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DRIVERS SHOWCASE MUSTANG HORSEPOWER AT ROAR BEFORE THE ROLEX 24

Posted on: January 9th, 2018
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DAYTONA, FL, January 9, 2018 – The Ford Mustang GT4s made their 2018 debut this past weekend at the Roar Before the Rolex 24. Ford NASCAR drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski got their first chance to jump behind the wheel of the Mustang GT4 to prepare for the upcoming Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on January 26th.

No. 15 – Drivers: Scott Maxwell / Cole Custer / Ty Majeski

No. 22 – Drivers: Austin Cindric / Chase Briscoe

No. 8 – Drivers: Chad McCumbee / Patrick Gallagher

No. 59 – Drivers: Jack Roush Jr. / Joey Atterbury

No. 80 – Drivers: Martin Barkey / Brett Sanderg

Rounding out the Ford Mustang GT4 drivers will be Nate Stacy / Kyle Marcelli in the No. 60 and Alan Brynjolfsson / Trent Hindman in the No. 7.

 

*Photos Courtesy of Ford Performance

HARVICK DOUBLE DOWNS AT VEGAS

Posted on: March 5th, 2018
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LAS VEGAS, NV, March 5, 2018 – Stewart-Haas Racing and Kevin Harvick double down to win their second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in a row, winning the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Recording his fourth MENCS race win with Ford Performance and fifth time winning back-to-back races in his career.
“Congratulations to Kevin on his 100th career NASCAR win,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Kevin, drove a great race and the Ford Fusions ran strong all day. Ford Performance teams have started strong this year and we are proud to power the Ford Fusions with the Ford FR9 engines.”

From the second lap of the race the No. 4 Harvick, with the Ford FR9 horsepower, took control to win both Stages. Harvick led the most laps by a winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a total of 214 laps out of a 267 laps, on his way to recording his 13th win on a 1.5-mile track.

In achieving his 100th career win, Harvick has recorded 39 MENCS wins, 47 NASCAR Xfinity wins and 14 Camping World Truck Series wins. He is only the fourth driver in NASCAR history to accomplish the feat, joining Richard Petty (200 wins), Kyle Busch (184 wins) and David Pearson (106 wins).

Harvick commented on his 100th win in victory lane, “I think as you look back and you look at all the different wins and the wins that we have had here and at KHI and Richard Childress Racing and Junior Motorsports. All the different vehicles I have been fortunate to drive, and there have been a lot of good ones. I know how hard it is to get to victory lane and to know we have been there 100 times is something I almost can’t fathom.”

Ryan Blaney recorded his first MENCS pole of the season at Las Vegas and third career MENCS pole.
Blaney finished fifth and fellow Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finishing in sixth and seventh respectively, while Wood Brothers Racing driver Paul Menard finished ninth and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola finished tenth.
The 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.
14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 318 WINS – 283 POLES!

TALLADEGA | FORD and RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS

Posted on: April 27th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC, April 27, 2018 – Ford has been the King of the Restrictor Plate Tracks in recent years and comes into this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event having won five straight and six of the last seven races run at Talladega Superspeedway. Overall, Ford has won 16 of the last 29 races at Daytona and Talladega, including its first sweep of the four events in the 2017 season. Here’s a closer look at some of those results through the years.

 

 FORD IN THE MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES AT TALLADEGA

  • Ford has 26 all-time series wins at Talladega, including 8 of the last 11.
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, David Ragan, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer all have series wins at Talladega.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore helped Buddy Baker win three straight series races (1975-76), becoming the first to do that in Talladega history.

 FORD IN THE NASCAR XFINITY SERIES AT TALLADEGA

  • Ford has 6 series wins at Talladega
  • The first Ford victory in the series was by Chad Little, who currently works for NASCAR, in 1995.
  • Mark Martin, David Ragan and Joey Logano have MENCS and NXS wins at Talladega with Ford.

FORD LEADS THE RESTRICTOR PLATE PACK

Even though Ford saw its seven-race restrictor plate winning streak come to an end in the Daytona 500, a race in which Aric Almirola was half-a-lap away from victory, no manufacturer has dominated the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega in recent years more than Ford.

