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Superspeedway Testing Key in Developing Rules Package For 2013 NASCAR Fusion
DEARBORN – It’s only been a month since the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season came to an end, but teams and fans alike are already looking forward to what lies ahead next year with the debut of cars like the all-new 2013 NASCAR Fusion.
Sampler Day Success for New Formula Ford
BRENTWOOD, UK - The first 22 drivers eager to try the new Formula Ford EcoBoost 200 chassis went behind the wheel at Silverstone on Saturday.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski Talks About Switching to Ford
CHARLOTTE - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion, held a press conference during a break in testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway this afternoon. He spoke about a variety of issues, including the change to Ford and having Joey Logano as his new teammate.
Q&A with Joey Logano on Testing the New 2013 NASCAR Fusion
CHARLOTTE - Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion, is getting accustomed to his new team at Penske Racing and a switch in manufacturers with Ford. Logano talked about both issues as part of a Q&A session on the second day of testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the new 2013 NASCAR Fusion.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 11/16/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Nov. 16-18. Greg Biffle finished 5th to lead the Fusions at Ford Championship Weekend (NSC). Biffle finished 5th and Matt Kenseth 7th in the final standings. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. became the sixth driver in series history to win consecutive championships (NNS) with a 6th place finish at Homestead. Ford Falcon drivers grabbed two podiums at Winton Motor Raceway (V8SC).
All-New 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium Pace Car Set to Pace Ford EcoBoost 400 with Rock Star Kid Rock Behind the Wheel
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium, which will serve as official pace car of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will not only be driven off the race track and into the driveway of one lucky fan thanks to a combined effort between Ford and Sprint, but will now be driven at the track by celebrity pace driver Kid Rock.
2013 Fusion Hybrid And EcoBoost F-150 Round Out Pace Vehicle Lineup for Ford Championship Weekend
HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The all-new 2013 Fusion Hybrid and popular EcoBoost F-150 pickup truck have been added as pace vehicles for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18.
2013 NASCAR Fusion Gets Final Stamp of Approval As Next- Generation Stock Car Project Heads Down the Homestretch
DEARBORN – “If you build it, he will come.”
Changan Ford Receives Fifth CTCC Trophy in Seven Years
SHANGHAI, China — Despite already securing their fourth consecutive Manufacturer’s title during the penultimate round of the China Touring Car Championships (CTCC), the Changan Ford Racing team continued to show their relentless pursuit of success in the season’s final stop.
Latvala Clinches Third in Championship with Spanish Podium
SALOU, Spain - Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished second in Rally de España yesterday to secure third place in the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship. The Finns ended this 13th and final round of the series just 7.0sec from victory in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car to clinch a top three series finish for the second time in their careers.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 11/9/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Nov. 9-11. Greg Biffle finished 7th in Phoenix as Brad Keselowski opened up a 20-point championship lead (NSC). Courtney Force fell in the finals to conclude the season in Pomona (NHRA). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished third and enjoys a 20-point lead heading into Ford Championship Week (NNS). Jari-Matti Latvala finished second to wrap up the 2012 schedule in Spain (WRC).
Tanner Foust Clinches Second Consecutive GRC Championship with 1-2 Fiesta Finish at Las Vegas Finale
LAS VEGAS – With a dominant victory in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) finale, Fiesta driver Tanner Foust took home his second consecutive GRC Driver's Championship on a special course built across the street from the annual SEMA Show.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 10/26/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 26-28. Aric Almirola was the surprise at Martinsville with a career-best tying fourth place finish. Matt Kenseth (8th) and Greg Biffle (9th) continue to hang in the top-10 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with three races remaining (NSC). Courtney Force reached the semis at NHRA Las Vegas.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 10/19/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 19-21. Matt Kenseth won for the second time in three races, picking up the victory at Kansas (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. helped Ford sweep the NASCAR weekend at Kansas with his sixth victory of the season. Will Davison won the second Gold Coast race and Mark Winterbottom added a pair of third-place finishes (V8SC). Fiestas finish second through fourth in Rally Italy (WRC).
