newly crowned Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion!

Logano won the Ford EcoBoost 400 in Homestead-Miami and his first Cup Championship of his 10-year career. In addition, Team Penske secured the Owner’s Championship and Ford Motor Company claimed the Manufacturers’ Championship title. The drivers’ championship is Ford’s ninth overall and sixth in the modern era (1972-present).

“It means a lot to me personally to have both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship,” said Edsel B. Ford II. “It has been since 1999 and I was there with Robert Yates and Dale Jarrett. Doing it again, 19 years later, it is absolutely indescribable to me.”
“This is incredible,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It is so hard to win these championships. I am so proud of everyone at Team Penske, Joey Logano, Todd Gordon, Ford Performance, Edsel Ford and Joe Hinrichs are here. We put so much effort into this thing and to see it all come together is a super proud moment. That was an intense race and I am glad we got it done.”

The No. 22 Ford Fusion started the race from the fifth position and battled hard to take the lead for the first time on lap 91. But it all came down to a clean pit stop and restart after a late race caution.

The No. 22 pit crew put Logano in position to win, as the No. 22 lined up, side-by-side Martin Truex Jr. for what would be the final restart of the race. With a power move by Logano, he took the lead from Truex. He was able to pull away from the field and take the checkered flag 1.725 seconds in front of Truex.

“We did it,” shouted Logano in post-race interview. “We won the championship! I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say. This team, Roger Penske, Todd Gordon, the pit crew. Oh my God. They gave me the car I needed at the end to do my job. Put me in position to do my job. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The Ford Fusions led a total of 138 laps out of the 267-lap race, with Logano leading 80 and Ford teammate and Playoff Final Four driver, Kevin Harvick leading 58 laps.
“This means so much for Ford Motor Company and all of our employees that work so hard,” commented Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance. “I just can’t believe this right now. We have worked so hard for the last three years to build up the program and to have this 2018 season and have 19 wins, the manufacturers’ championship and the drivers’ championship. It is incredible to have the company achieve this with the help of our partners, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines. It is incredible.”

A total of seven Ford’s finished in the top-10. Following Logano was the No. 4, Harvick, Stage 1 winner and third place finisher of the night. Harvick won a driver high eight wins this season. Brad Keselowski finished fifth, Matt Kenseth from Roush Fenway Racing sixth, and SHR teammates Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch finished eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

The MENCS season concludes with 21 overall wins by seven different drivers, 15 poles and three Championships.

In addition, Cole Custer (Homestead-Miami pole winner) and Stewart-Haas Racing won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Owner’s Championship on Saturday night.
23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 354 WINS – 319 POLES!
*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media

FORD GT4 DRIVERS ARE READY FOR DAYTONA

Posted on: January 24th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, January 24, 2018 – After getting valuable seat time in their Ford Mustang GT4s for the first time at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 earlier this month, Ford Performance’s young NASCAR cross-over drivers, Chase Briscoe, Cole Custer, Ty Majeski and Austin Cindric will see what they can do together in the four-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 26, 2018.

It was recently announced that Briscoe, a Ford Performance Development driver, Cindric and Majeski will share the full-time No. 60 Roush Fenway-prepared Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY series in 2018, in collaboration with Team Penske and Ford Performance. Ford is in the midst of a youth movement and is giving drivers vital experience in different cars and tracks to build their skill overall. Included in this for three of the four was time in the Ford Performance simulator near Charlotte, N.C.

Both the No. 22 of Cindric and Briscoe and No. 15 of sportscar veteran Scott Maxwell, Custer and Majeski ran strong at the Roar as Cindric, who will also race in a prototype during the weekend, and Maxwell dished out advice on eeking every tenth out of a corner, doing successful driver changes, as well as explaining the difference in lingo between NASCAR (“garage”) and IMSA (“paddock”).

CHASE BRISCOE – “It’s been huge just being a Ford development driver, all the way from the NASCAR stuff and now the road course stuff, even production car development. The stuff I’m able to do is pretty remarkable. To get a shot to do sports car racing…growing up being a sprint car driver, I never thought in a million years I’d get to do this. It’s awesome. I’m really enjoying it so far. The biggest difference is (the course layout), but the car just drives so much different. There’s a couple similarities but not a ton, so as a driver it’s really neat to get the chance to be a little more versatile. The chance to compete over here is going to be huge, I think, down the line on my career path. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is how much one mistake can cost a whole entire lap. On the road course stuff, you have to be so technical and really precise. One screw-up can affect so many other things. If you screw up one corner that leads onto a long straightaway, that costs you two or three seconds. That’s been the biggest thing. You just have to minimize mistakes. On the NASCAR side, if you make a mistake, it costs a tenth or two. Here it costs so much more.”

