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Burton, Smith Win IMPC Opener

Posted on: February 14th, 2023
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#42: PF Racing, Ford Mustang GT4, GS: Harrison Burton, Zane Smith takes the checkered flag

Harrison Burton Holds off Sports Car Vet Spencer Pumpelly by 0.688 Seconds

By Holly Cain and Godwin Kelly

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR driver Harrison Burton held off hard-charging sports car veteran Spencer Pumpelly by a slight 0.688 seconds to earn the overall victory in Friday’s BMW M Endurance Challenge, the season-opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.

Pumpelly, who co-drove with Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tom Collingwood, moved the No. 83 BGB Motorsports Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport from fifth place to second in the final 30 minutes of the four-hour race, applying pressure on Burton as he cut into the lead with each lap.

But the 22-year-old Burton – who drives the famed Wood Brothers Ford fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series – steered mistake-free, high-pressure circuits of his own in the No. 42 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 to ensure he and teammate Zane Smith – the 2022 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion making his IMSA debut – became the first NASCAR regulars to take the victory in this race.

Ben Rhodes, the 2021 NASCAR trucks champion, and fellow NASCAR truck series driver Hailie Deegan finished third in the No. 41 PF Racing Mustang to complete the podium for the 32-car Grand Sport (GS) class.

Smith, 23, qualified an impressive third and moved forward immediately on the start, holding a sizable lead with just under three hours remaining. Late pit strategy by the competition, however, shifted the lineup as the No. 41 Mustang pitted to change drivers – Smith out and Burton in – just past the midpoint.

Burton ran third with just under 50 minutes to go, steadily making his way forward. He took the lead for good when leader Elliott Skeer in No. 47 Nolasport Porsche had to retire with 22 minutes remaining.

“I felt like I was a little bummed out early because we got shuffled back a little after the first pit stop,’’ said Burton, making his second start in the race. “It was taking me a little bit to get back to the lead and I was like, ‘I don’t want to be the guy that lets the team down and not finish the race off like we should.’

“But a few restarts came our way and I kinda shuffled my way through there. A lot of hard racing, ‘’ he added with a grin. “Pretty similar to NASCAR racing, to be honest with you, the amount of bumping and aggressive dive bombs and stuff. I felt kinda home in that. That was fun.”

Smith, who will attempt to make his first Daytona 500 start in February, gave a thumbs-up to his friend Burton’s work.

“Watching Harrison at the end with Spencer coming had me shaking in my boots, but he didn’t make a mistake,’’ Smith said, delighting in the win at the famous track. “If you can win anything at Daytona, whether it’s a dirt bike or a go-kart or a stock car and now a GT4 Mustang, is just so dang cool.

“Daytona just brings such a different vibe than really any other racetrack. Not only to win at Daytona but in our first start is just so cool.’’

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Posted on: February 14th, 2023
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MOORESVILLE, NC – February 14, 2023  – Following a championship year in 2022, Roush Yates Engines will celebrate its 20th season as the engine builder for Ford Performance in NASCAR and IMSA.
Roush Yates Engines has a long history with Ford Performance, sharing the same passion for racing and desire to drive innovation in both the OEM and motorsports markets. In 2003, Ford Motor Company joined forces with Jack Roush and Robert Yates and revolutionized the engine design, development, and build of high performance racing engines for Ford’s NASCAR teams. These two legendary engine builders, led by President & CEO Doug Yates, founded the company in Mooresville, North Carolina.
This vision showed immediate success in its first season by starting on the pole at the Daytona 500, winning the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, and has powered championships and wins at crown jewel races such as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Speed Week sweep in 2015, and winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (LMGTE) in 2016. Roush Yates Engines has celebrated a total of over 440 combined NASCAR, IMSA and FIA wins with Ford since 2004.
2004 Daytona 500 front row
2011 Daytona 500 winner
2016 Le Mans winner (LMGTE)
2016 Ford 3.5L EcoBoost Twin Turbo

