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 Motorsports News and Information - 2011 News Archive: April-September

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DEARBORN -- Check out all of the motorsports news and information from April-September.  For the latest news visit the Motorsports page.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 9/23/2011
Updated: Sept-26-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Sept. 23 - 25, 2011. Greg Biffle led four Ford-powered drivers in the top-10 with a third-place finish at New Hampshire, including Chase participants Matt Kenseth (P6) and Carl Edwards (P8). Bob Tasca III advanced to the round of eight in the Texas NHRA Nationals.

Double Win for Changan Ford Racing 
Updated: Sept-22-2011
SHANGHAI, China — Following a two-month summer break, the Changan Ford Racing Team has continued to dominate the 2011 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC), winning its fourth race of the season to put the team on track to win the championship.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 9/16/2011
Updated: Sept-19-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Sept. 16 - 19, 2011.

Q&A with Jamie Allison - Championship Season 
Updated: Sept-19-2011
DEARBORN - @Ford Online recently sat down with Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, to discuss Ford Motor Company's motorsport success this season as well as prospects for capturing the championship in several series.  Below is an excerpt from that discussion.

Hirvonen and Latvala Steer Ford to First And Second in Australia 
Updated: Sept-12-2011
AUSTRALIA - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team claimed a dominant one-two finish in Rally Australia.  Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen won this 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 14.7sec in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car, ahead of fellow Finns Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in a similar car.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 9/9/2011
Updated: Sept-12-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Sept. 9 - 11, 2011.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 9/2/2011
Updated: Sept-6-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Sept. 2 - 5, 2011.

Ken Block’s Gymkhana FOUR H.F.H.V. Fiesta Goes Even Higher Tech with Addition of Ford SYNC
Updated: Aug-29-2011
DEARBORN – Ken Block is known as a trendsetter, certainly when it comes to his on-the-edge driving. Be it in the World Rally Championship or in his recently released Gymkhana FOUR video on YouTube, he is ahead of the curve. Now, Block and the Monster World Rally Team are on the leading edge of technology as their multidiscipline rally H.F.H.V. (Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle) Ford Fiesta is equipped with Ford SYNC®.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 8/26/2011
Updated: Aug-29-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Aug. 26 - 28, 2011.

Hirvonen Heads Ford Challenge After Tough Weekend in Germany
Updated: Aug-22-2011
Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished fourth in Rallye Deutschland as the opening asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship season delivered a tough encounter. Their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car headed the team's challenge as colleagues Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished 14th following a hugely frustrating weekend.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 8/19/2011
Updated: Aug-22-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Aug. 19 - 21, 2011.

Mulally to Wave Green Flag for NSC Pure Michigan 400 
Updated: Aug-19-2011
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally will wave the green flag as honorary starter for this Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Ford Motor Company Unveils Winning Design for Race Car Paint Scheme Contest Benefiting JDRF
Updated: Aug-19-2011
DEARBORN – Seven-year-old Katie Hahn of Omaha, Neb. used every crayon in the box when she created her entry for the “JDRF Race Car Design Contest,” hosted by the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  She named it “Driving Our Way to a Cure.”

Ken Block’s Ford H.F.H.V. Fiesta stars in DC’s Gymkhana FOUR
Updated: Aug-17-2011
DEARBORN — DEARBORN – After starring in the most watched automotive video of 2010, Ken Block and DC’s Gymkhana THREE, Ford Fiesta is back as the reoccurring star in the next chapter of Rally Driver Ken Block’s Gymkhana video series, which debuted on You Tube.

Ford Racing Weekend Results- 8/12/2011
Updated: Aug-15-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Aug. 12 - 14, 2011.

Team Ford Comes Out on Top  
Updated: Aug-11-2011
PRETORIA, South Africa— Team Ford took three on-track race wins and finished first over all for the day in last weekend’s Port Elizabeth on August 8, adding to their already impressive statistics.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-8/5/2011  
Updated: Aug-8-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for Aug. 5 - 7, 2011.

Latvala Second in Rally Finland 
Updated: Aug-1-2011
LAHTI, Finland - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished second in Rally Finland after three days of enthralling competition.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-7/29/2011
Updated: Aug-1-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for July 29 - 31, 2011. 

3-Peat! Ford Fiesta Sweeps X Games RallyCross Podium 
Updated: Aug-1-2011
LOS ANGELES – Ford Fiesta came to the X Games seeking a gold for the third straight year in rally car competition.  This time Fiesta did it in style sweeping the podium with Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust and two-time world champion Marcus Gronholm claiming the 1-2-3 finish.