  • The Blue Oval has won 16 of the last 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at Daytona and Talladega combined.
  • Ford is coming off its first restrictor plate season sweep after winning all four events in 2017.
  • Ford has won five straight MENCS events at Talladega.
  • In addition, Ford has won six of the last seven and eight of the last 11 at the track.
  • Eight different drivers have taken a Fusion to Victory Lane since 2011 and here is the complete list:

DATE – DRIVER (RACE)

  • Feb. 20, 2011 – Trevor Bayne (Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway)
  • July 2, 2011 – David Ragan (Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway)
  • Feb. 27, 2012 – Matt Kenseth (Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway)
  • Oct. 7, 2012 – Matt Kenseth (Good Sam 500, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • May 5, 2013 – David Ragan (Aaron’s 399, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • July 6, 2014 – Aric Almirola (Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway)
  • Oct. 19, 2014 – Brad Keselowski (Geico 500, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • Feb. 22, 2015 – Joey Logano (Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway)
  • Oct. 25, 2015 – Joey Logano (CampingWorld.com 500, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • May 1, 2016 – Brad Keselowski (Geico 500, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • July 2, 2016 – Brad Keselowski (Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway)
  • Oct. 23, 2016 – Joey Logano (Hellman’s 500, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • Feb. 26, 2017 – Kurt Busch (Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway)
  • May 7, 2017 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Geico 500, Talladega Superspeedway)
  • July 1, 2017 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway)
  • Oct. 15, 2017 – Brad Keselowski (Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway)

TEAM PENSKE ROLLING AT TALLADEGA

Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have combined to win 5 of the last 7 MENCS races at Talladega Superspeedway with Keselowski winning three times and Logano twice.  Keselowski won the Playoff race last Fall, making him the winningest active driver at the track with five while Logano won in back-to-back seasons (2015-16).

STENHOUSE WINS FIRST CUP RACE

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. passed Kyle Busch on the final lap and to win the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of his career and give Ford a sweep of this event weekend at Talladega one year ago.  In a race that saw eight caution flags, including a red flag that lasted nearly 27 minutes after an 18-car accident, Stenhouse found himself on the outside of the front row with Busch for an overtime restart. Busch jumped out to the lead, but Stenhouse got a run and then used that momentum to dart to the inside and make the decisive pass. The win capped off a weekend that saw Stenhouse win the pole and Ford capture both races after Aric Almirola won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday.

WINNING IN THE CLUTCH

Needing a win to advance in the Playoffs, Brad Keselowski did exactly that in winning the Geico 500 on Oct. 19, 2014. The win was Keselowski’s sixth of the season, most for any driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and enabled him to move into the next round. Keselowski got a push from Penske teammate Joey Logano on the final green-white-checker restart and held off Matt Kenseth for the win.

ROUND OF 12 SWEEP

Joey Logano made history in 2015 when he came to Talladega Superspeedway and completed a three-race Round of 12 sweep by surviving a green-white-checker finish to win the CampingWorld.com 500. Logano became the first driver to sweep an entire round in only the second year of the format and won for the sixth time in 2015. In order to do it, he had to survive an aborted green-white-checker restart and then the official restart after it was determined by NASCAR that the original attempt had not gone green before an accident back in the pack occurred. The cars lined up again and shortly after Logano passed the start-finish line, a multi-car wrecked ensued that involved Kevin Harvick, who was having engine issues which brought the caution out and gave Logano the win.

 BAKER PROVIDES MOORE SUCCESS

The first time Ford went to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway was May 4, 1975 when Buddy Baker, driving for Hall of Fame car owner Bud Moore, held off David Pearson on the final lap. The win was Baker’s ninth career victory and came after he took the lead with 18 laps to go. One of the key decisions in getting Baker to the checkered flag first came when his team opted for two tires on its final pit stop of the day while Pearson and the Wood Brothers decided on gas only.  Even though Pearson steadily gained ground on the final lap, Baker was able to hold on by half a car length to win. That started a streak which saw Baker and Moore win three straight Talladega races.

DAVEY ALLISON’S FIRST WIN

Ford has had many milestone moments at Talladega Superspeedway, including the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win for the late Davey Allison, who won the Winston 500 on May 3, 1987. The race came down to a restart with 10 laps to go in which Allison found himself behind Dale Earnhardt in the outside lane. Earnhardt bolted to the lead when the green flew, and Allison tucked in right behind him through turns one and two.  As they came off the second corner, Allison went to the inside and easily passed Earnhardt for what proved to be the winning pass. Terry Labonte ended up finishing second with Earnhardt third.  Allison went on to win 19 NSCS races, including three at Talladega.

