Doug Hervey - Ford interview 2009-11-17

This Week in Ford Racing: NASCAR Edition November 17, 2009 Ford's new FR9 engine will make its first non-restrictor-plate appearance this weekend when it powers David Ragan's No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami...

This Week in Ford Racing: NASCAR Edition
November 17, 2009

Ford's new FR9 engine will make its first non-restrictor-plate appearance this weekend when it powers David Ragan's No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The FR9 debuted (in Ragan's No. 6 and Matt Kenseth's No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion) a few weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway. Ford Racing Technology North American Operations Manager Doug Hervey talks about the FR9's first open-track race.

DOUG HERVEY -- North American Operations Manager, Ford Racing Technology

"The new engine will be in the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion with David Ragan."

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT WILL RUN ON AN OPEN TRACK. LOGISTICALLY, IS THAT A BIG CHANGE FROM ITS DEBUT AT TALLADEGA, A RESTRICTOR-PLATE TRACK? "It's a different durability cycle that we had to run, and we wanted to make sure that the cooling system was optimized for the performance of the engine, in terms of its power output. And we feel somewhat pleased with how its gone so far, so we're going to introduce it this weekend at Miami-Homestead Speedway for Ford Championship Weekend."

THIS WILL GIVE YOU A HEAD START ON 2010, CORRECT? HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT? "Well, it gives us a good look at how the engine will perform on the track. You know, the engine has been tested on a dyno with race-durability runs -- so, it has simulated racing, but it hasn't been out in the environment. This is going to great. This is going to be a good test for us to see how the engine performs on track, because during the dyno-simulations runs we can't simulate the "dirty air," if you will, and all the environmental conditions that the engine will see. So, this will give us a good barometer for where we are at with the engine."

WHAT WAS LEARNED ABOUT THE NEW ENGINE AFTER THE TALLADEGA RACE? "We learned that our pre-race durability testing and reliability testing was spot-on. When we tore down the motor we looked at certain areas of the motor, and they looked great from an inspection standpoint. So, we were very pleased with the tear-down results of the motor, and we are looking forward to doing power development with the motor as we go forward."

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING IN THAT POST-RACE INSPECTION THAT YOU DIDN'T EXPECT TO FIND? ANY SURPRISES? "No. It was actually exactly what we had hoped we would see, so there were no surprises. Actually, we were pleasantly surprised that there wasn't a small area that needed some tweaking or some modification, so if there was a surprise, that would be a good surprise, because we didn't see any of that. From the restrictor-plate version, we were very happy with the motor."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , David Ragan