FF: Roush-Yates to support engine program

ROUSH-YATES ENGINES TO SUPPORT ENGINE PROGRAM FOR USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET RACING PROGRAM DEARBORN, Mich., (April 23, 2008) -- Roush-Yates Engines will be the new sole authorized engine rebuilder for the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series, as ...

ROUSH-YATES ENGINES TO SUPPORT ENGINE PROGRAM FOR USAC FORD FOCUS MIDGET RACING PROGRAM

DEARBORN, Mich., (April 23, 2008) -- Roush-Yates Engines will be the new sole authorized engine rebuilder for the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series, as announced today by Ford Racing Technology today.

Instituting Roush-Yates Racing Engines as the authorized rebuilder for the Ford engines powering the series reinforces Ford Racing's commitment to the series and to providing competitors world-class quality and service.

"When we approached Doug Yates and his team at Roush-Yates Racing Engines with this opportunity they jumped at the chance to get involved," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. "It was an easy decision for us -- they are the best in the business and have the resources to provide the best possible product to the series, and together, this puts us in a great position to manage the growth of the series."

"This will give us a tremendous opportunity to expand as well as further our involvement in racing," said Jon Giles, general manager of special projects for Roush-Yates Engines. "It puts us a step closer to becoming the complete source for Ford Racing engines."

"To have Roush-Yates Engines as our engine rebuilder will elevate our Ford Focus program to the level of integrity and consistency it commands," said USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller. "We look forward to continued expansion of the Ford Focus program which has, in six short years, graduated to one of the most productive driver development programs in the history of motorsports."

Roush-Yates Engines has been working hard to understand the needs of the USAC Focus Midget Series competitors and will first focus on ensuring the engine rebuild service is available to competitors. Rebuilds on the 2.0L Ford ZETEC engines used in the series will consist of a long block swap during the first phase of the program and cost $3995.00.

"With the series growth and the plans for further expansion, it was necessary to make the engine supplier change," said Davis. "SCREAM has helped get the series to where it is today, but it became evident that a new partner such as RYE was needed to build for the future."

"It's a good stepping stone for us to get in and work with the folks at USAC," said Giles. "This program will provide opportunities for us further down the road to do more projects with them and possibly provide engines for other USAC series."

The process for developing complete engines is still being developed, but Roush-Yates Engines can take inquiries about rebuild services by email at specialprojects@roushyates.com.

Roush-Yates Engines currently develops and builds Ford Racing engines for NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck competition. In addition, it is now developing and building the powerplants for Ford entries in the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype and KONI Challenge sports car series.

The Ford Focus Midget racing program is entering its seventh season of competition. The program, which culminates in the crowning of a National Champion and the presentation of the Henry Ford Sweepstakes Trophy, has witnessed more than 400 events since its debut in 2002, and in 2008 will include regional championships in Indiana, California (2), Utah, the Northeast, the Midwest and under USAC/UMARA auspices.

-credit: ford racing

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Series USAC
Drivers Henry Ford
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