Changan Ford Racing Team Wins Fourth Consecutive Manufacturer’s Title
SHANGHAI, China — Changan Ford Racing team has continued its dominance of the China Touring Car Championships, winning its fourth consecutive Manufacturer’s title in advance during this year’s penultimate stop in Shanghai. The team has now won five championships in seven years.
Ford to Withdraw as a Title Sponsor from the FIA World Rally Championship after 2012
COLOGNE, Germany - Ford of Europe has announced that it will withdraw from the FIA World Rally Championship as a title sponsor after the 2012 season.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 10/12/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 12-14. Justin Pawlak fell in the finals and Vaughn Gittin Jr. lost in the round of 32 in the final round of the season (Formula Drift). Gittin Jr. finished second, Pawlak fourth, in the final standings. Greg Biffle continues his charge up the standings with a fourth-place finish in Charlotte (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. suffered damage on the rear spoiler to cost him seven spots, but still registered a top-10 finish in Charlotte (NNS).
Ford Expands Support for Professional Drifting; Announces Official Partnership with Formula DRIFT
IRWINDALE, Calif. – Ford is expanding its involvement in professional drifting competition by becoming an official partner of Formula DRIFT and the 2013 Formula DRIFT championship.
Happy Birthday Ford Racing!
Tuesday, Oct. 10 - is the 111th Birthday of the Ford Racing program, the date Henry Ford raced his one and only race, and upset the greatest racer in America - Alexander Winton - in a 10-mile match at Grosse Pointe, Mich. The victory earned Mr. Ford $1,000 and a cut-glass punch bowl, but more importantly, helped him attract the investors to start the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Here's a video of Edsel B. Ford II telling the story of his great-grandfather's race.
Latvala Secures Second in France
STRASBOURG, France - Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila matched their career-best performance on asphalt when they finished second in Rallye de France. The Ford World Rally Team duo finished just 15.5sec from victory in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car, to equal the second place they secured in Germany in August.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 10/5/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Oct. 5-7. Matt Kenseth won his 23rd career Sprint Cup event at Talladega (NSC). The final three rounds of elimination were rained out in Reading, PA, with John Force and Mike Neff still standing (NHRA). Mark Winterbottom finished 11th at the Bathurst 1000, dropping him out of a championship points lead tie and into third (V8SC). Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in Rally France to move into third place in the driver’s standings (WRC).
Track Testing Enables Ford Teams to Gather Crucial Data for 2013 NASCAR Fusion as Countdown to Daytona Continues
DEARBORN – While advances in computer simulation models and wind tunnel technology have given race teams the ability to predict what conditions they may encounter on any given weekend, there’s no real substitute for actual on-track testing.
Tanner Foust Wins Round 5 of Global Rallycross Championship and Ford Clinches Second Consecutive Manufacturer Title
LAS VEGAS – With a first-place finish at Global Rallycross Championship Round 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Tanner Foust clinched his third podium this season in the Rockstar Energy Etnies / OMSE Fiesta and secured the Discount Tire-America’s Tire Cup.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 9/29/2012
DEARBORN - Highlights: Tanner Foust picked up a win in Round Five at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Brian Deegan made it a 1-2 finish for Fiesta (GRC). Tim Wilkerson advanced to the semifinals as the highest-finishing Ford Mustang (NHRA). Greg Biffle (16th) and Matt Kenseth (35th) struggled at Dover while Carl Edwards grabbed his first top-five finish since the season’s fifth week (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Michael Annett each grabbed top-10 finishes in Dover (NNS). the Grand-Am series wrapped up its 2012 season, with Ryan Dalziel (Rolex DP - 2nd) as the highest-finishing Ford in the championship hunts.
EcoBoost Campaign Involving Ford Motorsport Vehicles Around the World Highlights 2012 Season
DEARBORN – While winning races and championships is the yearly goal at Ford Racing, another major point of emphasis this season was “boosting” the visibility of EcoBoost, Ford’s latest engine technology for its global production vehicles.
Ford Rally Team In Action in Rallye de France
STRASBOURG, France - The final all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship season in France next week allows the Ford World Rally Team the opportunity to further improve its sealed-surface performance.