ROBERT YATES RACING’S FINAL WIN

When Dale Jarrett won the UAW-Ford 500 on Oct. 2, 2005 it ended up being the final trip to victory lane for Robert Yates Racing. This race came down to a green-white-checker restart, where Jarrett was positioned fourth.  He was still in that spot when they came around to start the final lap, but quickly moved to the outside as Tony Stewart grabbed the lead on the inside lane. The two drivers battled side-by-side down the backstretch before Jarrett powered his way in front.  Seconds after getting the lead, Kyle Petty was involved in a single-car accident that brought out the caution as the cars entered turn three. Jarrett was declared the winner after NASCAR verified that he was in front at the time the yellow flag was thrown. The win was RYR’s 57th triumph in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and came six years after the team won its only championship with Jarrett in 1999.

DAVID RAGAN’S SURPRISE VICTORY

And then there was David Ragan, who became the 11th driver to win a NASCAR Nationwide and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when he took the checkered flag in the 2013 Aaron’s 499. The win was his second series victory and first for Front Row Motorsports, and it ended in typical Talladega fashion. As the cars came to the white flag it was Carl Edwards in the lead while Ragan was fifth and tucked in the middle lane behind Aric Almirola. When Almirola moved to the high side, it enabled Ragan and teammate David Gilliland to work together and push their way forward. The duo was behind Edwards off turn two, but they made their move to the inside on the backstretch and made what proved to be the decisive pass.

FORD’S MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP WINNERS AT TALLADEGA

  • 1975 – Buddy Baker*
  • 1976 – Buddy Baker (1)
  • 1979 – Bobby Allison (1)
  • 1983 – Dale Earnhardt (2)
  • 1985 – Bill Elliott and Cale Yarborough
  • 1987 – Davey Allison and Bill Elliott
  • 1989 – Davey Allison and Terry Labonte
  • 1992 – Davey Allison (1)
  • 1994 – Jimmy Spencer (2)
  • 1995 – Mark Martin (1)
  • 1997 – Mark Martin (1)
  • 1998 – Dale Jarrett (2)
  • 2005 – Dale Jarrett (2)
  • 2009 – Jamie McMurray (2)
  • 2012 – Matt Kenseth (2)
  • 2013 – David Ragan (1)
  • 2014 – Brad Keselowski (2)
  • 2015 – Joey Logano (2)
  • 2016 – Brad Keselowski (1)
  • 2016 – Joey Logano (2)
  • 2017 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1) and Brad Keselowski (2)

*Denotes season sweep

 

*Content and images courtesy of Ford Performance

FORD GT WRAPS UP FIRST ROUND OF QUALIFYING

Posted on: June 14th, 2018
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Le Mans – June 14, 2018 – After a successful test on the Circuit de la Sarthe just over a week ago, the Ford GTs of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing took to the legendary Le Mans track for real today, putting four cars through a four-hour Free Practice Session and then a late-night, two-hour provisional qualifying session.

In the first of three qualifying sessions, the GTs qualified 3rd, 4th, 8th and 10th in the very strong 17-car GTE Pro Class. Leading the team was the No. 66 Ford GT of Billy Johnson (USA), Stefan Mücke (DEU) and Olivier Pla (FRA), who managed a 3:49.191 lap during the cool evening. The trio won the season-opening FIA WEC race at Spa in May.

The No. 68 of Joey Hand (USA), Sébastien Bourdais (FRA) and Dirk Müller (DEU) was just a tick behind their teammates at 3:49.582 as the team looks to repeat its 2016 class victory here. Bourdais, a native of Le Mans, returns after a one-year absence due to injuries in practice for the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

This evening’s qualifying followed today’s afternoon practice session that saw the cars go 4th (No. 66), 8th (No. 68), 9th (No. 69) and 10th (No. 67). Quickest time for the Ford GT during practice was 3:51.498.

The No. 67 team is made up of IndyCar star Tony Kanaan (BRA), Andy Priaulx (GBR) and Harry Tincknell (GBR). The No. 69 team includes 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona GTLM champions Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Richard Westbrook (GBR) and Scott Dixon (NZL).

