ROUSH YATES ENGINES 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW!
MOORESVILLE, NC, December 8, 2016 – The 2016 race season was filled with many accomplishments for Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance, powering 17 race teams across 6 diverse race series, in 9 countries and 3 continents.
2016 Season: 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 27 WINS – 24 POLES!
“It has been a tremendous year and we have a lot to build on for 2017,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “To be part of a world-class team with Ford Performance has given us the opportunity to achieve some of motorsports biggest victories; winning Talladega, the NASCAR All-Star race, Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We also achieved two big milestones; our 100th Cup points win and 250th overall poles with Ford Motor Company. This year’s achievements have been a true testament to the determination and hard work of our entire team and to be able to share this with my dad and Jack is truly special.”
A special congratulations to Jack Roush for receiving the 2016 Buddy Shuman Award, for the vital role he has played in the growth of professional stock car racing over his illustrious career.
Roush Yates Engines was recognized by Professional Motorsports World as a Top Ten Engine Builder of the decade for their achievements and innovations over the past 10 years in the motorsport industry.
In addition, Race Tech Motorsports Engineering, in the UK awarded the team with a Special Achievement award related to their work on the twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost race engine.
Over the course of the 2016 season, the signature Ford FR9 EFI and FR9 Carb race engines accumulated a total of 15 overall wins and 10 pole positions across the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
In addition, the Ford Shelby GT350R-C race engine took the Ford Shelby Mustang to three (3) Championships, six (6) wins and six (6) poles in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series
Brad Keselowski driver of the No. 2 and the No. 22 of Joey Logano, started Team Penske’s 50th Anniversary year out by making it a 1-2 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The No. 22, Logano brought home the 2016 All-Star trophy at Charlotte Motor Speedway to share with the entire Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines family.
The No. 22 would go on to sweep Michigan in the Spring. Logano from the pole, powered his way to victory circle and won the OEM Heritage Trophy at Michigan International Speedway. This win marked a big milestone for Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance, achieving their 100th NASCAR Cup points win as partners since 2003.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 98 Biagi DenBeste Ford Mustang won his first Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.
The Ford Shelby GT350R-C had a stellar year in the IMSA series. The No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports co-drivers, Billy Johnson / Scott Maxwell won an outstanding six (6) races and six (6) poles and achieved the pinnacle in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series by winning the Grand Sport class Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championships.
Maxwell was crowned the new pole record holder and Billy Johnson now holds the all-time win record.
2016 also marked the inaugural race year for the Ford GT. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teams were firing on all cylinders, bringing home the first IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship win with the Ford GT supercar in the Monterey Grand Prix.
In addition, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – US team traveled abroad to race with their sister team (Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK) in the FIA Series for one race in Le Mans, France. Although their number plates were modified to No. 68 and No. 69 the teams came out strong. The No. 68 team of Joey Hand / Dirk Müller / Sébastien Bourdais, sitting from the pole position, achieved the pinnacle of Road Racing victories by winning the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans. They achieved this on Ford’s 50th Anniversary of winning their first Le Mans in 1966.
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – UK drivers of the No. 66 Stefan Mücke / Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx / Harry Tincknell drivers of the No. 67 Ford GTs would not be out done. They also collected a set of back-to-back poles and 1-2 podium finishes in Fuji, Japan and Shanghai, China to wrap up the World Endurance Championship season.
The No. 67 of Priaulx / Tincknell took the pole in Shanghai and achieved Roush Yates Engines’ 250th overall motorsports pole. This was quickly punctuated on the other side of the world in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Texas, by Keselowski driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang.