Archive for the ‘2019 Press Releases’ Category


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


Posted on: May 13th, 2019
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Kansas City, KS – May 13, 2019 – Brad Keselowski won his 30th career NASCAR Cup win and 21st with Ford Performance in a thrilling overtime performance at Kansas Speedway. With a lot of grit and determination, Keselowski drove to his third win of the year in Kansas City, Kansas for Team Penske and the No. 2 crew.
“Congratulations to Brad, Roger, and crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We saw an epic battle tonight, but Brad kept digging and never gave up until he took the checkered flag. These are the moments we live for in racing and remember for a long time afterwards. We are privileged to be part of this winning combination with Brad, Team Penske and Ford Performance.”
Pole winner and 2019 defending Kansas race winner, Kevin Harvick and Kansas native, Clint Bowyer led the forty-car field to the green flag on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick went onto lead a race high 105 laps on his way to winning Stage 1 of the Digital Ally 400. Five different Ford Mustangs led throughout the race to lead a combined 141 laps out of the extended 271-lap race.
The No. 2, Team Penske Ford Mustang, powered by the Ford FR9 engine, led two times for 12 laps. After going down a lap early in the race, it looked like it would be a long way back, but with grit, determination, and great pit call strategies by Paul Wolfe, he put the No. 2 in position to challenge for the win during over-time.

In a two-lap overtime shootout, Keselowski, beat Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by .205 seconds, as the race went four laps beyond its scheduled 267. This marked Team Penske’s fourth win of the season.

“I am just thankful to be at this level,” commented Keselowski in Victory Lane. “I never dreamed I would ever be in the Cup Series. I just dreamed of making a living in racing. I worked with guys like Mike Mittler who taught me the grit and energy and effort you have to have to be successful in this sport. Mike was local to this area and he passed away yesterday. It hurts to lose guys like that because they mean so much to me and the sport. I think this was hopefully something he would be proud of.”

Bowyer also battled hard, finishing P5, with Roush Fenway Racing’s, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing P11, followed by Aric Almirola P12, Harvick P13, Daniel Suárez P14, and Joey Logano P15.


* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media


Posted on: August 5th, 2019
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ELKHART LAKE, WI – August 5, 2019 – Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe drove the No. 67 Ford GT to a win on Sunday, in the IMSA Road Race Showcase, making it three wins in a row for Ford Performance at Road America. The No. 66, driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Müller, made it a double podium for the second consecutive weekend, finishing second.

“Congratulations to Chip, Ford Performance, and the entire Ford Chip Ganassi Organization,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “For these race teams to finish 1 – 2, it showcases the effort and talent of these drivers and crews that compete in the GTLM class.  Congratulations to our team at Roush Yates Engines as well, this team is constantly working with Ford Performance to optimize the power and performance of the Ford GT.”
In a different race strategy, Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won on a two-stop pit stop compared to three-stop pit stop strategy used at Lime Rock Raceway. After qualifying second, Briscoe took the lead passing the class pole sitter on lap 19 and turned the car over to Westbrook six laps later. Westbrook took the lead for good on lap 61 and crossed the finish line 10.657 seconds ahead of Ford Performance teammate Hand. In total Briscoe and Westbrook led 34 of the 77 laps in the GTLM class during the two hour, 40-minute race.

“I think the yellow-free race played to our strength of long runs,” Briscoe stated. “It was a pretty straightforward strategy of two stops. We were definitely better at the end of the stints than a lot of the other cars out there. We knew our advantage was going to be on old tires and that showed today. I think that’s where we made the difference.”

“Polar opposite of Lime Rock, when we won on a three-stopper,” Westbrook said. “Today, we made the two-stopper work. Just feels awesome. Ryan did a killer job today, put me in a really strong position.”

“I’m so proud of how hard the team has been working all season and to see the results with two consecutive wins is outstanding!” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
In addition, in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge on Saturday, the No. 60 KohR Motorsports team of Nate Stacy / Kyle Marcelli finished P12 and the No. 40 PF Racing team of James Pesek / Jade Buford P23 in rainy and damp conditions.

IMSA will head to Virginia International Raceway for its next race on August 23rd – 25th.

* Photos courtesy of Ford Performance


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, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram, and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.


*Courtesy of Roush Fenway


Posted on: May 19th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, May 20, 2019 – Starrett, an industry leader in metrology tools and equipment for over 135 years, 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.

