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BRAD KESELOWSKI WINS AT MARTINSVILLE

Posted on: March 25th, 2019
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MARTINSVILLE, VA, March 25, 2019 – Brad Keselowski won his second race at Martinsville Speedway, leading a race high 446 laps in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500. The No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang powered by the Ford FR9 engine, recorded their 40th MENCS win as Team Penske with Roush Yates Engines since 2013. Ford Performance now has 30 career MENCS wins at the famed “Paperclip”.
“Congratulations Brad, Roger, and Team Penske on their win at Martinsville,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Brad and his team were well prepared, and he showcased his driving talent while leading 446 laps in his Ford Mustang. Ford Performance continues to provide the technology and resources to keep our cars running up front.”
“The car was really good – this Ford Mustang,” said Brad Keselowski from Victory Lane. “You know, Ford worked really hard in the offs-season to build these cars and make them real strong and so far, so good. It’s just a great day for our team, awesome execution on pit road and big credit to Doug Yates and all the engine guys. Those guys work really hard and it’s just one of those days you dream of as a race car driver, where you’ve got a great car.”
After a strong qualifying performance on Saturday, by the Ford Mustangs, No. 22 Joey Logano started from the pole position while No. 10 Aric Almirola from Stewart-Haas Racing P2, No. 2 Keselowski P3, and No. 4 Kevin Harvick from Stewart-Haas Racing in P4.
Joey Logano led the first five laps while Keselowski took the lead and remained out front for the next 319 laps which included 2 stage wins. Keselowski regained the lead on lap 374 and never looked back. Keselowski worked through race traffic throughout the 500-lap event to take the checkered flag .594 seconds in front of Chase Elliott, marking the third consecutive Ford Performance win at Martinsville.
Ford Performance teammates led a race high 451 laps out of the 500-lap race; Brad Keselowski 446 laps and Joey Logano with 5 laps.

It was a great day for Ford Performance racing with six Ford Mustangs finishing in the top-10; Team Penske teammates, Keselowski P1, No. 12 Blaney in P4, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates No. 4 Harvick P6, No. 14 Clint Bowyer in P7, and Aric Almirola in P9, and Daniel Suarez P10.

NASCAR heads to the longhorn state, to the Texas Motor Speedway.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 358 WINS – 326 POLES!

CUSTER WINS AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

Posted on: July 1st, 2019
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Joliet, IL – July 1, 2019 – Cole Custer won the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, as Ford Performance finishes 1-2. The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang recorded its fourth win of the season and first win at Chicagoland.
“Congratulations to Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cole ran another great race. He’s having a solid year with four wins and six poles heading into Daytona. Our guys at the shop and track continue to deliver powerful engines and we look forward to seeing these Fords back on the track this weekend.”
During qualifying on Saturday afternoon, the Ford Mustangs set the pace, as Joey Logano and Cole Custer made it an all Ford front row. Logano took the pole in his first NXS race this season.
After leading the field to green, No. 12 Logano pulled out ahead of the field. Within three laps, Custer was able to chase down the No. 12 to take the lead. The No. 00 proved his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang would be hard to pass as he won Stage 1, on his way to leading a race high 151 laps out of the 200-lap race. Followed by pole winner, Logano, who won Stage 2, led 21 laps, and finished the day in P2.
“I think we’re going to hit it this summer, we have some awesome cars,’’ Custer committed in post-race interview. “I don’t know how to get the car any better, I’m just lucky to drive it.’’

Custer moves up the NXS driver standings to P2 with 11 races to go until the NXS Playoffs start.

All four Fords finished the race. Following Custer and Logano was Austin Cindric P6, and Chase Briscoe P15 after a tire puncture, late in the race, set him back in the field.
After a rain delay start to the MENCS Camping World 400, three Fords finished in the top-10; Team Penske teammates Logano in P3, Brad Keselowski P5, and Ryan Blaney P6. The Ford Mustangs also led a combined 138 laps out of the 267-lap race, led by Kevin Harvick with a race high of 132 laps.
In addition, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team scored a third-place podium finish in Watkins Glen, NY. The No. 67 of Richard Westbrook & Ryan Briscoe finished on the podium, while teammates Joey Hand & Dirk Müller, drivers of the No. 66, finished P4.
NASCAR heads to Daytona to celebrate July 4th this weekend while IMSA heads to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 363 WINS – 338 POLES!

