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FORD, FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING PURSUE THIRD TITLE AT DAYTONA WITH FORD GT

Posted on: January 18th, 2019
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DAYTONA, FL, January 18, 2019 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s statistics at the last two Rolex 24 At Daytona events are nothing short of astounding.

Between its two fulltime IMSA Ford GTs, the team led 1,196 out of 1,435 racing laps in the last two years – or, just over 5,000 miles around Daytona International Speedway’s storied oval/road course.

The two-time defending winners are anything but overconfident, though.

“We’ll definitely be walking into the paddock with a smile on our faces, knowing we can do this,” said Richard Westbrook, who won his first Rolex race in 2018 with co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon in the No. 67 Ford GT. “We have another year under our belts. We’re working hard now on fine-tuning our car to the new Michelin tire, so I think confidence is going to be really high to try to defend our crown.”

In 2018, Ford GTs led 774 of 783 laps, leaving room for only two other competitor cars to see time at the front of the GTLM pack. Most of those laps led went to the No. 66, but the No. 67 was in the lead when it counted.

“It’s a good track for Ford,” Westbrook said. “It was always going to be a good track for the Ford GT. But rest assured, there’s no way the gap will be as comfortable this year. It’s so nice going in defending our crown and knowing our car’s going to be quick, but this race just seems to get bigger and bigger. The quality throughout the field in every class gets better and better. When I compare it to when I first did this race, it’s so different. It’s almost unrecognizable. It just gets stronger and the crowd gets bigger every year.”

Both the No. 67 and No. 66 Ford GTs will wear special throwback liveries in honor of IMSA’s 50th birthday. The No. 66 Ford GT of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais will wear the colors of the Roush Racing Motorcraft Ford Mustang that John Jones, Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Doc Bundy drove to a GT1 victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 1985. Jones won the IMSA championship title in the GTO category after dominating the competition that year.

Hand, Müller and Bourdais won the race in 2017 after leading 414 of 652 laps.

The No. 67 will carry a throwback tribute to current race team partner Castrol. The iconic green and red stripes are accented with the Castrol Edge logo and adapted to the Ford GT’s lines.

It’s the first time the Ford CGR Ford GT’s will sport special liveries.

 

“The Rolex 24 is always one of the biggest races on our calendar,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance, motorsports. “Winning this race sets the whole year in motion on a positive note. Every year is different, though, with new competitors and adjustments, so it’s important that we all come in with a fresh view on things. Just because we’ve had success in the past doesn’t mean we can be comfortable.”

Ford CGR narrowly missed winning its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team and driver titles with the Ford GT in 2018. The five wins it earned clinched the manufacturer’s title for Ford, however. Hand and Müller also earned the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup title for the best-performing GTLM drivers in IMSA’s endurance races (Daytona/Sebring/Watkins Glen/Petit Le Mans).

The team recently completed a successful outing at IMSA’s official pre-season test, the Roar Before the Rolex 24, where they finished second (67) and third (66) in the special session that awards choice of garage space for the 24-hour race. Between prototype and GTLM, Chip Ganassi Racing has won the event overall or in class eight times.

“It’s clear that our car is a great car for Daytona,” Hand said. “The car was built for this type of track and the long straights there, and we’re wide open a long time, which really benefits our car. On top of that, it’s a great race for Ford CGR. They’ve won the race many times and it just seems like a place where it goes well. To have the first race of the year be at the track you feel most comfortable with is a good thing. Daytona is always a place I look forward to. To drive through the tunnel and be rolling into that track, that venue, is really a great way to start the season. The competition is always coming after you, but I think after winning two years in a row, people will really be coming after us. The GTLM series is difficult, with a lot of great competition, so we’ll see what happens.”

* Courtesy of Ford Performance

ROUSH LOOKS FORWARD TO NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Posted on: February 1st, 2019
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CONCORD, NC –  Feb 1, 2019 – This evening, Jack Roush will officially be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

And it’s something the Roush Fenway Racing team owner just can’t quite believe is happening.

“There’s only 45 people in the Hall of Fame,” said Roush. “So with the class that’s coming in, that will make 50 of us. To be one of the first 50 inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame is really a great honor.”