“We utilize the Starrett 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’s standard of quality and workmanship is the best in the industry as their accuracy and product performance exceed national and international standards. This is critical when developing and machining world-class products for the automotive, aerospace, defense, and high-tech industries.


Posted on: August 12th, 2019
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BROOKLYN, MI – August 12th, 2019 – Kevin Harvick won his second NASCAR MENCS race this season, winning the Consumer Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang. Since June of 2018, the Michigan Heritage Trophy has been at Ford Motor Company and with this win it will stay at Ford for the next 10 months.
“It was an incredible weekend for Ford Motor Company and Ford Performance NASCAR teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was special to be able to congratulate Edsel Ford and Kevin Harvick in Victory Lane. Competition in the MENCS and Xfinity series is extremely tough and to be able to win both poles and races this weekend is a testament to our partnership with Ford and our race teams.”
During MENCS qualifying, on Friday, Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang claimed the pole with the fastest lap time of 37.801. Harvick claimed the inside pole position while Ford Mustangs led the qualifying session with 8 out of the top 12 fastest times.
Harvick overcame a punctured right front tire early in the race but lined up seventh during the final restart on lap 153. During this final green flag run, Harvick passed Logano on lap 183 and took the checkered flag 1.595 seconds in front of second place. Ford Performance teammates led a total of 143 laps out of the 200-lap race.
“Doug and everybody at Roush Yates Engines does a great job and obviously Ford puts a big circle around these two Michigan races to come up here and be the top manufacturer, and when you look at our engine program, I think that these particular racetracks really fit the style of our torque curves and the things that we do, and it was right in our wheelhouse,” said Harvick.
“Of all the active tracks on the circuit, we have 38 or 39 wins at Michigan. I think it is a combination of the power and fuel economy which is a testament to Doug Yates, Roush Yates and the engine team, and use of our analytical tools to optimize the power and fuel economy which we saw today with what Kevin and the Stewart-Haas team was able to do,” commented Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance.
Only three races remain before the 2019 MENCS Playoffs. Ford Performance currently has seven drivers in the top-16 regular season standings; Joey Logano P2, Kevin Harvick P3, Brad Keselowski P6, Ryan Blaney P9, Aric Almirola P11, Ryan Newman P15, and Clint Bowyer P16.
In addition, Austin Cindric won his second NASCAR Xfinity Series race this season, winning the B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang. Cindric, started from the pole position with a lap time of 84.231 seconds and a speed of 95.506 mph.
After starting from the pole position, Cindric was able to lead the first 18 laps before pitting for four fresh tires and fuel. He was able to regain the lead on lap 44 before his final pit stop and lined up seventh for the restart on lap 60. Within two laps, Cindric was back in the lead and crossed the finish line 3.78 seconds ahead of second place. In total, Cindric led 46 of the 75-lap race at the 2.258, 13-turn Mid-Ohio course.
“I think this gives our team a lot of confidence. When we come to racetracks like this, we have a lot of assurance in our racecars and our speed. I am just over the moon to get my first win here at Mid-Ohio and my second win within a week of each other – it’s just incredible,” said Cindric.
All three Ford Performance drivers finished in the top-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Austin Cindric in P1 while Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Chase Briscoe finished P7 and Cole Custer in P8.

Both the NASCAR MENCS and Xfinity Series return to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend!

* Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media


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

Partnership Extension | Cometic Gasket and Roush Yates Engines

Posted on: May 23rd, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, May 23, 2019 – Roush Yates Engines announced today it has reached a five-year partnership extension with long-time partner Cometic Gasket, Inc.

Family owned and operated for 30 years, Cometic Gasket has grown into a global leader and innovator in the highly competitive engine supplier marketplace. In a state-of-the-art 70,000 sq. ft. R&D and manufacturing facility in Concord, Ohio, Cometic meets customer’s needs by using premium materials for tailor-made solutions while delivering superior customer service.