The teams return to the track this evening for two more, two-hour qualifying sessions at 19:00 (1:00pm – 3:00pm EST) hours and 22:00 (4:00pm-6:00pm EST) hours.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

FORD WEC CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES RESUMES AT SILVERSTONE: VIDEO

Posted on: August 14th, 2018
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GREATWORTH, U.K. – The 2018-19 WEC Super Season resumes this weekend and the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team is ready to continue the fight for top honours in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Round 3 takes place at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit, just a few miles from Greatworth Park where the team is based, making this the home event.

The team expected fierce competition in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans and that is precisely what they got.

“The competition in GTE Pro is exceptionally strong – we saw that at Spa and Le Mans,” said team principal George Howard-Chappell. “The guys with the new cars are sure to be improving and we already know how competitive Porsche and Ferrari are. We booked a test a month before the race and were joined by two of the other manufacturers, so at least three of us have an idea of what to expect given the new track surface. Ideally we would like to continue the winning streak that our sister team in the USA have been having but let’s see. We will be going flat out for sure and I’m confident the track layout suits our car.”

The #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (US) came out on top of the Ford WEC runners at Le Mans, with a sixth place finish earning them the points for a third place finish in the WEC standings. With a win in the opening round at Spa, Mücke and Pla are now in second place in the Driver’s Championship battle, just eight points behind the leaders. Now that Le Mans is done for 2018, both #66 and #67 drop to the usual two-driver crews for the next few races.

“It was important for us to take as many points as possible at Le Mans,” Mücke said. “The competition was very strong, especially from Porsche, so I’m pleased that we are in second with everything to fight for. Our target is to win the championship so we need to keep scoring maximum points and a win at Silverstone would be particularly special for the team as it is the home race.

“Silverstone has always been the first round in the past so it’s good to go and race there in the summer this time. We tested there a few weeks ago and the circuit has new asphalt, which is going to make it very interesting. Everything you learnt about the track in the past, forget it! There is a lot more grip, which is a good thing, but it is also very aggressive asphalt so tyre management will be crucial this weekend if we want to stay in the game.”

Andy Priaulx (GB), Harry Tincknell (GB) and Tony Kanaan (BRA) took a hard fought fourth place in class at Le Mans but were demoted after the race due to a driving time infringement. The British duo, who won the 2017 WEC round at Silverstone, are eager to collect a good haul of points this weekend.

“A repeat of last year when we took pole position, fastest lap and the win, would be very nice,” Tincknell said. “We’ve had a tough start to our season. We were going well at Spa until the accident and then we had a good race at Le Mans, fighting hard all the way through with no issues other than a short fill which took us out of contention for third and then the post-race penalty. It means we are well down the championship table so we need to just go for outright wins now, hopefully starting at Silverstone. We had a great test there not long ago and we look reasonably strong. This race is going to be all about tyre life due to the combination of the new abrasive surface and the high speed nature of Silverstone. With only four sets of tyres for six hours of racing that is going to be the key. The Ford GT has good aero efficiency and we look after our tyres well so hopefully that’s an advantage for us. Let’s hope the home support will cheer us on to another win.”

*Courtesy Ford Performance

 

LOGANO MOVES ONTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP 4!

Posted on: October 29th, 2018
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MARTINSVILLE, VA – October 29, 2018 – Joey Logano clinched the first spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4, by winning the First Data 500 in Martinsville, Virginia on Sunday. The win marked Logano’s first win at Martinsville and 20th career Cup victory.
“Congratulations to Joey, Roger, and Team Penske” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Joey and the crew battled hard all day and with a great team effort by the No.22 crew, put Joey in an excellent position to win. We are glad to be in a position to race for the Championship for Ford.”
The Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines powered Ford Fusions led the most laps of all manufacturers for a total of 351 laps out of the 500-lap race. Logano led the field with 309 laps and collected the Stage 2 win on his way to winning his second race of the season.

“That was just a hard-great race,” commented Logano in Victory Lane. “NASCAR racing at its finest. Now the next two weeks we think about Miami and nothing else. We have to go there and be ready and be prepared for it. One step at a time. We are going to enjoy this moment first and then we will worry about Miami tomorrow.”