Changan Ford Makes History with CTCC Victory in Guangdong
ZHAOQING, China — The Changan Ford Racing Team has become the first manufacturer to win 25 team victories in the history of the China Touring Car Championship (CTCC).
Wales Rally GB Win Proves Fiesta’s Pace
BRENTWOOD, UK - Ford World Rally Team technical director Christian Loriaux has said he had known all year that a dominant performance of the type seen on Wales Rally GB was possible from the Fiesta RS WRC.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 9/21/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Sept. 21-23. Bob Tasca III picked up his first win of 2012 at Texas (NHRA). Chris Duplessis won the 2WD championship by claiming victory at Olympus and Ken Block made it 2-for-2 in victories in the open class (Rally America). Tanner Foust finished sixth in Finland (ERC). The World Touring Car Championship made its first visit to American soil in Sonoma, Calif. Matt Kenseth (14th) and Greg Biffle (18th) struggled with handling in the second week of the Chase (NSC). Michael Annett (7th) finished in the top-10 in Kentucky (NNS).
Latvala Wins Wales Rally GB
BRENTWOOD, UK - Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila have won Wales Rally GB for the second consecutive season. The Finns triumphed in this 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 27.8 seconds in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car, securing their seventh world rally victory after three days of competition through slippery Welsh forests.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 9/14/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Sept. 14-16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. picked up his fifth win of the season and took over the points lead in Chicago (NNS). Jari-Matti Latvala claimed victory for the second-consecutive season at Rally GB (WRC) as part of a two-Fiesta podium. Mark Winterbottom finished second and moved into a tie for the championship lead (V8SC). Mike Neff fell in the finals at Charlotte (NHRA). Greg Biffle (13th) and Matt Kenseth (18th) experienced separate struggles in the opening weekend of The Chase in Chicago (NSC).
Ford Going Strong into Motorsports Playoff Season
DEARBORN - Ford is entering the playoff season in motorsports, and we’re playing to win, according to Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing.
Ford Fiesta Pair Primed to Continue Rally GB Success Story
CARDIFF - Ford World Rally Team enters this week’s new-look Wales Rally GB (13 - 16 September) bidding to add to its long list of successes in one of the sport’s classic events. The Blue Oval has claimed the top step of the podium on 10 occasions since the launch of the FIA World Rally Championship in 1973, a record unmatched by any other manufacturer.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 9/7/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Sept. 7-9. Mike Neff beat Tim Wilkerson in an All-Ford Final in a rain-delayed U.S. Nationals (NHRA) … Wilkerson’s finals run pushed him into The Countdown past fellow Ford driver Bob Tasca III. Five Mustangs qualified for The Countdown, led by Robert Hight in second (-30). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second and Michael Annett fifth at Richmond (NNS). Matt Kenseth (fifth) and Greg Biffle (ninth) finished in the top-10 in Richmond (NSC). Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose came up short in their final bid for NASCAR’s postseason. Ian James and Roger Miller drove their Mustang Boss 302R to a fifth-place finish Mustang at Laguna Seca (GRAND-AM CTSCC). Ryan Dalziel and Alex Tagliani finished third at Laguna Seca (GRAND-AM Rolex).
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost Powered Race Car Leaves Supercars in its Wake at Famed Nürburgring Circuit
COLOGNE, Germany – Ford’s tiny but feisty 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is the reason why a unique road-going Formula Ford race car has scored one of the fastest lap times ever at Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 8/31/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Aug. 31- Sept. 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. picked up his fourth victory of the season in Atlanta (NNS). Matt Kenseth finished ninth and Greg Biffle escaped Atlanta with the points lead thanks to a 15th place finish (NSC). Carl Edwards suffered a blown engine on lap 265, after running in the top-10 most of the day. The U.S. Nationals were postponed until next weekend due to rain.
Team Ford Racing Take Three Podium Finishes at Zwartkops
PRETORIA, South Africa —Team Ford Racing 2012 faced a tough challenge at the Bridgestone Production Car Championship, which took place at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria, but emerged with three podium finishes.