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 will be rewarded this evening, when he will be inducted into the 2019 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

With over eight championships in NASCAR’s top three divisions, 325 wins, 1,456 top-five’s, 2,579 top-10 finishes and 230 pole awards, it’s easy to see how Roush guaranteed his seat in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“When I thought about the success of all the drivers and all of the people that have worked on the cars, I’m just proud to be running with them and share with them the excitement here,” Roush said.

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.

Roush will be inducted along with Roger Penske, Alan Kulwicki, Jeff Gordon and David Allison. Tune in to tonight’s Hall of Fame ceremony at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition. Moving into its 31st season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning Social Media, digital content and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram, and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.

 

*Courtesy of Roush Fenway

STARRETT AND ROUSH YATES ENGINES RENEW PARTNERSHIP

Posted on: February 11th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, February 11, 2019 – Roush Yates Engines announced today that it has reached a multi-year partnership extension agreement with L.S. Starrett Co.

Starrett, an industry leader in metrology tools and equipment for over 135 years, located in Athol, Massachusetts, has been an official partner of Roush Yates Engines since 2016. Starrett’s premier measuring and inspection tools have been a key component in delivering championship winning engines and world-class products around the world.

“Starrett’s brand is iconic and known world-wide, while their support to our racing programs has provided competitive advantages to win races,” said Todd English, VP Business Development, Roush Yates Engines. “We rely on their employee’s workmanship in their manufacturing facilities in Athol and across the globe. We look forward to expanding our valued partnership and leveraging Starrett’s force and vision measurement systems.”
Starrett’s standard of quality and workmanship is the best in the industry, as their accuracy and product performance exceed national and international standards. These attributes are critical when developing and machining world-class products for the automotive, military, aerospace and industrial industries.

With more than 5,000 products; including spring and force testing, measurement equipment, precision hand tools, state-of-the-art vision and optical systems, Starrett has the right tools to meet our needs.

“We utilize Starrett’s inspection equipment for accuracy, reliability, and repeatability,” said Jennifer Lafever, NASCAR QA Manager, Roush Yates Engines. “We must have 100% confidence that our parts are accurate and correct every single time. Starrett tools provide us that confidence, when there is no room for error.”

“Starrett is glad to work with a high demanding customer such as Roush Yates Engines, as they use precision with everything they do,” said Emerson Leme, Head of Starrett Metrology Division. “Starrett has been a long-standing premier supplier to Roush Yates Engines for many years and extending this partnership is a win for all of us.”

With a shared commitment of excellence and objective to deliver the best products to our customers, partnering with Starrett ensures that continued level of expertise.

About L.S. Starrett Co. (NYSE: SCX):  
The L.S. Starrett Co. was founded in 1880, in Athol, Massachusetts. Starrett, a leader who has set the standard for fine precision tools in the industry for over 130 years, has rightfully earned the title, “World’s Greatest Toolmakers”.

Manufacturing more than 5,000 variations of precision tools, gages, measuring instruments and saw blades for industrial, professional and consumer markets worldwide. Starrett operates sixteen manufacturing locations worldwide with six in the United States.
For more information about L.S. Starrett visit http://www.starrett.com.

FORD GOES FOR THIRD CLASH WIN IN A ROW

Posted on: February 6th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, February 6, 2019 – Ford going for third straight Daytona Clash win. Ford has won The Clash at Daytona nine times by seven different drivers, including the last two by Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.  The best stretch for Ford in the event undoubtedly came during a three-year winning streak in which Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Dale Jarrett all reached victory lane from 1998-2000.  Jarrett owns three of Ford’s eight victories (1996, 2000, 2004) in the event and on two of those occasions (1996 and 2000) he went on to win the Daytona 500.  As noted above, Bill Elliott was Ford’s first winner in the event while Geoffrey Bodine was next in 1992.

 

FORD PERFORMANCE NASCAR: THE CLASH AT DAYTONA

The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season gets started this weekend with The Clash at Daytona on Sunday afternoon.  This non-points event features pole-winners from the 2018 season, along with former Clash winners, former Daytona 500 race and 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.

 

WHO’S IN?