CUSTER WINS THE GOLD MONSTER AT DOVER

Posted on: October 7th, 2019
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DOVER, DE – October 7, 2019 – Cole Custer was the golden winner at Dover International Speedway, winning on his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series career start. The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang won the Golden Miles Monster trophy on the 50th Anniversary of the Dover International Speedway.
“Congratulations Cole, Tony, Gene, and the No. 00 crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Our Ford Performance teams were fast in qualifying, going 1 through 3. Cole drove a great race and his team put him in position to capture the win. It’s great to see all three Ford Mustang drivers in the Playoff hunt and running strong.”
The weekend started off fast with the Ford Mustangs going 1, 2, 3 in qualifying. Chase Briscoe won his second career pole and marked the 130th NXS pole for Roush Yates Engines. Austin Cindric and Custer took P2 and P3 respectively.
The three Ford Mustangs led a manufacturer high, 131 laps out of the 200-lap race; led by Briscoe with 71, Custer 31 laps, and Austin Cindric with 29 laps.
With seven laps to go, Custer held off the field of playoff contenders on the late race restart and pulled away from Justin Allgaier to record his 9th career NXS win and 7th win in the 2019 season.

“I’ve wanted to win here so bad for so long,” Custer said. “I’ve been close a number of times but just to win the Gold Monster (trophy) is unbelievable.”

All Ford NXS drivers advance to the Round of 8. Custer is currently ranked P2 overall in the NXS Playoff Standings while Cindric is P4 and Briscoe P6.
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kevin Harvick finished P4 and Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer finished P10 in the Drydene 400 on Sunday.
As MENCS returns to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, the current Ford MENCS Playoff Driver Standings will be led by Harvick in P5 and Brad Keselowski in P6.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 376 WINS – 355 POLES!
* Images courtesy of NASCAR Media

MASTERCAM AND ROUSH YATES ENGINES RENEW PARTNERSHIP

Posted on: April 11th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, April 11, 2019 – Roush Yates Engines announced today a multi-year partnership extension agreement with CNC Software, Inc. for Mastercam to continue as the official CAD/CAM software of Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. After starting the partnership in 2015, this extension will partner these two innovative companies together until 2025.
Mastercam, an industry leader for more than 35 years in CAD/CAM software, delivers CNC programing solutions in 75 countries around the world. Their strategy of combining superior software programming with continuous development and support makes their product the best in the industry. This is why Roush Yates Engines selected Mastercam as their CAD/CAM software to program more than 50 CNC machines in a newly renovated, climate controlled, 88,000 square foot facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.
“With a shared commitment of quality and objective to deliver the best products to our engine programs, partnering with Mastercam ensures us a continued level of excellence,” said Mitch Miller, General Manager, Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. “Their software and continued collaboration are vital to our success on the race track and we look forward to expanding this valued partnership into the future.”
Mastercam software is invaluable to the production of more than 40% of the engine components that power the Ford NASCAR FR9 EFI and IMSA Ford EcoBoost race engines. Thousands of components are milled and drilled with the use of  Mastercam software programming. It is critical that these parts meet the tightest of tolerances to support our engine designs and development process.
To deliver the best on the race track and compete globally, you need to partner with the best. That’s why Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions partner with Mastercam.
Stas Mylek, Partnership Program Manager at CNC Software, Inc., says “We are privileged to have Roush Yates Engines as a valued partner for the next five years. They not only push their engines but have been instrumental in driving Mastercam to new levels of performance through the ongoing collaboration between the two companies. It’s exciting to witness the significant growth in their shop, the product and services they provide, and their use of Mastercam.”

About CNC Software, Inc.:
Founded in 1983, CNC Software, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Tolland, Connecticut, with corporate offices in Switzerland and China. The company develops Mastercam, a suite of CAD/CAM software created to reduce production time and expense with efficient machining strategies and advanced toolpath technologies like Accelerated Finishing™ and Dynamic Motion™. Mastercam is the world’s #1 CAM software, with more than 250,000 installations in industries such as mold making, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer products, education, and prototyping. It is distributed through an international channel of authorized Mastercam Resellers in 75 countries, providing localized sales, training, and support for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling, and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design; surface and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting; and Swiss machining. For more information, visitwww.mastercam.com.