A late race caution, on lap 462, brought a majority of the field into the pits. The fast work of the No.22 crew put Logano out first, ahead of the No. 18 Kyle Busch. Logano launched the No.22, with a strong restart, to take the lead. Logano held the lead, fighting off stiff competition from teammate Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.  In an all-out drag race to the finish, the No. 22 took the checkered flag ahead of Danny Hamlin and Truex.

It was four Fords finishing in the top-10 of the First Data 500. Team Penske’s Logano race winning effort was followed by teammate Keselowski in fifth and Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch in sixth and Kevin Harvick tenth.
Going into the mile and a half track of Texas Motor Speedway the Ford drivers line up in P1 Logano, P4 Harvick, P5 Busch, P7 Clint Bowyer, and P8 Aric Almirola in the NASCAR Playoff Driver Standings.  The NASCAR MENCS, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck Series all return to action at Texas Motor Speedway this upcoming weekend.

19 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 351 WINS – 315 POLES!
*Photos courtesy of NASCAR Media

FORD GT SECURES PIT SELECTION FOR ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

Posted on: January 9th, 2018
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DAYTONA, FL, January 9, 2018  –The Roar Before the Rolex 24 added a new twist to the event for the 2018 IMSA season. A special qualifying round happened this past Sunday morning that determined the order of choice for garage and pit selection for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 66 Ford GT of Joey Hand /Dirk Müller / Sébastien Bourdais won the event and locked in the first selection, while teammates Ryan Briscoe / Richard Westbrook / Scott Dixon drivers of the No. 67 secured the third selection in the process.

Tune in January 27th, 2018 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona as Ford Chip Ganassi Racing goes for the back-to-back wins in this.

*Photos Courtesy of Ford Performance

2019 NASCAR HALL OF FAME NOMINEES

Posted on: March 7th, 2018
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MOORESVILLE, NC – March 6, 2018 – NASCAR announced the 20 finalists for consideration as part of the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Class . Nine of the men have Ford Motor Company ties, including seven repeat nominees and two newcomers in John Holman and Ralph Moody.

Those back on the ballot from last year are current Ford team owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske; 1992 NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki; 19-time Ford Cup winner Davey AllisonBuddy Baker, who had 19 wins for a variety of teams including Bud Moore and the Wood Brothers; two-time champion engine-builder for David Pearson in 1968-69 with Holman-Moody, Waddell Wilson; and Ricky Rudd, the sport’s Iron Man, who had 23 wins in more than 900 starts, including stints with Bud Moore, the Wood Brothers and as an owner/driver.

 

DAVEY ALLISON

Davey Allison made 191 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts and all but eight of them were behind the wheel of the No. 28 Texaco Havoline Ford. He ran six full-time seasons when the series consisted of 29 races while running in parts of three others, and wasted little time in grabbing headlines. After car owner Harry Ranier hired him for the 1987 season Allison took off, qualifying second for the Daytona 500 and then grabbing the pole one week later at Rockingham.

Allison won 19 times overall, four of those with Ranier and the rest under ownership from fellow Hall of Fame Nominee Robert Yates, who purchased the team in 1989.  They won the 1992 Daytona 500 together and were in a battle with fellow Ford drivers Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki for the season championship, but an accident during the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway ended that bid.

Davey, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, won his last race on March 7, 1993 at Richmond International Raceway. He died on July 13, 1993 from injuries suffered in a helicopter accident at Talladega Superspeedway.

 

BUDDY BAKER

Buddy Baker’s best season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series came in 1975 when he and NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Bud Moore teamed up to win four times, which included a season sweep at Talladega Superspeedway. Baker extended his Talladega win streak to three the following season with Moore, but saw his bid for four in a row end with a second-place run in the fall of 1976.

Baker, who won 19 races overall during a 33-year career, made it back to Victory Lane with Ford six years later when he won the Firecracker 400 at Daytona in 1983 with the Wood Brothers. He drove two seasons for the family-owned operation, posting one win, two poles, and 24 top-10 finishes in 42 starts.