Ford Brings 'Octane Academy' to Life at X Games 17 
Updated: July-29-2011
LOS ANGELES – Ford is revving its engine to start its new high-performance driving program, Octane Academy, at X Games 17 – the largest assortment of action sports competitions worldwide.

Ken Block Reveals All New, Revolutionary Hybrid Function Race Car at Gymkhana World Tour L.A. 
Updated: July-25-2011
LOS ANGELES – Ken Block revealed his newest weapon—a multi-purpose race car, built specifically to compete in stage rally, rallycross and gymkhana events—this past weekend at the Gymkhana World Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. The Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.), or just ‘Hybrid’ as it has been dubbed, gets its name not from its method of propulsion, but instead from its ability to transform and race at the highest level for each of these motorsport disciplines, making it one of the most unique and versatile competition vehicles ever built.

Four Wins in a Row for Changan Ford Racing Team 
Updated: July-25-2011
ORDOS, China – It seems nothing can stop the Changan Ford Racing Team winning at the moment. After three consecutive victories, the team delivered another extraordinary performance by winning first and third place in the 2011 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) Ordos leg in Inner Mongolia.

Weekand Racing Weekend Results-7/22/2011 
Updated: July-25-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for July 22 - 24, 2011. It was a perfect racing weekend for Mustang as John Force won the NHRA’s Denver Funny Car event, Carl Edwards won the in Nationwide race at Nashville and Billy Johnson and Jack Roush Jr. captured the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge event in New Jersey. Three races three wins for the iconic Mustang.

Artist Ian Cook Captures Key Moments in Ford Racing's 110-Year History 
Updated: July-20-2011
WARWICKSHIRE, England - Ian Cook, a 28-year-old native of the United Kingdom, is helping Ford Racing celebrate its 110th Anniversary by capturing 10 historic Ford race moments with his unique style and brand, Popbang Colour, otherwise known around the U.K. as the guy who uses radio controlled cars to create spectacular pieces of art.

Ford's Facebook Fans Fuel Food Designs for Finnish Rally Fiestas
Updated: July-19-2011
CUMBRIA, England - Thousands of Ford rally fans cast their votes to choose colourful food-themed roof designs for Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's entry cars in this month's Rally Finland. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-7/15/2011
Updated: July-18-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for July 15 - 17, 2011. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-7/8/2011
Updated: July-11-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for July 8 - 10, 2011. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-7/1/2011
Updated: July-4-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for July 1 - 3, 2011.

Changan Ford Racing Team Continues CTCC Success at Chengdu's Home Circ 
Updated: June-27-2011
CHENGDU, China – The Changan Ford Racing Team maintained its leading position in the China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) on July 19, with Rainey He and Andy Yan finishing first and third, respectively.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-6/24/2011
Updated: June-27-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for June 24 - June 26, 2011.

Ford Fiesta and Marcus Gronholm Claim RallyCross Win to Wrap Up Colorado Global RallyCross Weekend
Updated: June-20-2011
FOUNTAIN, United States  – Friday afternoon Marcus Gronholm finished second in the SuperRally competition to Tanner Foust. The second-place podium served as an inspiration for the two-time WRC champion. The next day, Gronholm came out to dominate - , he topped qualifying and led the final race flag-to-flag to deliver Fiesta another Global RallyCross Championship victory in the AWD RallyCross, this time at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Third for Ford in Greece
Updated: June-20-2011
ATHENS, Greece - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished third in the gruelling Acropolis Rally in Greece after a thrilling final leg.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-6/17/2011
Updated: June-20-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for June 17 - June 19, 2011.

Q&A with Brian Deegan - Global RallyCross Championship Debut
Updated: June-17-2011
FOUNTAIN, United States - Brian Deegan has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an action sports Moto X and X Games champion, but like all great champions the drive to compete and succeed reigns supreme. Deegan, looking for the next championship to conquer,  took a big chance two years ago climbing into a Fiesta at X Games with only a handful of four-wheel events (truck) on his resume. He finished fourth in the 2009 X Games as a failed turbo cost him an epic semi-final showdown with his arch- rival Travis Pastrana. A year later Deegan returned to X Games, vanquished Pastrana and took second in SuperRally and RallyCross. Back for a third run at X Games rally gold, the 12 time X Games medalist will make his Global RallyCross Championship debut this weekend in Colorado as a tune up for next month’s X Games 17 in LA. This Week in Ford Racing caught up with ‘The General’ and founder of the Metal Mulisha to talk about his rally program.

All-New 2012 Ford Focus to Serve as Pace Car for the First Time During NASCAR Weekend at Michigan International Speedway
Updated: June-16-2011
DEARBORN – Fuel mileage may be a problem for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers when they come to Michigan International Speedway for this weekend’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, but it will be all green-flag conditions for one fuel-sipping car in the field.