“It’s no secret to compete at the highest level of motorsports you need the best team and reliable products, and that’s exactly what Cometic Gasket delivers to Roush Yates Engines,” said Todd English, VP Strategic Partnerships and Marketing, Roush Yates Engines. “In the highly competitive sport of racing, where failure is not an option and your product is tested on any given weekend, we rely on valued partners to deliver world-class quality products. Cometic has been a valued partner from day one as they collaborated with our engineering team on product design and material selections, bringing together the collective expertise and experience of both companies, making it a true win-win partnership.”
Cometic Gasket is the exclusive engine gasket of the Ford FR9 EFI Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Ford FR9 Carb NASCAR Xfinity Series engines that power cars at 73 events during the 2019 NASCAR season. We trust and rely on Cometic to keep our engines sealed!
“When we needed to design and develop a new head gasket system for the RY45 engine, Cometic really delivered. They sent people down to evaluate the surface areas of the block, cylinder head, and deck areas,” commented Dan Keenan, Design and Analysis Manager, Roush Yates Engines. “In a very short time period, they brought back the perfect solution. They continue to deliver today.”
They are part of our winning formula, making sure we have premium gaskets in our engines, like in the first race-winning NASCAR Ford FR9 engine, in 2010 with Roush Fenway Racing and Greg Biffle at Pocono. Roush Yates Engines has built over 7,500 engines sealed with Cometic’s gaskets and won over 180 races together since 2010.
The partnership with Cometic Gasket is like that perfect fitting gasket. Both companies are family based and strive on hard work and determination of the entire team. With a deep passion and understanding of the motorsports industry we collectively work together to improve performance.

“Bob, Bindy, Jeff, and Kristen, thank you for your continued support of our racing programs at Roush Yates Engines,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines.

“Cometic’s partnership with Roush Yates Engines benefits our customers in every segment,” explained Bob Gorman, Founder and CEO of Cometic Gasket. “The stakes are always very high in the performance business so to have a cooperative partnership with Doug Yates and his team elevates Cometic’s capabilities which, in turn, contributes to producing better gaskets and sealing solutions across our entire product line. We’re a family-owned company and have been since Day 1. That’s an essential reason we have a great working relationship with Roush Yates. There’s an important mutual respect built with family values. We’ve established a lasting partnership and are proud to extend our program well into the next decade.”

About Cometic
Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the automotive performance, powersports, original equipment and remanufactured engine industries. Cometic is a global leader and innovator in the highly competitive engine supplier marketplace. Housed in a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing center in Concord Township, Ohio, Cometic Gasket has maintained its deep roots in both the automotive performance and the powersports industries while expanding to service the domestic automotive, sport compact, V-twin, marine, diesel, agricultural, industrial and stationary power markets.

Cometic Gasket offers over 95,000 SKUs, shipping gaskets and engine sealing solutions across the globe. Cometic is dedicated to customer satisfaction and provides quality products, delivered on time at a competitive price, designed for each customer’s specific application.


Posted on: August 26th, 2019
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ALTON, VA – September 26, 2019 – Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli, co-drivers of the No. 60 Ford Mustang GT4 won on Saturday, at Virginia International Raceway in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, GS class. This marked KohR Motorsports first win of the 2019 season.

“Congratulations to KohR Motorsports, Nate, and Kyle,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The team worked hard all day and to see them on the podium with their first win at VIR is pretty special.”

In lingering wet weather conditions, the two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series race came down to a one-lap shoot out, after a caution came out in the last ten minutes of the race. The field went green with just enough time to complete a one lap sprint around the 3.27-mile circuit. During the restart there was contact between the leader No. 69 McLaren and a hard charging No. 7 Porsche, pushing the No. 69 off track. This put the Ford Mustang in second position.

While the No. 7 Porsche went on to cross the finish line first, a post-race penalty was assessed for the incident, and the win was ultimately awarded to the No. 60 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 of Marcelli and Stacy.

“I was a bit surprised to see it go green, to be honest with you,” said Marcelli. “I knew it was going to be high risk. You’re either going to come out a big winner or a big loser, so I was kind of in survival mode. I just wanted to bring it home and get a respectful result.”

“It was a crazy end of the race, but it couldn’t have gone any better, it was super awesome. Thanks to everyone at KohR and Ford Performance, it was great racing,” commented Stacy in Victory Lane.

In addition, the Ford GTs competed in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teammates, Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe finished P5 while Joey Hand and Dirk Müller finished P6.
IMSA will head to the West Coast in September to Monterey, California, home of the IMSA Monterey Grand Prix.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang driver Austin Cindric was on a mission after pitting for tires during a late race caution. Cindric drove his No. 22 Mustang from twentieth all the way up to finish P2. Ford teammates Chase Briscoe finished P7 and Cole Custer P10.

NASCAR will be going old school this weekend at Darlington Raceway during the annual Labor Day Throwback weekend.

* Photos courtesy of Ford Performance and NASCAR Media


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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