COLE CUSTER WINS AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

Posted on: July 15th, 2019
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Sparta, KY – July 15, 2019 – Cole Custer won the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway and Ford Performance teammate Austin Cindric earned his first pole of the season. The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang recorded its fifth win of the season and first win at Kentucky.
“Congratulations to Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cole and the entire organization at Stewart-Haas Racing continue to put themselves in a position to win each weekend. Mike Shiplett and the No. 00 crew made some great adjustments to the car and were well prepared for the transition into the night.”
Custer’s No. 00 Ford Mustang came to life when the sun set and he passed his teammate Chase Briscoe on lap 111 for the lead. Cole dominated after this pass, leading 88 overall laps and crossed the finish line 1.651 seconds ahead of Christopher Bell’s No. 20 Toyota. All three Ford Performance Mustangs finished the race. Following Custer was Briscoe in P5 while Cindric finished P14.
“This one just goes to my team,” Custer commented in post-race interview. “The car was unbelievable at the end. They knew exactly what to do with it when the track changed, and I was just lucky to drive it there at the end. I can’t thank Gene Haas and everybody at Haas Automation enough. You don’t get cars like that very often.”
Custer is currently P3 while, pole winner, Cindric is in P4, and Briscoe is P8 in NXS driver points standings with nine races to go until the NXS Playoffs start.
Daniel Suárez won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). Suárez bested his teammate Aric Almirola for a SHR front row at Kentucky Speedway.  In the Quaker State 400, four Fords finished in the top-10; Clint Bowyer in P6, Joey Logano P7, Suárez in P8, and Ryan Newman in P9. The Ford Mustangs also led a combined 150 laps out of the 269-lap race, led by Suárez with 52 laps.
NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend while IMSA heads to Lime Rock Park. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 364 WINS – 341 POLES!
*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media

FORD MUSTANG WINS SEASON FINALE AT ROAD ATLANTA

Posted on: October 14th, 2019
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BRASELTON, GA – October 14, 2019 – Austin Cindric and Seb Priaulx won the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season finale (GS class) at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. This dynamic duo, brought together by Multimatic Motorsports, drove the No. 15 Ford Mustang GT4 to victory lane with a stellar performance.
“Congratulations to Austin, Seb, and all the Ford Performance teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was great to see Austin and Seb win their first race for Ford to complete the 2019 season and see the Ford GTs run strong, to bring home the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup titles as this successful four-year program comes to an end. I’m so proud of these teams and the achievements they accomplished together including the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2017 & 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona to name a few. We have been blessed to provide the Ford EcoBoost and Ford 5.2L engines in partnership with Ford Performance for the 2016 – 2019 seasons for these elite program.”

The weekend started off strong with S. Priaulx, son of three-time World Touring Car Cup champion Andy Priaulx and co-driver of the Ford GT in the FIA World Endurance Cup Series, as he quickly adapted to the 2.54 mile track on Friday, recording a 1:26.808 qualifying lap to secure a front row start in the Fox Factory 120.

S. Priaulx started the first stint in the driver seat and handed the car over to Cindric to finish out the 2-hour race. With 25 minutes left in the race, Cindric passed for the lead and led the last 19 laps of the 67-lap race to build a 6.013 second lead before taking the checkered flag.

“I’ve had a lot of fun when Ford Performance brings over the NASCAR Xfinity guys and we get to do some of these races in the GT4 cars,” said Cindric. “Multimatic kind of kickstarted my career. It took off in a lot of different directions and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I see the same thing with Seb. They believe in him and he’s done an awesome job.”

“Thanks to Austin, he did a great job to get the car home in first place,” added Priaulx. “It was a good race. We had good pace at the start, not to get the P1 spot but it was good enough to win the race today, so I’m really happy. Thanks to Multimatic and Ford Performance to give me a chance to race this car and with Austin.”

Ford Mustang teammates Chase Briscoe / Cole Custer finished P9 while James Pesek / Jade Buford finished P17 for PF Racing, and Nate Stacy / Kyle Marcelli finished P19 for KohR Motorsports.