 

ALAN KULWICKI

Alan Kulwicki may have won only five races in his shortened Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, but in winning the 1992 series championship over fellow Ford drivers Bill Elliott and Davey Allison, he established a legacy that continues to shine today. As an owner/driver, Kulwicki changed the thinking of how a race team could be successful as he took a small underdog race team and beat the bigger organizations through hard work and determination.

After an accident at Dover with only six races remaining put him 278 points behind, Kulwicki clawed his way back into the title hunt.  Entering the season-finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kulwicki found himself second in the standings, but ended up taking the title in his No. 7 Hooters Ford ‘Underbird’ after leading one more lap than Elliott, who ended up winning the race. The fact Kulwicki led the most laps gave him the necessary bonus points to win the championship by 10 over Elliott.

Kulwicki, who is one of only seven drivers to win a Cup title with Ford, didn’t have a chance to defend his championship after the plane he was flying in crashed on approach to Tri-Cities Airport on April 1, 1993, killing him and three others on board.

 

ROGER PENSKE

Roger Penske has won 104 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in his career and 58 of those have been with Ford. Since returning to Ford at the start of the 2013 season, Penske has put together a three-car operation that has won 31 times on the Cup side, and an equally successfully NASCAR XFINITY program that has 34 wins and four owner’s championships.

Penske made an immediate impact with Ford when he first joined the manufacturer in 1994, winning eight times with driver Rusty Wallace. The duo ended up winning 23 races from 1994-2001 and finished in the top-10 of the point standings every season. Penske has one Cup championship, winning that with current driver Brad Keselowski in 2012, and has made it to the playoff finals with Joey Logano twice.

 

JACK ROUSH

No owner has won more stock car races in NASCAR’s top three touring series than Jack Roush, and he’s done it all with Ford. Since becoming involved in the sport as an owner in 1988, Roush has gone on to post 324 victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series combined. In addition, he has won at least one championship in each series and eight overall (2 Cup, 5 XFINITY and 1 Truck).

He made MENCS history in 1998 by becoming the first owner to expand to five teams, and proved that model could work as evidenced by the fact that each of them qualified for the Chase in 2005. That gave Roush half of the playoff field, which was only 10 at the time. He and NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin are regarded as one of the top owner-driver combinations of all-time, having amassed 82 victories in NASCAR’s top three series together.

 

RICKY RUDD

There may be drivers who have won more races, but when it comes to pure toughness it’s hard to put anyone above Ricky Rudd. Whether it was putting tape over his eyelids after a harrowing crash at Daytona or surviving burns to his backside during a sweltering day at Martinsville, Rudd continually showed what made him a NASCAR staple from 1975-2007.

He set the sport’s all-time record for consecutive starts at 788 – starting every race from 1981-2005 – until Jeff Gordon broke it in 2015, and ranks second on NASCAR’s list for career starts with 906. Rudd registered 23 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories and went to victory lane 15 times with Ford. His biggest win undoubtedly came in the 1997 Brickyard 400 during a stretch where he filled the dual roles as owner and driver. His success and consistency are also remembered by the fact he had a streak of at least one series triumph for 16 consecutive seasons (1983-98).

 

WADDELL WILSON

One of the legendary operations in Ford Performance’s NASCAR history is Holman-Moody, and Waddell Wilson had a front row seat as a key contributor with that organization. He made his reputation as one of the top engine builders upon joining the team and producing the power that took Fireball Roberts to victory lane in the 1963 Southern 500 at Darlington.

As the sixties wound down, his stature grew even more as he was part of the Ford crew that helped Mario Andretti win the 1967 Daytona 500. Wilson, who also worked with current NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen during his Holman-Moody days, closed out the decade in grand fashion as he built the power that took David Pearson to consecutive Cup championships in 1968 and 1969. That marked the second and third titles for Ford overall, and the first time the manufacturer captured consecutive crowns.

 

JOHN HOLMAN AND RALPH MOODY

Even though they are on the ballot individually, it seems appropriate to write about them together because they were synonymous with Ford in the 1960s as co-owners of the manufacturer’s main factory-backed organization.

It’s the place where NASCAR Hall of Famer Robert Yates got his start and where fellow nominee Waddell Wilson honed his engine-building skills. It’s also where legendary drivers like Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, Jim Clark, A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, Junior Johnson, Parnelli Jones, Fred Lorenzen, Benny Parsons, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner, Bobby Unser, Joe Weatherly, and Cale Yarborough took turns behind the wheel.