Q&A with Jamie Allison – Ford Racing's 2011 Season
Updated: June-16-2011
DEARBORN - Ford has gotten off to a tremendous start on-track with our NASCAR program this season, with Trevor Bayne and the Wood Brothers winning the Daytona 500 to kick off the year, and Carl Edwards currently leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings coming into this week’s race at Michigan International Speedway.  In addition, Ford's Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is off to a hot start, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in the fight for that series title. Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, talked with @Ford about how the 2011 season and tells fans they should watch for as the season continues.

Edwards Loses It
Updated: June-13-2011
LONG POND, United States — All things considered, Sunday was a challenging day for drivers and teams in the 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-6/10/2011
Updated: June-13-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for June 10 - June 12, 2011.

Ford Looks to Turn Up the Heat as WRC Turns Tough in Greece
Updated: June-10-2011
ATHENS, Greece - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team faces the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Greece next week intent on extending its excellent record in one of the series' classic fixtures.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-6/3/2011
Updated: June-6-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for June 3 - June 5, 2011.

Hirvonen Takes Second in Argentina   
Updated: May-31-2011
ARGENTINA - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished second in Rally Argentina  after a thrilling three-car battle for victory through the final speed test. The Finns missed the top step of the podium by just 2.3sec in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car in one of the closest finishes in FIA World Rally Championship history.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-5/27/2011
Updated: May-31-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for May 27 - May 30, 2011.

Changan Ford Racing Team Off to a Strong Start in 2011 China Touring Car Championship  
Updated: May-25-2011
SHANGHAI, China – Changan Ford Racing Team is revved up and ready to make a strong challenge for the 2011 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) winner’s trophy. Changan Ford Racing Team and its top driver won honours last year, so the excitement and anticipation levels were high at the team’s recent kick-off ceremony for the new season.

Ford Rally Car Leads The Party at Rally Argentina's Fiesta Weekend
Updated: May-23-2011
ARGENTINA - Ford's Fiesta RS World Rally Car has a VIP invitation to one of Argentina's biggest fiesta occasions next weekend.  More than a million Latin Americans will flock into the pampas to watch Rally Argentina (26 - 29 May), and Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's challenger for the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship will be one of the star guests at the party. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-5/20/2011
Updated: May-23-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for May 20 - May 22, 2011.

2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class Has a Distinct Ford Racing Flavor
Updated: May-18-2011
CHARLOTTE, United States - American Hero. Silver Fox. Gentleman Ned. Leader of the Alabama Gang. They’re known by other names or titles, but when you think about the lives and careers of Bud Moore, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett and Bobby Allison, they have many things in common.  On the track, they’ve made multiple trips to victory lane as members of Ford Racing and have all won NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships.  Now, they’ll be forever intertwined off the track as members of the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class. 

Quick Thinking Kenseth Wins
Updated: May-16-2011
Dover, United States — Many are familiar with the old adage about how sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. In NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, sometimes it’s better to be smart than just plain fast, although being fast never hurts, either. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-5/13/2011
Updated: May-16-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for May 13 - May 15, 2011.

Biffle Turning Points into Standings
Updated: May-11-2011
DOVER, United States — When NASCAR announced its new point system before the start of the 2011 season, many wondered how quickly drivers could gain or lose positions from week to week. 

Podium for Hirvonen in Sardia
Updated: May-9-2011
SARDINIA - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished second in Rally Italia Sardegna to maintain their strong challenge in the FIA World Rally Championship. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-5/6/2011
Updated: May-9-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for May 6 - May 8, 2011.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-4/29/2011
Updated: May-2-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for April 29 - May 2, 2011.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-4/22/2011
Updated: April-25-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for April 22-24, 2011.

Ford Racing Weekend Results-4/15/2011
Updated: April-18-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for April 15-17, 2011.

Fiesta Powers Foust and Eriksson to Sweep of Global RallyCross Weekend in Washington
Updated: April-18-2011
SNOQUALMIE, United States – The trio of Ford Fiesta, Andreas Eriksson and Tanner Foust has proven to be quite effective. The Fiesta, driven by Foust and prepared by Eriksson and his Olsbergs MSE team has regularly topped the podium in the early stages of RallyCross here in the United States. This weekend the results were the same but with a twist.

Latvala Edged Out of Jordan Win in World Rallying's Closest Finish
Updated: April-18-2011
JORDAN - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team's Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila missed a dramatic victory in the Jordan Rally by just 0.2sec yesterday after the closest finish in world rallying history.  They held a slender 0.5sec lead in their Fiesta RS World Rally Car ahead of the final desert speed test on the shores of the Dead Sea, but were edged into second by the smallest winning margin in FIA World Rally Championship history.