In the final Ford GT race, of the four-year program, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (Ford CGR) earned one final podium for the Ford GT at Petit Le Mans. In an outstanding performance by both the No. 66 and No. 67, the Ford GTs led a combined 234 laps out of the 434-lap race but ran out of time chasing down the leader after a late race caution.
The No. 67 Ford GT trio of Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe, and Scott Dixon pushed hard for 10 hours and ran a strong race till the end but came up a bit short to finish P2 in the GTLM class.
“Although we would have liked to end it with a win, there’s no question our guys gave it all they had today,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance, Motorsports. “Both cars had great pace, and we battled to the very end. It was the nature of this team and this Ford GT program from the start – to find a way to be competitive no matter what. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved, including our great partners Ganassi, Multimatic, Roush Yates (Engines) and Michelin. We could not have had the success we had in this program without them.”
“It started at Ford Motor Company, and then to Ford Performance, and Chip Ganassi Racing, and Multimatic, and Roush Yates,” commented Hand. “People probably wouldn’t believe those five big entities, and just bad ass people, could come together like a family in just a few months and do what we did. It’s about the people and the relationships and we had strong relationships here between Dirk and I, Seb, and Westy, Ryan and Dixie. It was a fun ride and I will have great friends for life.”
To close out the season and program, Ford CGR claimed the driver, team, and manufacturer titles in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. This Cup is a special title which highlights the four endurance races on the IMSA 2019 schedule; The Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of the Glen, and 10 Hours of Petit Le Mans.

During the four- year program, Ford CGR teams earned 19 wins and 48 podiums globally, in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.

26 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 377 WINS – 355 POLES!
*Pictures courtesy of Ford Performance

Video | Universal Technical Institute – CNC MACHINING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Posted on: April 11th, 2019
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MOORESVILLE, NC, April 11, 2019 – In cooperation with Universal Technical Institute – CNC Machining Technology Program, a leader in education, you will learn everything from reading blueprints and interpreting geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to the programming, setup and operation of CNC lathes and mills.

Learn more about the CNC Machining Technology Program and the dynamic careers it could lead you to.

 

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Aims for Second-Consecutive Overall Win at Lime Rock Park

Posted on: July 17th, 2019
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LIME ROCK, CT – July 17, 2019 – Last year, Dirk Müller watched co-driver Joey Hand close a 12-second gap in the final stint to send them to victory lane at Lime Rock Park – the first win for Ford GT at the storied Connecticut track.

It was the third-consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, the first overall win for the team at the all-GT category race and the reward after a weekend of making adjustments to the No. 66 Ford GT.

“That was quite a celebration for us,” Müller said. “We don’t often have the chance to get an overall win, so it was special. We worked hard for it. We qualified third, so we knew we might have a chance, but the crew worked on the set-up right up until the start of the race to get it just right.”

 Co-drivers Ryan Briscoe, of nearby Farmington, Conn. and Richard Westbrook finished sixth. They made the podium in 2016, finishing third after starting on pole.

“I look forward to this race because it’s my home track,” Briscoe said. “It’s always pretty busy in the paddock for me. I’d love to put the No. 67 Ford GT back on the podium for them.”

Müller is fifth in the championship points, while Hand is 11th after missing two races due to an illness. Briscoe and Westbrook are sixth. Hand and Müller wouldn’t mind a return trip to the top of the podium.

“I had to be really aggressive there at the end last year, but that’s what you have to do at Lime Rock,” Hand said. “I could tell I was closing in on the leader, so I kept pushing. There aren’t many corners at Lime Rock, but at the same time, managing traffic is really important. That and staying around until the end, putting yourself into a position to win, are the keys to it. We really like this track. It’s a fun, different kind of race.”

Five races remain in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech series.

*Courtesy Ford Performance

FORD WINS WITH A 1-2 FINISH AT TALLADEGA

Posted on: October 15th, 2019
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LINCOLN, AL – October 15, 2019 – It was a photo finish for Ryan Blaney in his first Talladega win; taking Team Penske and Ford Performance back to Victory Lane at Talladega SuperSpeedway for the 29th time. Blaney is now the second driver locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 8. Ford Performance teams have won 8 out of the last 9 races at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
“Congratulations Ryan, Roger, and Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Blaney and Newman put it all on the line during that last lap and left everything on the track. It’s a great day when you see both Ford Performance cars battling for the win and five different Ford teams finishing in the top-10. It demonstrates the level of determination and passion that these teams have to win. We are honored to design, develop, and build the FR9 Engines in partnership with Ford Performance.”