They were responsible for providing the engines that powered the fast Ford of Pearson to consecutive championships in 1968 and 1969 in what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Overall, the organization won 96 races and in 525 all-time starts finished in the top 5 a total of 284 times (54 percent).

Voting Day for the 2019 class will be Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

*Courtesy of Ford Performance

LOGANO & FORD IN VICTORY LANE AT TALLADEGA!

Posted on: April 30th, 2018
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SIX STRAIGHT TALLADEGA WINS FOR TEAM FORD

LINCOLN, AL, April 30, 2018 – Joey Logano took the blue oval to Victory Lane for the third time in his career at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 22, with the horsepower of the Ford FR9 EFI engine, drove the Ford Fusion across the finish line to win the sixth consecutive race at the superspeedway for Ford Performance and 108th Cup win for Team Penske.

“It was a great car, very fast,” said Logano in Victory Lane. “The Fords dominated today. I am so proud to be in a Blue Oval with Roush Yates (Engines) motors under the hood. That is a huge deal. A big part of our victory today. Teamwork was a big part of it as well. It is always exciting to win at a superspeedway, especially Talladega because you never know you’ve got it until you cross the line.”

“Congratulations to Joey, Roger and Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m very proud of our team at Roush Yates (Engines). They did a great job responding to the restrictor plate change this weekend. To have two Stewart-Haas cars sitting on the front row and six Fords in the top-10 at the end of the race is a testament to all the hard work and dedication of our entire team. This was a big day for us. It marked our 325th win and we could not be happier to be marking this milestone here at Talladega with Ford Performance.”
Two Fords started from the front row in the Geico 500 on Sunday. After a decisive second round of qualifying on Saturday, Kevin Harvick won the pole and fellow Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch in P2. Harvick covered the 2.66-mile distance in 49.247 seconds (194.448 mph) to earn his second Talladega pole and the 22nd of his career.
Sunday was a day controlled by the combined Ford Performance teams. Six different Ford Fusions led a total of 126 out of the 188-lap race; winner Logano (70), Stage 1 winner Brad Keselowski (21), Kevin Harvick (12), Stage 2 winner Paul Menard (8), Matt DiBenedetto (6), Kurt Busch (5) and 2017 winner, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (4).

Logano leveraged the horsepower of the Ford FR9 engine to take the lead after a late race restart on lap 18. He was able to hold off a hard charging Busch, in the last lap of the race to win with a margin of victory of only .127 of a second.
Six Fords would finish the day in top-10; led by Logano, Busch finished 2nd with SHR teammate Harvick in 4th. In addition, Stenhouse Jr. from Roush Fenway Racing finished 5th, David Ragan from Front Row Motorsports 6th and after coming from the back of the field Aric Almirola finished a strong 7th. Ford now has 27 all-time series wins at Talladega, including 9 of the last 11.

The Ford Performance teams will build on this momentum heading into Dover this weekend. Reference the full 2018 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 325 WINS – 289 POLES!

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FORD TAKES THIRD STRAIGHT PODIUM AT LE MANS 24 HOURS

Posted on: June 18th, 2018
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LE MANS, France, June 18, 2018 – For the third consecutive year, a Ford GT driver trio is on the GTE Pro podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours

Joey Hand (US), Sébastien Bourdais (FRA) and Dirk Müller (GER), drivers of the #68 Ford GT who captured a victory here in 2016, returned to the podium with a strong, third-place finish in 86th running of the world’s toughest endurance sports car race.

The trio was in the mix of the battle for the top spot early in the race with the winning No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR when an ill-timed safety car caught #68 and the other leaders in the pits, causing the rest of the GTE Pro field to be nearly a lap down the rest of the race.

“It was great to be back at Le Mans, said Bourdais, the native of Le Mans who missed the race with injuries last year.  “It was a tough race, but we maximized everything as a team. And for that I am super proud of everyone at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.  We did all we could and finished third, so that’s the cards we were dealt.  We’ll take them and move on.

“A good day at the office I would call it,” said Müller. “Being on the podium at Le Mans is almost like winning because this race is so special and unique.  P3 I know, but I am still smiling.  For the 68 Ford GT, a victory in 2016 and a third place today means a lot. I look forward to coming back next year and going back up two more spots. It was great job for all the boys who did a great job, and for our WEC boys, I am glad they got good points today.”