AUSTIN CINDRIC – “If there was a set list of what I could tell these guys to do to be successful, I would’ve given it to them (laughs). These guys all come from varied backgrounds. We all meet together in stock car racing, but for me, it’s kind of enlightening, because I get to see sportscar racing from a different perspective. It’s like meeting someone from a different culture and seeing how they understand life. It relates to racing in how things are described differently; how things are looked at. It keeps me open-minded towards what I do and makes me think about things. I’ve learned just from listening to questions, so that’s been a fun thing to experience. I’ve done some driver coaching in the past in similar race series, more to network than anything else, and this is kind of my first role within a team where I’ve had the most experience or back to experience something I’ve done before. I think we all see the potential for both cars to run well and be on the podium. Mustangs have always run well at Daytona, but I think this lineup is going to be really strong because every single driver in these cars are race car drivers. I think all of us are going to be able to put it to the big programs. Multimatic and Ford did an amazing job with this car, and I don’t mean to be dramatic at all. It does everything a driver would want it to do. You can put it where you want to put it and you can drive it how you want to drive it. I was up to speed within three laps. I was happy; I felt comfortable. I’m excited to be in the car because there’s a smile on your face every time you go around. That’s a credit to the guys who developed it.”

COLE CUSTER – “It’s been interesting. It’s been a learning experience, but it’s been fun. I definitely got a lot of help from Scott Maxwell and Austin. It’s been made easy on us. Multimatic brought great cars to the race track. I’ve done road course racing on the NASCAR side, but this is definitely a different world. It’s hard to get used to. It’s hard to get used to the driver changes, because we’ve never done anything like that before. Just getting to know everyone is really awesome.”

TY MAJESKI – “The Mustang GT4 is fun to drive, it’s just a lot different from what I’m used to, not only from getting acclimated to road racing in general, but getting used to a race car with ABS brakes and traction control. Stuff I have no experience with. It’s been fun to lean on Scott Maxwell, my teammate. He’s obviously had a lot of experience doing this and he’s been a lot of help to all us drivers. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can. I’ve raced with Chase and Cole a little bit, but not much, only a few races. The Roar gave us the chance to bond a little bit, get to know each other, since we’ll probably be teammates in the Ford camp for years to come. Driver changes are something we’ll have to get used to. It gives you another set of eyes on the car and another opinion on the car and what we can do to be faster, another guy to compare data off of. All-in-all it’ll help all of us. Of course, there’s always internal competitions. We always want to be the faster driver, but having co-drivers will push us a little harder to be better as well.”

SCOTT MAXWELL – “The first day at Roar was more of an exposure day for them, just giving them time to figure things out and gathering as much data on what they’re doing. Then we applied it on day two. Chase would be the best example, because he had the most track time early on, other than Austin, who already has quite a bit of sports car racing experience and is racing in a prototype at Daytona as well. Chase totally changed his style overnight and found two seconds and is now right on pace. We’ll do the same with the others, work on the areas we’ve pinpointed, and they’ll be fine. There’s so much natural talent there and speed’s never an issue, it’s just getting it out of them and showing them how to use it in a road racing style.

In partnership with Ford Performance, Roush Yates Engines will provide the power under the hoods of the Ford Mustang GT4s with the Mustang 5.2L V8 engine.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

 

LOGANO & TEAM PENSKE WIN AT FONTANA

Posted on: March 19th, 2018
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FONTANA, CA, March 19, 2018 – Joey Logano raced to the front of the field, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300, leading 139 of the 150 lap race. Powered by the Ford FR9 Carb V8 engine, Logano drove the Ford Mustang across the finish line to record his 29th career NXS win and Roger Penske’s first win in the Xfinity series at Fontana.
“Congratulations to Joey and Roger,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The team was well prepared and the car was fast from the first practice. Joey showcased the talent of Team Penske and drove up 15 positions within two laps to put himself in position to win.”
“It’s one of those races where you feel relieved when you win. It wasn’t a cheerful one—you’re supposed to win when you have a car that fast,” Logano commented in Victory Lane. “I’ve got to just thank Discount Tire, Ford and Roush Yates Engines, amazing.”

Logano took command of the race five laps into the race, when he took the lead for the first time on his way to winning all three Stages of the race and leading 278 miles of the 300-mile race.

The seventh caution of the day came out with 11 laps to go. The No. 22 restarted second on the inside of the front row, with nine to go and dialed up the Ford FR9 horsepower to take the lead one final time and pulled away from the field to win by 1.429 seconds over Justin Allgaier.

Team Penske’s Ford Mustangs won back-to-back races to close out NASCAR’s Western swing with fellow Penske teammate Brad Keselowski winning at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

Stewart-Haas Racing Xfinity driver Cole Custer and JGL Racing Kaz Grala also had a solid day finishing P6 and P14 respectively.

NASCAR heads to the first short track of the season for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend in Martinsville, Virginia.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 321 WINS – 283 POLES!
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HARVICK WINS FOURTH MENCS RACE!