Latvala Claims Second Place For Ford in Germany
TRIER, Germany - Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila claimed a career-best result on asphalt when they finished second in Rallye Deutschland on Sunday.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 8/24/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Aug. 24-27. Greg Biffle held onto the points lead and both he and Matt Kenseth clinched spots in The Chase (NSC). Marcos Ambrose claimed his third-consecutive top-five finish at Bristol, crossing the line in fifth (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second at Bristol and inched closer to the points lead (NNS). Mark Winterbottom closed to within a point of the championship lead (V8SC). Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in Rally Deutschland (WRC). Vaughn Gittin Jr. finished third in Las Vegas and widened his championship lead heading into the final event of 2012 (Formula D).
Ford Trucks Participates in Historic Rally dos Sertões
SÃO BERNARDO DO CAMPO, Brazil - Ford Trucks historically participates in 10 days of the Rally dos Sertões, the largest off-road competition in Latin America. Competing in the Commercial Vehicle category, the official Ford Racing Trucks/Território Motorsport team participates in the Rally mainly with the New Cargo 1933 4x4 heavy truck, called "Monster" for its robustness.
Martinsville Speedway Test Session Provides First On-Track Look of NASCAR-Approved 2013 Fusion Stock Car
DEARBORN – Now that the 2013 NASCAR Fusion has been approved for competition next year, it’s time for the drivers and teams to see how good it can be on the track.
Changan Ford Continues to Lead CTCC after Ordos
ORDOS, China — The Changan Ford Racing Team maintained its lead in the 2012 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) after Rainy He finished third at the Ordos International Circuit last weekend.
FPR Car of the Future Joins EcoBoost Family
SYDNEY - Ford Performance Racing’s first Car of the Future (COTF) Falcon will run in Ford’s EcoBoost motorsport livery when it takes to the track joining other Ford squads around the world currently running the colour scheme including teams in NASCAR and the World Rally Championship.
Ford Rally Duo in Action in Germany
TRIER, Germany - Ford World Rally Team’s drivers have prepared for this week’s opening pure asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Germany by fine-tuning their sealed surface technique at a race circuit in France. Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg covered almost 1,000km of driving, during which they received expert tuition ahead of Rallye Deutschland (23 - 26 August). .
Biffle Wins Big in the Blue Oval's Backyard
BROOKLYN, Mich. – Greg Biffle led the Sprint Cup points for 11 straight races in the first half of the season but still saw himself as gliding along under the radar.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 8/17/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Aug. 17-19. Greg Biffle made it consecutive victories for Ford Fusion with his third-career victory at Michigan (NSC). Biffle takes over the Sprint Cup points lead, and Matt Kenseth makes it a 1-2 Roush Fenway tandem at the top. Biffle took advantage when Jimmy Johnson suffered a blown engine while running in the lead in the final laps (WATCH: http://ow.ly/d50fW). John Force reached the finals at Brainerd but fell to Ron Capps (NHRA). Billy Johnson finished eighth to lead the Mustangs at Montreal in his 2012 Nationwide debut (NNS). Ozz Negri/John Pew were the top-finishing Ford-powered DP at Montreal, crossing the line in sixth (GRAND-AM Rolex). (ERC).
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 8/10/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Aug. 10-12. A Ford Racing sweep at Watkins Glen this weekend: Carl Edwards (NNS), Marcos Ambrose (NSC) and Ryan Dalziel/Lucas Luhr (GRAND-AM Rolex) won races at The Glenn - watch the exciting finish of Ambrose’s victory at http://ow.ly/cV4Ja.Tanner Foust claimed 6th in Holland (ERC).
Roush Yates to Provide Ford FR9 NASCAR Engines to Penske Racing
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Roush Yates Engines announced today that it will provide Ford FR9 engines to Penske Racing beginning with the 2013 NASCAR season.