“We maximized our potential,” said Hand. “We always work to have really good race car.  It takes having a really good race car to win here, and we did.  We have no damage on our car at all.   We just got caught out a couple times there with safety cars and that hurt us, and we couldn’t make it up.  I have been here four times and been on the podium three of them, so that’s pretty cool.”

The #68 Ford GT did battle at length with the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR for much of the second half of the race along with the #67 Ford GT of Harry Tincknell (GB), Andy Priaulx (GB) and Tony Kanaan (BRA), who just missed a podium with a fourth-place finish.

That fourth place helped the #67 trio score major points in the WEC championship, moving them into third place.

“For me personally this has been a good Le Mans,” said Andy Priaulx. “I had a lot of fun in the car, a lot of time in the car (8.5 hours) and I am driving with a brilliant team. I wouldn’t say we had the speed to win but we had the team to win. We could’ve done it today, but we were very unlucky with an early safety car, which put us two minutes behind and it’s so hard to get that time back. We got back up into the top two or three positions then we had more bad luck with a safety car. Despite this we had a great race. The car was great, the team did a brilliant job and we finished fourth in a race that is very difficult to finish at all.

“We scored some good points for the WEC Championship (third place) so we’re back on the scoreboard and we will come back fighting.  Harry (Tincknell) was the normal Harry: awesome, faultless and super quick. It was great to have Tony (Kanaan) with us too. It’s never easy to join a new team and race around Le Mans but he trusted us all and we became a strong team very quickly.”

The #66 Ford GT, raced by Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (US), was the top Ford qualifier in third, and was very competitive early before an on-track incident caused the car to go off-road and be damaged, losing significant time in the pits.

The trio, which won the WEC season-opening race at Spa, battled back to finish seventh in class, scoring valuable championship points.  They now sit fourth in the standings.

“We gave it everything today,” said Pla. “We pushed so hard as we had to recover when we lost two laps early on (due to suspension damage suffered when Billy Johnson had contact with a prototype). We had high expectations for this race. The Porsche was strong, but we had a good car for the battle and all I can say is thanks to the guys on our car because they did a fantastic job.

“Apart from that costly contact, nobody put a foot wrong so it’s disappointing that we spent the race fighting back rather than fighting from the front.  Stefan (Mücke) as always did a great job and now we’ll focus on the WEC Super Season. In terms of the WEC Championship we actually finished fourth today so, added to our win at Spa, we have a good amount of points to build on throughout the rest of the season.”

The #69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Richard Westbrook (UK) and Scott Dixon (NZ), who were trying for a rare 24-hour double after their victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this year, were running sixth with two hours to go before being hit with gearbox issues. The team repaired the car to allow it to finish the race.

“I think we battled hard. We certainly just seemed to lack a little bit of the pace through the night,” said Briscoe. “I think with our set-up and the combination of losing a little bit of track position, that hit us twice as hard when you lose the safety car lines. We lost touch with the leaders, but we were racing hard and hanging in there. We were going to have a great battle right until the end with Corvette. I had a really fun race. It just love driving on this race track. It’s so intense. It’s such a competitive field, literally pushing you out there to drive as hard as you can for 24 hours.”

Although not a victory, Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports, was impressed with the team’s effort today.

“You want to win every race you compete in, but to come here, the world’s hardest sports car race, and see the effort that Ford Chip Ganassi Racing put in was great,” said Rushbrook. “They fought hard all day, finished third on the podium for the third straight year and for the third straight year all our cars finished.  It’s unfortunate that most of the GTE Pro field got caught out by that early safety car because it changed the dynamic of the race. But we have to be proud of what this team did.”

“We brought competitive cars here and I was happy with that aspect, but this is a race where you need a little bit of lady luck on your side, and unfortunately this time around we didn’t have that,” said Chip Ganassi, owner, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “We got separated from the pace car on one occasion, and then held back in a few of the slow zones, and that was costly. The leaders didn’t have to deal with that, and they benefited from the situation. I was a little disappointed with that, but that’s the way it goes here. Le Mans picks its winner. And it just didn’t pick us this year.”

*Courtesy of Ford Performance