After the eighth caution, the race went back to green with the No. 12 Blaney and No. 10 Aric Almirola in the front row with 2 laps to go. On the final lap, Blaney surrendered the lead to Ryan Newman, who received a strong push to the front. Coming to the checkered flag, Blaney side-drafted, and with help from fellow Ford teammate Almirola, beat Newman to the finish line by a mere .007 seconds. This marked Blaney’s third career MENCS win and his first Talladega win.

“It means a ton,” commented Blaney. “I have been coming here ever since I was really young and watched my dad run here a lot and watched him run pretty good here a lot. I got to drive for the Wood Brothers here. It is a cool feeling. This new infield in this new victory lane. I love coming here and I love it even more now.”

Eight different Ford Mustang’s led the 1000 Bulbs.com 500 for a combined 125 laps of the 188-lap race; led by Blaney with a race high 35 laps and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with 32.
Six Ford Mustangs finished in the top-10 at Talladega; along with Blaney and Newman were Aric Almirola in P4, Michael McDowell P5, Corey LaJoie P7, and Stenhouse Jr. in P9.
With one race to go before the next Playoff cut, Blaney leads the Ford Playoff field with Kevin Harvick (+36), Brad Keselowski (+20), and Joey Logano (+18) currently above the cutoff line, while Clint Bowyer (-24) is currently below the cutoff line.
This weekend, MENCS heads to Kansas Speedway for the final race before the MENCS Playoff Round of 8 is set.

27 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 378 WINS – 355 POLES!
*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media

CUSTER & CINDRIC FINISH 1-2 FOR FORD PERFORMANCE

Posted on: April 15th, 2019
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RICHMOND, VA – April 15, 2019 – Ford teammates Cole Custer and Austin Cindric battled for their first short track win Friday night in Richmond, VA. But it was the No.00 of Cole Custer that finished top of the class, winning his second race of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series while Cindric finished second.
“Congratulations to Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was great to see two young Ford Performance drivers battling it out tonight. It means so much to these guys to win and make a mark for themselves. We, at Roush Yates Engines, are just blessed to be part of that winning formula with Ford Performance tonight.”

“It is a great race for us,” said Custer in Victory Lane. “Our first short track win and second win of the year. It means a ton.”

The No.00, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang powered by the Ford FR9 Carb engine led a total of three times for a race high 122 laps in total. But it was the last 20 laps of the race which sealed the win for Custer. Custer’s patience and maturity showed during the closing 20 laps of the race, as he battled fellow Ford Performance teammate Cindric for the final lead on lap 231 and took the checkered flag 2.639 seconds in front of Cindric.

Custer “cashed in” on the weekend, not only winning for the fourth time in his career, but also claiming the $100,000 Xfinity Dash-4-Cash bonus check.
After a strong qualifying performance on Friday night, by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Ford Mustangs, No. 4 Kevin Harvick captured the pole position at Richmond Raceway, while Team Penske teammates, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski lined up third and eighth, and Paul Menard ninth.
A total of six Ford Mustangs finished in the top-10 of the race, led by Stage 2 winner, Logano in P2, Stewart-Hass Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Harvick in P3 and P4 respectively. In addition, Keselowski finished P7 with Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman in P9 and the Wood Brother’s Racing, Paul Menard in P10.
On the West coast, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, with the No. 66 and No. 67 Ford GTs were in an epic battle in the Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix Street Course. But it was not meant to be, as the No. 66 came up short on fuel, on the last lap of the race, to finish P4 while the No. 67 finished P6.
NASCAR and IMSA will take this weekend off. The NASCAR teams look forward to Talladega on April 27-28 and IMSA will be back in action on May 4-5 at Mid-Ohio, along with the FIA WEC on May 4 in Spa, Belgium. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

23 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 359 WINS – 328 POLES!
*Photos courtesy of Ford Performance and NASCAR Media