There are 20 drivers entered in Sunday afternoon’s Clash and nine of those will be driving the new Ford Mustang for the first time in competition.  Four Ford organizations will be represented, including all of the drivers that make up Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing.  Defending series champion Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney (Team Penske) will join Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez (SHR) in the field.  Rounding out the Ford contingent is Ryan Newman, who will be making his return to Ford and debut with Roush Fenway Racing, and Paul Menard, who won the pole for Wood Brothers Racing last year at Chicagoland Speedway.

 

KESELOWSKI LOOKING TO DEFEND

In a foreshadowing of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Brad Keselowski took Ford to Victory Lane in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.  Keselowski led a Ford sweep of the top four finishing positions as he took the lead on lap 39 of the 75-lap feature and never looked back, holding off Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney, respectively.  It marked the second straight Clash win for Ford and served as a springboard that saw the Blue Oval lead the series with 19 points wins and capture the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

 

LOGANO BREAKS CLASH DROUGHT

Joey Logano snapped a 13-year Ford winless drought when he won The Clash in 2017, making him the manufacturer’s first victor since Dale Jarrett in 2004.  Logano found himself in the right place at the right time, taking the lead after Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski made contact on the final lap.  Keselowski had a run and was trying to pass Hamlin, whose attempt at blocking came too late and resulted in both cars colliding.  That enabled Logano to get through and win the Clash for the first time in his career.  Four Ford drivers finished in the top six spots as Danica Patrick was fourth, Kevin Harvick fifth and Keselowski sixth.

 

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

2018 – Brad Keselowski

 

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

KESELOWSKI WINS WITH THE NEW FORD MUSTANG IN ATLANTA

Posted on: February 25th, 2019
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HAMPTON, GA, February 25, 2019 – Brad Keselowski, Team Penske’s all-time winningest driver in the No. 2, recorded the first race win in the new Ford Mustang. Ford Performance recorded their third consecutive win at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 and 678th all-time win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) competition.

“Congratulations to Ford, Brad and Roger {Penske},” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “This was a big day for Roush Yates Engines with the new T550 engine package, on a mile and a half track for the first time this year, with the new iconic Ford Mustang body. To finish in victory lane is a testament to all the hard work by the entire Ford organization. We are proud to be part of this historic moment and partner with Ford Performance to deliver the first MENCS win with the new Ford Mustang.”

“Good enough to get the job done,” commented Keselowski in a victory lane interview after being asked about how he was feeling. “I think first off, I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my wife who’s standing in the back. I couldn’t be here today without them. So, thank you. And Doug Yates, we ran over a piece of debris with, I don’t know, probably 50 laps to go and overheated really bad, and I thought there was no way this engine would make it to the end, but Doug Yates and his team, they do a great job. I’m pretty sure it’s all used up, Doug, but it’s in Victory Lane, right?”
Keselowski, driving the new T550 engine package for the first time in the 2019 season, worked race traffic all day. The No. 2, methodically worked his way up to the front, taking the lead from Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano on lap 293, and led the last 33 laps of the race. The Keselowski managed to hold off a hard charging Martin Truex Jr. for the last three laps, taking the checkered flag .134 seconds ahead of the No. 19.
“This is a great day for Ford and it’s a testament to what can be achieved when everybody works together toward one common goal,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “So many people were involved in the design and development of Mustang – from team engineers to design center staff at Ford to our internal team at Ford Performance – we all worked together on this project over the last 18 months and to see it end with a victory in just the car’s second race is beyond satisfying.”

After sweeping qualifying with pole winner Aric Almirola, Rick Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer, the Ford Mustangs went onto lead a combined manufacturers’ race high of 178 laps out of the 325-lap race.