Latvala Claims Rally Finland Podium For Ford
JYVASKYLA, Finland - Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila claimed a podium finish for Ford World Rally Team on their home round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Finland yesterday. They crewed a Fiesta RS World Rally Car to third in Rally Finland, while team-mates Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson finished fourth in a similar car.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 8/3/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for Aug. 3-5. Courtney Force picked up her first career Funny Car event victory by edging Matt Hagan in the finals in Seattle (NHRA). Carl Edwards led the Fusions with a seventh-place finish in a rain-shortened event in Pocono (NSC). Michael Annett (4th) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5th) each finished in the top-5 at Pocono (NNS). Tanner Foust finished second in Belgium. Bradley Morris and Marty Hart registered victories for the Ford Trucks (LOORS). Fiestas finished 3rd-9th in Finland (WRC). Mark Winterbottom picked up a pair of second-place finishes in his Falcon (V8SC).
Tasca Joins Global EcoBoost Movement at Pacific Raceways with Distinctive White, Black and Ford Blue Paint Scheme
SEATTLE – Ford Motor Company’s worldwide EcoBoost Movement hits the world’s fastest motorsport – the NHRA Full Throttle Series – in this weekend’s race at Pacific Raceways.
Ford Rally Family Grows in Finland
DEARBORN – EcoBoost is taking over the world – at least when it comes to Ford Motor Company’s motorsports program in the month of August.
2013 NASCAR Approval
DEARBORN - NASCAR announced earlier today (July 30) that all four manufacturer submitted 2013 car models have been approved by the series to begin racing next season, and that the OEMs may now start building parts for those cars. The 2013 Ford Fusion, which was first unveiled in January of this year, was one of the four designs officially approved to go NASCAR racing beginning at the 2013 Daytona 500. Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison commented on what the approval means for Ford and the sport going forward.
Ford EcoBoost Will be Seen Around the World During Multi-Weekend Motorsport Promotion in August
DEARBORN – EcoBoost is taking over the world – at least when it comes to Ford Motor Company’s motorsports program in the month of August.
Computational Fluid Dynamics Another Key Tool In Development of 2013 NASCAR Fusion
DEARBORN – To say that CFD is easy as 1-2-3 would probably be an overstatement, but the numbers this computer method generated in regards to the 2013 NASCAR Fusion was music to the ears of Ford Racing.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 7/20/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for July 20 - 22. Vaughn Gittin Jr. won his second straight event to climb into first place in the championship standings (Formula D). Courtney Force reached her second finals of her rookie season (NHRA). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started from the pole and dominated in Chicago, but finished second (NNS).
Lichtenstein Takes Euro Formula Ford Title
ZANDVOOT, Holland – Eric Lichtenstein was crowned Formula Ford EuroCup king following three incident-packed races at Zandvoort at the weekend.
Changan Ford Racing Perform Strongly at Wet Ordos
ORDOS, China — The Changan Ford Racing Team maintained its position at top of the manufacturing leader board after a strong performance in the fourth round of the 2012 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) at the Ordos International Circuit.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 7/13/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for July 13 - 15. Chris Duplessis finished second at New England Forest Rally and will claim the 2012 2WD championship by merely starting the final event (Rally America). Brian Deegan finished third and Tanner Foust held onto the points lead with a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire (GRC). Greg Biffle finished ninth to lead the Fusions at New Hampshire and Matt Kenseth retains the points lead (NSC). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fifth at New Hampshire (NNS).
Ford World Rally Team Update
FARY, France - Ford World Rally Team has been ramping up preparations for the second half of the season with a four day tarmac test at Circuit des Ecuyeres in Fary, France.
Gymkhana FIVE is Live
COLOGNE, Germany – Gymkhana FIVE, the latest viral video offering from world rally star Ken Block, made a stunning global debut this week.
Ford Racing Weekend Results - 6/29/2012
DEARBORN - Weekend racing results for June 29 - July 1, 2012. Ken Block (silver medal) and Brian Deegan (bronze) led the Ford Fiestas at X Games 18 (GRC).John Force was the No.1 qualifier and Courtney Force reached the finals in Joliet (NHRA). Michael Annett (p4) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (p8) both finished in the top-10 in Kentucky (NNS). Matt Kenseth was the top Ford finisher at Kentucky in seventh (NSC). The No. 8 Starworks DP finished third at the Six Hours at the Glen (GRAND-AM).