Penske Racing to Use Roush Yates Ford Engines in 2013
August 6, 2012
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2012) - Roush Yates Engines announced today that it will provide Ford FR9 engines to Penske Racing beginning with the 2013 NASCAR season.
Penske Racing announced earlier this year that it would be returning to Ford Racing in 2013 in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
"It's truly an honor to provide Penske Racing with Roush Yates Ford engines," said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates. "I have always admired Roger Penske as a team owner and a respected businessman in our sport and beyond. I am looking forward to many wins, championships, and other successes in supporting the Penske organization."
Penske Racing fielded Ford entries from 1991 through 2002.
"Ford has been consistent in its belief that we will be stronger with one engine specification rather than continuing with an independent approach," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. "Roush Yates has a proven record and we are looking forward to many successes together."
Penske Racing's decision effectively supports a "One Ford" aspect that top officials at Ford Motor Company see as a key to continued success.
"We are very pleased that Penske Racing has decided to use Roush Yates' FR9 engines as they re-join Ford starting in 2013," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "This aligns well with the spirit of One Ford; having a unified One Ford engine program in NASCAR allows us to apply all of our technical resources into one program benefitting all Ford teams. We believe the FR9 has proven to be a strong engine and by taking the input from our teams and drivers at Roush Fenway, Penske Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and the Wood Brothers, we know that input, along with the knowledge and technical skills of Ford and Roush Yates, led by Doug Yates, will only make our engine program even more competitive in the future."
Roush Yates has a history of delivering immediate benefits.
In 2004, Roush and Yates combined their respective Ford engine programs to provide engine packages available to all Ford Racing teams. In its first year of operations, Roush Yates powered Roush Fenway Racing's No. 97 team to the Sprint Cup Series Championship.
"The ability to work with another championship-caliber organization will take our engine program to a greater level," Yates said. "We have always prided ourselves in providing consistent power to all of our teams and I am confident that Roush Yates will be stronger as a result of this new relationship."