In 2023, Roush Yates Engines will build engines and provide trackside support to Ford Performance’s NASCAR and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) teams in four unique race series.
“We are extremely proud and fortunate to partner with Ford Motor Company and Ford Performance. Without their dedication to Roush Yates Engines and motorsports, none of this would be possible. The celebration of our 20th season would also not be possible without the hard work, preparation, and execution of our team over the years,” said Doug Yates, President & CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The 2023 season will be a special milestone for our company as we have the opportunity to reflect back on our rich history while continuing to build race-winning engines and perform at the highest levels each week on the track.”
A special 20-year logo was unveiled today that will commemorate the 2023 season. RYE will celebrate 20 years through the season on its social media channels, highlighting its founders and rich history in motorsports. The 20th season celebration will extend into exclusive merchandise, media, employee and fan engagement, partnerships, and special events.
Roush Yates Engines will look for its eighth Daytona 500 win when the “Great American Race” kicks off the 2023 season from Daytona International Speedway this weekend and will race for back-to-back championships.
Our strategic partnerships have provided innovation, product support, and technical assistance that has provided a competitive advantage on and off the racetrack. We would like to thank these partners and everyone who has contributed to our success.


Posted on: March 2nd, 2023
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MOORESVILLE, NC – March 2, 2023 –Roush Yates Engines announced today that it has formed a multi-year technical partnership with leading engine bearing designer and manufacturer Daido Metal USA Inc. With its headquarters, main Sales Office and North American Technical Center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and their business/distribution center in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Daido Metal USA provides over 150 million bearings per year regionally to both OEM and aftermarket customers. Daido Metal USA offers an extensive line of performance and race engine bearings validated at the highest levels of professional racing and motorsports.
At the core of Daido Metal USA’s success is their decades of bearing design, coupled with extensive manufacturing experience and a passion for providing customers with engine bearings that exceed expectation in terms of value and performance. Throughout the years, Daido Metal has earned the trust and business of their customers with their products and commitment to customer relationships, delivery, performance, and continual improvement. The sales & application engineering team at Daido Metal provides expertise and support to all customers, regardless of their size or performance focus. A significant testimonial of Daido Metal’s engine bearing lineup is their recent success at the 2023 Daytona 500 week – Daido Metal engine bearings powered all Roush Yates Engines Ford Performance FR9 engines for over 800 miles.
Daido Metal is the world’s largest automotive engine bearing manufacturer by market share and has 80 years of experience in the most demanding applications. In addition to their success in the professional motorsport engine bearing market, they are also a high-volume automotive supplier boasting multiple quality awards from major customers including Ford Q1 Certification and GM Supplier Quality Excellence. Daido Metal engine bearings power a wide range of vehicles from supercars to trucks to motorcycles to off road machinery. Daido Metal utilizes proprietary processing methods and materials, advanced technologies, unmatched customer support, and ensures strict quality control for all products.

Daido Metal’s contribution to Roush Yates Engines has been a reduction of friction and wear, while at the same time extending the lifecycle of Ford’s FR9 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity racing engines. Daido Metal achieves this by utilizing a fully integrated production process including the production and processing of proprietary materials, surface treatment/coating technology, numerical simulation, engineering support, and precise manufacturing for all products – resulting in unmatched performance, repeatability, accuracy, and quality at all levels.
“Daido Metal is a world class company that continues to push innovation and development of high performance bearings,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We have been leveraging Daido Metal’s technology since 2012 in our championship engines. This partnership is a winning combination in a competitive racing environment that relies on power, performance, and reliability.”
“Daido Metal USA is honored to be named the Exclusive Bearing Partner of Roush Yates Engines,” said Yasuhiro ‘Hank’ Okura, President of Daido Metal USA. “Daido Metal engine bearings have powered countless Roush Yates Engines victories since 2012. Together we have pushed the boundaries of engine bearing technology and precision at the highest level of motorsport, including the development of new high performance bearing materials. Daido Metal and Roush Yates share an authentic commitment to our products and our customers, and we both possess a genuine desire to be the best in our fields. We look forward to new challenges together and are proud to be closely associated with Roush Yates – especially with the many people whose trust we have worked hard to earn and keep over the last decade.”
As the Exclusive Bearing Partner of Roush Yates Engines, Daido Metal will assist in the design and development of purpose-built racing engines that maximize horsepower and durability under extreme conditions including the RY45, a purpose-built racing engine utilized in dirt late model and off-road truck racing.
About Roush Yates Engines:
Roush Yates Engines is a leading-edge engine development company based in Mooresville, NC consisting of two state-of-the-art facilities – Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class AS9100 Rev D/ISO 13485 certified CNC manufacturing facility. The company’s core business includes designing, machining, building, and testing purpose-built race engines.

Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines is the exclusive engine builder for the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 engine, used in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.

With an unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide race winning engines through demonstrated power and performance. 

For more information about RYE, visit
About Daido Metal:
Daido Metal USA is a subsidiary of Daido Metal Co. Ltd founded in 1939 in Nagoya, Japan. Daido Metal is the only major automotive supplier in the world specializing in producing a full lineup of plain bearings. Daido Metal bearings are supplied to the automotive industry in addition to marine, medical, food processing, power generation, construction equipment and many others. As a global leader in the field of tribology, wear and lubrication Daido Metal provides advanced, top-quality products that have earned the trust of our business partners worldwide. Daido Metal has grown into a global company with more than 40 locations in 15 countries around the world supporting thousands of customers. Daido Metal USA traces its roots back many decades through various mergers and acquisitions and is now uniquely positioned as the premier bearing supplier for the most demanding bearing applications across all industries.

Daido Metal Co. Ltd. is currently the world’s largest supplier by market share of automotive engine bearings, turbocharger bearings, and marine engine bearings.

Daido Metal: Ambitious, Innovative, Challenging.

For more information about Daido Metal, visit


Posted on: March 8th, 2023
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MOORESVILLE, NC – March 8, 2023 – Roush Yates Engines & Haimer USA entered a multi-year partnership agreement to support the critical CNC machining of engine components for Ford’s FR9 NASCAR engine. Roush Yates Engines designs, develops, and builds high performance racing engines in partnership with Ford Performance for NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinty and IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge Series. In order to expedite engineering innovation, 50% of the FR9 engine components are machined internally at Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions (RYMS).

RYMS is an AS 9100 Rev D/ISO 13485 certified contract manufacturer of complex geometry parts for critical applications that require robust process control and post machine surface treatments for motorsports, aerospace, defense, space, and medical industries. Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions will leverage the innovation and dedication of HAIMER at its 88,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Mooresville, NC.

“HAIMER is a world class company with premier technology and equipment that will have a significant impact on machining engine components as well as other components for motorsports, aerospace, defense, space, and medical markets,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines.  “As we continue to race for championships and focus on precision machining, HAIMER is the next step to gain that competitive advantage on and off the racetrack.”

Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions will utilize the Vio Linear Presetter, Power Clamp Eco Air i4.0 Heat Shrink machine, and the TD Comfort with Extended Hood Balancer.

“HAIMER is honored and proud to be working as a partner of Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a leader in the field of motorsports and modern, high-end manufacturing,” said Brendt Holden, President of HAIMER USA. “We feel that our tool room technology will support their production machining to be a consistent winner in the manufacturing industry.”

“The HAIMER technology will allow RYMS leverage its manufacturing knowledge and offer its customers with a greater ability to take on more complex and tighter tolerance components,” said Bryan Gresock, President of Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. “Having this capability will help continue our offerings to the manufacturing industry where tolerances and lead times are being reduced. The partnership with HAIMER will help RYMS stay at the forefront of offering the very best solutions for our customers.”

About Roush Yates Engines:
Roush Yates Engines is a leading-edge engine development company based in Mooresville, NC consisting of two state-of-the-art facilities – Roush Yates Engines and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions. The company’s core business includes designing, building, and testing purpose-built race engines. 

Roush Yates Engines (RYE) in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR FR9 Ford V8 engine and Ford Mustang 5.2L V8 engine, used in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.

Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions is an AS9100 Rev D/ ISO 13485 high precision machining division of RYE. Our expertise is in the CNC machining of complex geometry parts for critical applications that require robust process control and post machine surface treatments. We provide an array of automated CNC manufacturing on 5 and 4 axis mills. In addition, we offer Multi-axis mill turns, turning, Swiss Turn, and waterjet machining. We also offer post machine surfacing, secondary treatment processes, and sub-assembly services in-house and through a network of validated and approved process suppliers. We produce machined components for the motorsports, aerospace, defense, space, and medical markets.

For more information about RYE, visit

HAIMER is a family run, medium size company first class German Tool Holder manufacturer located in Igenhausen, Bavaria near Augsburg, Germany. From the basics of face-mill arbors and ER collet chucks, all the way up to High Precision Collet and Shrink Fit Chucks, HAIMER has the tools necessary to satisfy and exceed your machining center needs. HAIMER’s product line includes the most extensive taper and size offerings from any HSK, CAT, BT, SK, PSC and KM tapers to any inch or metric size available.

HAIMER also manufactures its own Balancing Machines, Shrink-Fit Machines, Presetting Machines, 3 Dimensional Edge Finders and Solid Carbide Endmills. HAIMER’s philosophy of “Quality Wins” can be seen at the shop floor level with the use of HAIMER products. Not only will the quality increase, but the cutting tool life and machine tool spindle life will also increase. 

HAIMER USA has a 40,000 square foot facility containing a showroom, offices and a full stocking warehouse located in Villa Park, IL, a western suburb of Chicago.

For more information about HAIMER USA, visit


Posted on: March 10th, 2023
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Mooresville, NC – On March 8th, Mooresville South Iredell Chamber of Commerce recognized Roush Yates as the business of the year. On behalf of Roush Yates Engines, Doug Yates, Co-owner, President, and CEO accepted the award. Roush Yates Engines was formed at the end of the 2003 NASCAR season and has had multiple facilities within Mooresville to support high performance engines for NASCAR, road racing, off-road truck, dirt late model, sprint 360, military, and lifestyle programs in partnership with Ford Motor Company.


Posted on: March 20th, 2023
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HAMPTON, GA – March 20, 2023 – Team Penske’s Joey Logano won the NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday after starting on the pole and leading a race-high 140 laps. This victory marked Logano’s 32nd of his career and first at AMS.

“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Roger, Tim, Paul, Joey, and everyone at Team Penske for the pole and race win at Atlanta,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines.  “Our Ford Performance teams were fast in qualifying and worked together throughout the weekend to win all 3 stages and lead 221 of the 260 laps.”
“Overall, just a really fast Ford Mustang is what it came down to. It’s nice to win with Autotrader on the car. I don’t think I’ve ever won a race without Shell on the car. It means a lot to get this one in Victory Lane. It’s been a lot of years coming. Atlanta, this means so much to me to win here. So many memories of driving my Legends car right here where we’re standing when I was 9 years old. This is a really special one and a dream come true,” commented Logano.
Ford Performance teams swept the top 8 qualifying positions on Saturday. Team Penske secured the top 3 positions followed by Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing.

1. Joey Logano | Team Penske
2. Austin Cindric | Team Penske
3. Ryan Blaney | Team Penske
4. Brad Keselowski | RFK Racing
5. Aric Almirola | Stewart-Haas Racing
6. Kevin Harvick | Stewart-Haas Racing
7. Chris Buescher | RFK Racing
8. Chase Briscoe | Stewart-Haas Racing

Logano lead all 60 laps of Stage 1 to secure his first stage win of the season, followed by Austin Cindric, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney. Logano went on to lead a total of 135 laps in the first two stages, while teammate Austin Cindric took the lead at the end of the stage to claim the Stage 2 win. With 71 laps remaining, a multi-car crash took out the race leaders, and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola surged to the front to take the lead, leading a total of 17 laps throughout the race. The final laps of the race were a side-by-side battle between Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, and Logano was able to complete the race-winning pass during the last lap of the race.
Ford Performance teammate Brad Keselowski with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing finished in P2, while Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and Austin Cindric finished P7 and P11, respectively.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Riley Herbst finished Saturday’s Xfinity Series Raptor King of Tough 250 in P5, while AM Racing’s Brett Moffitt finished in P6.

NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series return to action next week with road racing at Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media & Getty Images