X Games Champ Tanner Foust Partners with Ford
Updated: April-15-2011
DEARBORN - Over the last few years at X Games, two things have been a constant at the top of the podium – Ford Fiesta and Tanner Foust.  And neither plans on that changing anytime soon. 

"The General" Brian Deegan Joins Ford Racing
Updated: April-13-2011
DEARBORN – At the age of 17, Brian Deegan left his home in Omaha and headed for Southern California with only the F-150 he drove, a credit card and his dirt bike, dreaming of becoming the next big thing in Motocross. That 1989 Ford truck carried him and his dreams halfway across the country and to an entirely new life – the one he pictured growing up in the heartland.  In the 17 years since Deegan has become a recognized innovator of FMX, one of the most decorated X Games athletes and an icon in action sports.  He’s not done yet. Deegan is now looking to take that same competitive fire to four-wheel motorsports and again looks to Ford to help him get there. 

Ford Takes WRC Lead to Jordan
Updated: April-11-2011
JORDAN - Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, enjoying the high of leading both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship, takes its advantage to the lowest point on earth this week.  The Jordan Rally (14 - 16 April) is based on the arid shores of the Dead Sea, 420 metres below sea level, and the desert conditions encountered in this fourth round are unique to the series. 

Justin Pawlak Keeps Mustang on Top in Formula Drift

Updated: April-11-2011
LONG BEACH, United States – All eyes were on the Falken Tire Monster Energy Ford Mustang of defending champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. as the 2011 Formula Drift season kicked off in Long Beach. The problem for the rest of the competitors is they were looking at the wrong Falken Tire Mustang heading into the weekend.

The BOSS is Back in Victory Lane
Updated: April-11-2011
BIRMINGHAM, United States – An iconic Mustang is back in victory lane delivering a race win to the “Blue Oval.”  Multimatic Motorsports’ championship driver duo of Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster claimed the first competition victory for the Boss 302R in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in GRAND-AM at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

Broom Town
Updated: April-11-2011
FORT WORTH, United States — Matt Kenseth snapped a 76-race Sprint Cup winless streak, and gave Roush Fenway Racing’s Ford stable a sweep of the weekend’s NASCAR’s events, with a victory in the Samsung Mobile 500 that bordered on a Saturday night butt-kicking. 
 
 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-4/8/2011
Updated: April-11-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for April 8-10, 2011. 

Ford Motorsport Stars Launch DiRT 3 Video Game
Updated: April-8-2011
BRENTWOOD, England – Ford rally driver Mikko Hirvonen shared top billing with internet stunt driving star Ken Block at the launch of Codemasters’ DiRT 3 video game in London today.

Cape Town Success for Team Ford Racing
Updated: April-7-2011
PRETORIA, South Africa — The second round of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship at Killarney was highly successful for Team Ford Racing. Gary Formato and Shaun Duminy were able to secure a total of five podium finishes between them, resulting in a first and second place finish for Ford.

Q&A with Matt Kenseth – 2011 Season Update and Upcoming Race at Texas Motor Speedway
Updated: April-6-2011
FORT WORTH, United States - Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion, currently stands ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with one pole and three top-10 finishes in the first six races this season.  Kenseth has also been successful at Texas Motor Speedway.  In 17 starts at the 1.5-mile track, he has posted 11 top-10 finishes including a win in 2002.  Kenseth recently talked about the upcoming weekend and his season to date. 

Q&A with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. – Racing at Texas Motor Speedway
Updated: April-6-2011
FORT WORTH, United States - Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. goes into this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway leading the point standings for the first time in his career.  He spoke with Ford Racing about that accomplishment and how he has turned things around from a year ago.

Focus Makes Impressive BTCC Debut
Updated: April-4-2011
BRANDS HATCH, England – The Team Aon Focus made its world debut at the weekend in the British Touring Car Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit in southern England. Both Team Aon drivers Tom Chilton and Andy Neate were impressed by the performance of the car and believe it will become a leading force in the Championship. 

Ford Racing Weekend Results-4/1/2011
Updated: April-4-2011
DEARBORN — Weekend racing results for April 1-3, 2011. 

Q&A with Eric Foss – Racing a Race-Ready Mustang 
Updated: April-1-2011
ST.PETERSBURG, Unites States - This past weekend, Eric Foss, driver of the St Jude’s/Traxxas/SPX 2008 Ford Mustang FR500S in the World Challenge GTS Series, held off the competition to win Sunday’s event in St. Petersburg. Foss, who had never sat behind the wheel of a race-ready Mustang before last Friday, ended the weekend at the top of the point standings.

  

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