Joining winner Keselowski in the top-10 was Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick in P4, Clint Bowyer P5, Almirola P8, and Daniel Suárez rounding out the top-10.
Cole Custer with Stewart-Haas Racing started on the pole for the NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday afternoon and finished P2. In addition, Austin Cindric with Team Penske finished P10, and Chase Briscoe also from Stewart-Haas Racing finished P15.
Ford Performance teams will ride this momentum out west to Las Vegas this weekend.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 355 WINS – 322 POLES!
*Photography courtesy of NASCAR Media

TEAM PENSKE & FORD PERFORMANCE FINISH 1-2 AT LAS VEGAS

Posted on: March 4th, 2019
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LAS VEGAS, NV- March 4, 2019 – It was a 1-2 Team Penske finish, as Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski finished first and second in the Pennzoil 400. Logano recorded his 22nd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, in the No. 22 Pennzoil Ford Mustang, as he took the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time.
“The cars are fast, we showed it last weekend and able to show it again this weekend,” Logano commented in Victory Lane. “Roush Yates’ motors, this is a big motor thing now. You’re on the gas so much, you don’t lift for the most part, you lift a little bit, that horsepower under the hood is a huge deal.”
“Congratulations Joey, Roger and Ford Performance,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Joey drove a great race today. The Ford Performance teams have started strong this year and we’re proud to be powering the new Ford Mustangs with Ford FR9 horsepower. It’s great to celebrate another win with Ford Performance and see Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, and Roush Fenway Fords finish in the top 10.”
The Ford Mustangs looked strong throughout the race with pole winner Kevin Harvick getting out to a fast start to win Stage 1 and lead the first 43 laps of the race. The Ford Mustangs went onto lead a total of 208 laps out of the 267-lap race by five different drivers; Harvick 89 laps, Logano 86 laps, Keselowski 17 laps, Daniel Suárez 12 laps, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 5 laps.
The No. 22 crew executed all day, putting Logano in great position to win Stage 2 and to contend for the win, but Keselowski would not go down without a fight. The No. 2 made a final lap charge and attempted to pass Logano on the last corner but could only get to Logano’s bumper. The teammates finished nose-to-tail, a mere .236 seconds apart. This win was the third consecutive win for Ford Performance in Las Vegas.
Team Penske is now the first team to secure two drivers in the 2019 Playoffs.

Five Fords finished the day in the top-10. In addition to Logano and Keselowski finishing 1-2, Harvick finished fourth with Stenhouse and Aric Almirola finishing sixth and seventh.

Cole Custer started from the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the 23rd Annual Boyd Gaming 300 and finished 9th while Chase Briscoe finished 8th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday.
The MENCS and Xfinity Fords will travel to the second stop on the west coast swing at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend to see if they can make it three in a row. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 356 WINS – 324 POLES!
*Images courtesy of NASCAR Media

Ford’s WEC Super Season Resumes at Sebring

Posted on: March 13th, 2019
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  • Sebring Raceway in Florida to host the “1000 Miles of Sebring”
  • Round six of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship is an eight-hour race into the night
  • Three more races to go in the 2018-19 Super Season: Sebring, Spa and Le Mans
  • 1000 Miles of Sebring gets underway on Friday, March 15 at 16:00 ET (21:00 CET)

SEBRING, FL, March 13, 2019– The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team is going all out to claim the top results for the Ford GTs with just three races remaining in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season.

New for 2019, the 1000 Miles of Sebring will see the WEC protagonists fighting for glory on the eve of the famous Sebring 12 Hour race in which the U.S. arm of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will compete.

“Sebring is another big weekend for Ford,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “To have both the WEC and IMSA Ford GTs together but competing in different races makes for an exciting event for Ford Performance. As always our goal is to win so I am hopeful that all the work that has been put in recently in testing will pay off for us.”

The #66 Ford GT raced by Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA) sits in second place in the Drivers’ World Championships standings. Having taken two pole positions so far this season, the duo will be pushing for pole at Sebring. Joining them will be Billy Johnson (US) who returns to the team for the first time since Le Mans last year.

 

“Sebring is a unique circuit, complete with bumps and a track layout that is partly on an old airfield,” Mücke said. “We had the chance to test there in February which was important as it gave us the first indication of what we can expect and showed us the areas where we need to improve. I have good memories of Sebring; it’s actually one of my favourite tracks. The race will be a challenge as it starts in the afternoon and finishes late at night so there will be a big temperature drop, which affects the balance of the car and tyre choice. I can’t wait to get back in the car and get the season going again on a great track like Sebring.”

The #67 GT of Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) has had a bruising season so far and currently sits in eighth place in the standings. Both drivers are born winners though, and will be out to remind everyone of this, ably supported by a new teammate for Sebring, U.S. racer Jonathan Bomarito.