Posted on: May 7th, 2018
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STEWART-HAAS RACING GOES 1-2-5 IN DOVER
  

DOVER, DE – May 7, 2018 – Kevin Harvick took the No.4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Fusion to Victory Lane for the fourth time this season. The horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI engines powered five Fords in the top-10 on Sunday in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism.

“The first thing I’ve got to do is just thank everybody on my team — everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Yates Engines, everybody from Ford for just continuing to put the effort that they put into these cars. Three cars (Stewart-Haas Racing) in the top five says a lot about where we are as a company. It was great to see those fans stick around for the finish, but it’s fun racing your teammate.”

“I would first like to say congratulations to Stewart-Haas (Racing) and Kevin Harvick,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The way the race played out was a testament to all the hard work and dedication our teams have put into the Ford program this year. All the teams have been working hard to get everything we can out of the engines and cars. And to see the Fords running up front was a great sign that we are headed in the right direction.”
Harvick started from the front row and controlled the first part of the 400-lap race by leading 201 laps and sweeping Stage 1 and Stage 2. Overall the Ford Fusions led a total of 374 laps; Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski (108) and Joey Logano (1), along with SHR teammate Clint Bowyer (40), and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing (24).

 

Clint Bowyer was leading the race before a brief rain delay caused a short red flag caution. After the caution, Harvick passed teammate Bowyer on Lap 338 of 400 and did not look back, crossing the start-finish line 7.450 seconds ahead of the Bowyer. SHR had three cars finish in the top-5, including the No. 41 of Kurt Busch in fifth.

In total five Fords finished in top-10; Harvick P1, Bowyer P2, Busch P5, Keselowski P6 and Ryan Blaney P8. With this weekend’s win Ford Performance has recorded the sixth points win of the 2018 season and leads the Manufacturer Points Standings by six points.

We will build on this momentum as we go night racing in Kansas this Saturday night. Reference the full 2018 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 326 WINS – 291 POLES!

 

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FORD GT & GT4 TOP THE PODIUMS AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK!

Posted on: July 9th, 2018
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BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – July 9, 2018 – As road racing crossed the border into Canada, it was the Fords that took the top podium positions for the second consecutive week in both the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (WTSC) and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) series.

The No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) team of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix on Sunday, while the No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4 found Victory Lane in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 on Saturday afternoon.

“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Chip and his team, and the Roush Performance/KohR Motorsports teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To put back-to-back wins together in consecutive weeks, in two highly competitive race series, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team. We are constantly collaborating with Ford Performance to give the teams the best package to go out and win.”

The No. 67, FCGR team started on the front row after team driver Ryan Briscoe secured a P2 starting position in Saturday’s qualifying event.

“The car was a real handful,” Briscoe commented in Victory Lane. “We made adjustments with the tire pressures and ran the absolute perfect strategy, got Rick in and he just drove masterfully. We caught the yellow at the end, saw that happening and dove in the pits and came out with the lead.”

The two-hour, 40 minute at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, started out a with a few challenges, with both FCGR cars finding it difficult to find grip in the tires.

It took patience and great strategy calls by the team manager to put the No. 67 in position to take over the lead in the race. With a risky call to stay out after the leader came in for their last pitstop, the No. 67 inherited the P1 position and was able to string together several fast laps to build a double-digit lead. The race came down to managing lap times, tires, and fuel which Westbrook did perfectly.

With 25 minutes left in the race a full course caution came out, leaving an opening for the No. 67 to hit pit lane for a splash of gas and two left side tires, executing a perfect pitstop before the pits closed.
The No. 67 Ford GT led the last 27 laps of the race to take the checkered flag and win their second race of the season and Roush Yates Engines’ 50th overall Road Race win.

No. 67 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 8 points.

In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, the No. 60 Roush Performance / KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, with drivers Nate Stacy and Canadian native, Kyle Marcelli made it to the top of the podium for the third time this season, following their wins at Sebring and Mid-Ohio.
Stacy drove a great opening stint, setting up Marcelli to jump in for the second stint. Marcelli drove a lean fuel strategy, taking the checkered flag on mere fumes before running out of fuel on the way to Victory Lane.

“It’s a pleasure racing here at home,” said Marcelli. “I love the weather, I love the racetrack, the people. It was a good day. It was a tough stint for me…it became a fuel conservation race for us. I went to the ‘fuel used’ page on the dash and just watched it and called out the number every single lap, so much that we were lifting early for turn one, two and eight, and basically just using the gearbox to slow the car down. It paid off. We saved about two-and-a-half laps of fuel and were able to win.”

The No. 80 AWA team of Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg finished a strong second, following up their win in Watkins Glen. In addition, the No. 7 VOLT Racing Ford GT4 finished just off the podium in P4.

Marcelli and Stacy now lead the Drivers Points Standings, while Roush Performance / KohR Motorsports lead the Team Points Standings. In addition, Ford extended their lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings to 14 points in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, GS class.

With one race left on the East Coast, we will shift focus to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 21st. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 336 WINS – 301 POLES!
*Photography courtesy of Ford Performance