MOORESVILLE, N.C., February 22, 2017 – Twenty-Three teams. Twenty-One drivers. Powered by Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. The official 2017 NASCAR season is about to begin on Thursday, February 23rd with the CAN-AM Duels at Daytona International Speedway.

Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines have been partners for the past 14 years and are on a MISSION. After winning last weekend’s NASCAR Clash with No. 22 Joey Logano, this legendary partnership has accumulated 249 (points and non-points) NASCAR wins (119 Cup Series, 105 Xfinity Series and 25 Camping World Truck Series).

Roush Yates Engines’ history at the Daytona International Speedway dates back to 2004 with the debut of the first race engine by Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance. The No. 16, Greg Biffle of Roush Racing won his first career Cup Series pole and No. 38, Elliott Sadler of Robert Yates Racing started outside on the front row, both cars running engines built by Roush Yates Engines.

“It has been a busy and exciting off-season,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines.

“In addition to adding Stewart-Haas Racing to the family and understanding the 2017 format changes, we have been focused on learning as much as we can in order to adapt to the new formats and develop a solid race strategy. It’s go time now!”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a strong contingent of drivers piloting the Ford Mustangs with the Ford FR9 Carb engine. Returning fulltime drivers Bubba Wallace Jr. and Ryan Reed from Roush Fenway Racing, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney in the Team Penske stable and the newcomer Cole Custer for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Camping World Truck Series will also be showcasing several up and coming drivers in Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe from Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) team. These two drivers are part of the new NASCAR multi-tiered development program launched between Ford Performance and BKR.

“It’s going to be a very competitive year of racing,” said Jamie McNaughton, Technical Director of Roush Yates Engines. ”With the new format and rules package, our team has done a great job preparing during the off-season to further develop our engines as we determine new ways to win races with our Roush Yates Engines’ powered teams.”
The teams are geared up and ready to build on the last weekend’s winning momentum.