“Sebring is a great track that always produces a demanding and challenging race,” Priaulx said. “It’s narrow, bumpy and hot and there is never enough room for everyone so you need to keep your concentration levels high. I was fortunate enough to win the 12-hour race there in 2011 (as teammate to Dirk Müller and Joey Hand) and it is a special event where the fans create a great atmosphere. It’s a tough track in the dark. You have to limit your mistakes and push hard to be competitive there but that’s what we do, right?”

The 1000 Miles of Sebring gets underway on Friday, March 15 at 16:00 ET (21:00 CET).

*Courtesy Ford Performance

 

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GTs Look to Add 12 Hours of Sebring to List of Major Race Victories

Posted on: March 15th, 2019
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  • Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA series Ford GTs head to Sebring International Raceway for the historic 12 Hour of Sebring
  • With victories at Le Mans and the Rolex 24, the IMSA FCGR team would like to add Sebring to its list of historic endurance race victories
  • Sebring is round two of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship for the GTLM cars

SEBRING, Fla., March 15, 2019–In its three years of racing, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA team has taken its Ford GTs to wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

But one historic endurance race has eluded them so far, and they would like to change that this weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech Championship heads to the historic bumps and turns of Sebring International Raceway for the 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday.

“There’s no question this Ford GT program was designed to go out and win the world’s top endurance races, and we have done that for the most part the past three seasons,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.  “But we need to add the 12 Hours of Sebring to that list of race wins, and we want to do that this weekend.  We’ve had a very good test there in the last month, and we hope that carries over to this weekend.”

The current Ford GT team has been close, with the No. 66 Ford GT of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais finishing runner-up in the GTLM class in 2017, and the No. 67 Ford GT team of Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon finishing fourth last year.

The combination of getting a car to handle over the bumpy surface of Sebring, along with the change from the heat of day to a cool Saturday night finish is always challenging for the teams.

The other big change for the 2019 version of the race is that for the first time, the FIA World Endurance Championship will host a 1,000-mile race on Friday evening, including Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s two-car European-based WEC team.

“Sebring is one of those historic races on the calendar that everyone wants to win, and there’s extra motivation for us because we haven’t won there yet with the Ford GT,” said Briscoe.  “It will be a little different having our Ganassi European Ford GT team there for the WEC race, so hopefully we can all work together to help each other with set-ups and input as they race on Friday.

“But at the end of the day, the 12 Hours of Sebring always comes down to race strategy and being in position to win those last two hours.  We fortunately have some of the best in the business in terms of drivers and strategists, so we feel like we’re going to be one of the teams to beat for sure.”

“Sebring is always a challenge not just because of the distance, but also because of how difficult the track is,” said Hand.  “We’ve done a lot of testing there and feel good about how those tests have gone, but you have to be ready for a variety of different weather and track conditions during the race weekend.

“One of the keys is having a car set-up that can adjust from daylight into the night, so that you’re fast when the sun goes down.  I do know one thing… this is an endurance race that has eluded us in the Ford GT program, and we want to change that this year.”

The 67th 12 Hours of Sebring begins Saturday, March 16, with coverage beginning at 10:30 am ET on CNBC domestically, IMSA.tv internationally.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

CALIFORNIA KID, COLE CUSTER WINS AT FONTANA

Posted on: March 18th, 2019
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FONTANA, CA, March 18, 2019 – The California Kid, Cole Custer returned home to win his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series race and his first win at his home track in Fontana, CA. Custer led the last 19 laps of the Performance Alliance Group 300, to edge out the competition, taking the checkered flag and marking the 60th overall win for Stewart-Haas Racing.
“Congratulations Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cole showed great determination and patience throughout the race and we are proud to be part of SHR’s {Stewart-Haas Racing} milestone 60thwin.”
“This means a ton,” Custer commented in Victory Lane. “To win here, at home in Southern California – I grew up racing in San Bernardino and Irwindale. It means a ton. I am pretty pumped up.”

The No. 00 grabbed the lead from Christopher Bell on Lap 132 of 150 and gradually pulled away to beat Kyle Busch to the finish line by 1.927 seconds. Custer led four times for a total of 29 laps out of the 150-lap race.

