This Week in Ford Racing Three of the last four winning cars in the Grand-Am Rolex Series have had a Roush Yates Engine in them. In the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series, Roush Yates Engines have one team tied for first in the standings and ...
This Week in Ford Racing
Three of the last four winning cars in the Grand-Am Rolex Series have had a Roush Yates Engine in them. In the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series, Roush Yates Engines have one team tied for first in the standings and another team that is only two points out of first place. Ford is also positioned just two points behind for the lead in the manufacturer standings. John Maddox, manager of Cammer engine programs at Roush Yates Engines, talks about the respective programs.
THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING VERY WELL IN THE ROLEX SERIES LATELY AS YOUR ENGINES HAVE PRODUCED THREE OF THE LAST FOUR WINNERS. "As predicted, when you put good teams together with proper engine engineering and proper Ford Racing engineering, you have great results. The results from the teams that have been doing well are directly correlated to how well we do here in the engine shop and how well Pat DiMarco [Vehicle Dynamics and Electronics Supervisor for Ford Racing] and his team do in helping the teams with engineering and modeling and it's the direct result of the way the teams themselves have gotten this data into their team and incorporated into their programs, which are good programs to begin with."
THE TEAMS WERE CLOSE TO THE FRONT ALL SEASON, BUT THE WINS DIDN'T START COMING UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR. WERE THERE ANY CHANGES MADE AT ANY POINT? "There haven't been any changes made. The changes are the teams growing and jelling together. Anytime you make a large change, such as a change in engine manufacturer, it takes awhile for everything to jell and finally things have jelled. The AIM team has jelled as a team as a whole and as a Ford team. They've got the program, they've got the package, and they understand how it works. They had potential good runs earlier in the year. They sat on the pole and were looking at having a win at the Daytona 250 around Fourth of July weekend and they had a flat when they were in the lead. Then the next race was in Birmingham at Barber Motorsports Park. They were in the lead with 12 laps to go and had an engine failure. Those would be two added wins for those guys had they not had those two problems and they've just come together. They're just on top of their game right now. I can't say that we've done anything in the recent months to help them. It's just come together at the right time."
THE KONI PROGRAM HAS BEEN STRONG AS WELL. ONE TEAM IS TIED FOR THE LEAD IN THE STANDINGS, ANOTHER IS JUST TWO POINTS BEHIND AND FORD IS JUST TWO POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD IN THE MANUFACTURER STANDINGS. "The KONI program has been great all year long. We've had some wins and had some good teams running up front. The Hyper Sport team runs up front all the time. Joe Foster's been driving well. Scott Maxwell always drives well. The other team that's doing well is JBS. For a privateer team, the JBS team has come a long way in the last year and they're doing really well. They're running up front and they're in the points chase. They're just an addition to good times."
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