Archive for the ‘2018 Press Releases’ Category


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



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.

* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media


Posted on: May 7th, 2018
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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



*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media and Ford Performance


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.

*Photography courtesy of Ford Performance


Posted on: September 13th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC – September 13, 2018 – All three of NASCAR’s top touring series will be in action this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will compete in their respective Playoff openers while the NASCAR XFINITY Series concludes its regular season and sets the 12-driver postseason field.

Ford has 35 all-time Playoff victories with Harvick, Logano, Keselowski and Busch all having at least one with the manufacturer.  In fact, Busch won the very first Playoff race in NASCAR history when he captured the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 19, 2004.  He eventually went on to win the championship that season.

Ford, which has 13 points wins this season, has the most drivers in this year’s Playoff field with seven as every team from Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske qualified.

This is how they lineup. Race winners who earned automatic qualification include Kevin Harvick (7 wins), Clint Bowyer (2), Brad Keselowski (2), Joey Logano (1), and Kurt Busch (1).  Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola advanced on points.

Indianapolis Win – Brad Keselowski

Darlington Win – Brad Keselowski

Bristol Win – Kurt Busch

Michigan Win – Kevin Harvick

New Hampshire Win – Kevin Harvick

Michigan Win – Clint Bowyer

Kansas Win – Kevin Harvick

Dover Win – Kevin Harvick

Talladega Win – Joey Logano

Martinsville Win – Clint Bowyer

Phoenix Win – Kevin Harvick

Las Vegas Win – Kevin Harvick

Atlanta Win – Kevin Harvick

It’s all on the line! 

*Photography courtesy of NASCAR Media


Posted on: November 29th, 2018
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LAS VEGAS, NV – November 29, 2018 –  The NMPA Myers Brothers Awards were held on Wednesday, November 28 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Doug Yates, Roush Yates Engines for performance of No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Busch Pole Award: Kurt Busch, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Mobil 1 Performance Award: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

Goodyear NASCAR Series Champion Award: Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Crew Chief Award: Todd Gordon, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

*Images courtesy of NASCAR Media


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.



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.

* Images courtesy of Ford Performance


Posted on: May 7th, 2018
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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.


*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

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

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

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

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

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

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.