Ford Performance teammates Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric finished P5 and P6 respectively.

On Sunday, five Fords finished in the top-10 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400. Joey Logano finished P2, Brad Keselowski P3, Kevin Harvick P4, Ryan Blaney P5 and Aric Almirola finished P9.

In Sebring, FL, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing road race teams secured two podium finishes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 12 Hours of Sebring and FIA World Endurance Championship 1000 Miles of Sebring.
The No. 67 Ford GT, driven by Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon, led the majority of the IMSA 12 Hour of Sebring race, on Saturday. After a late race incident, in the last five minutes of the race, dropped the No. 67 out of contention for the win to finish P6.

In turn, the No. 66 Ford GT with drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais, continued pushing, working their way up to a second-place finish.

The FIA WEC No. 67 Ford GT scored a third-place finish in the 1000 Miles of Sebring Friday night at the historic track, with drivers Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito.
NASCAR heads to the first short track of the season for the MENCS this weekend in Martinsville, VA. In addition, IMSA will head to Long Beach, CA in April.

 

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 357 WINS – 325 POLES!
*Images courtesy of Ford Performance and NASCAR Media

Ford Performance, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Unveil Special Historic Liveries for Rolex 24 At Daytona

Posted on: January 10th, 2019
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DEARBORN, MI, – January 10, 2019 – Reigning Rolex 24 At Daytona champions Ford Performance and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will compete with two special liveries on their Ford GTs at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 26-27, 2019.

Both celebrate important moments in sports car racing history as IMSA kicks off its 50th anniversary year.

The No. 66 Ford GT of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais will wear the colors of the Roush Racing Motorcraft Ford Mustang that John Jones, Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Doc Bundy drove to a GTO victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 1985. Jones won the IMSA driver’s championship title in the GTO category after dominating the competition that year.

The No. 67 of Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon will carry a throwback tribute to current race team partner Castrol. The iconic green and red stripes are accented with the Castrol Edge logo and adapted to the Ford GT’s lines. It’s the first time the Ford CGR Ford GTs will sport special liveries.

“We’re excited to show off our Ford GTs in a new way, and at the same time join IMSA in celebrating its 50th anniversary,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.

The Ford GTs will revert to their traditional red, white and blue liveries following the race.

Ford CGR has won the Rolex 24 GTLM title two years in a row, bringing Ganassi’s Rolex victory total to eight. Last season, the No.’s 67 and 66 finished p1-2 for a double-podium after the No. 66 drove to the win in 2017. Ford claimed the IMSA WeatherTech manufacturer’s championship for GTLM at Petit Le Mans last year after Ford CGR earned five wins in the Ford GTs third full year of competition.

“I’m really excited and proud that Ford is doing something to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IMSA,” Westbrook said. “Ford and Castrol had a lot of successful history in those years, so for the two to come together and do something as eye-catching as these new liveries, I’m going to be really proud driving that car. I’ve seen enough footage of cars in that livery going around Daytona before the bus stop chicane was put in, which was a very iconic period of IMSA racing, so to be in an iconic car in that livery trying to defend our title will be something really special.”

Briscoe has a special connection to the new livery.

“Castrol was one of my first official sponsors ever, when I started racing karts,” Briscoe said. “It’s been great to have them on our Ford GT as a partner, but to run a Castrol livery like this is really something special. It would be amazing to get a win for them.”

The No. 66 team Hand and Müller also earned the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) title for the best-performing GTLM drivers in IMSA’s endurance races (Daytona/Sebring/Watkins Glen/Petit Le Mans).

“It’s always cool to have something new after running the same colors for three years. I love the red, white and blue, but it’s always cool to have something new,” Hand said. “Just having the cars in all white at the test, they looked great. I think it’ll be fun to have a throwback Motorcraft theme on the car, with those colors, I think people are really going to love it. For me, it’s kind of funny, because it’s a throwback theme, but at the same time, my grandpa owned an auto parts store and so did my dad, so I remember seeing the shelves full of Motorcraft parts and selling those parts to customers as they came in, then going back and getting parts off shelves and looking at parts numbers. It works out for me that I’ll drive a Motorcraft car at the Rolex 24.”

*Courtesy Ford Performance