Ford Racing Makes Henry Proud in 2011

One hundred and ten years after first Ford racing victory

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 15, 2011 – Henry Ford would certainly be proud.

One hundred and ten years after the Ford Motor Company founder brought home a victory in his one and only auto race as a driver, Ford racing teams and drivers around the world brought home victories and championships in the program’s 110th anniversary season.

In Ford’s most visible worldwide programs, Ford Fiesta drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala of the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team finished second and fourth in the World Rally Championship after a spirited battle that went down to the final event. The Ford WRC duo captured three wins during the season. In all, Fiesta had its most successful year in rally, capturing 16 regional and national championships worldwide.

In NASCAR Sprint Cup, Ford Fusion driver Carl Edwards ended up in a points tie for the Championship, but lost the tie-breaker (number of wins). Edwards ended up second and Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth fourth in the most competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in history. In addition, rookie driver Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 for the Wood Brothers, capturing Ford’s 600th win at the Cup level.

In NASCAR Nationwide, Mustang scored its first NASCAR win and Ford driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. captured his first NASCAR Nationwide Driver’s Championship, and helped Ford capture the series’ manufacturer’s title as well.

In NHRA Funny Car drag racing, all five Ford Mustang drivers made the championship playoffs, Ford drivers won 12 times (including Ford’s 200th win in the class), and John Force Racing’s Mike Neff finished fourth and Robert Hight fifth in the championship.

In Rallycross, Ford Fiesta driver Tanner Foust captured the inaugural Global Rallycross Championship and Ford Focus driver Sverre Isachsen captured the European Rallycross Championship, with Foust finishing second. Brian Deegan led a 1-2-3 Ford Fiesta sweep of X Games medals with Foust and Marcus Gronholm.

In off-road racing, Ford continued to showits dominance in desert competition, winning seven total championships in LOORS, Best in the Desert and ABSA Off-Road competition.

In Touring Car, Andy Yan captured the ChineseTouring Car Championship in a Ford Focus, Paul Brown won the SCCA World Challenge GTS title in a Mustang Boss 302S and there were successful winning efforts put forth for Mustang Boss 302R in Grand-Am and Focus in British Touring Car.

“It’s been an incredible year for Ford racing teams and drivers around the world,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, NorthAmerica. “And we’re proud that we still race today for the same reasons Mr. Ford did – to prove out our products against the best competition, and then to market that success to help the company sell more cars and trucks. There’s no question that our winning racing program worldwide helps lift the favorability of the Ford brand.”

“This has been an outstanding season for the Ford Fiesta in rallying, winning so many championships around the world,“ said Gerard Quinn, Ford of Europe motorsport chief. “In its competitive debut the Ford Fiesta RSWRC took a podium lock-out at Rally Sweden and finished the season in similar fashion at the final round, Wales Rally GB. As a factory prepared rallycar or in the hands of private competitors the Ford Fiesta is proving to have the competitive DNA that has seen Ford so successful in rallying over many decades.“

Here’s a listing ofFord championships and awards for 2011 around the world:

· Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCrossSuper Rally Championship

· Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCrossRallyCross Championship

· Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCrossChampionship Overall Champion

· Brian Deegan, Ford Fiesta – X GamesRallyCross Champion

· Ford Motor Company – Global RallyCrossChampionship Manufacturers Champion

· Brian Deegan, Ford F-150 Raptor – Lucas OilOff Road Racing Series Pro 2 Unlimited Champion

· Brian Deegan, Ford Ranger – Lucas Oil OffRoad Racing Series Pro Lite Unlimited

· Sverre Isachsen,Ford Focus – European Rallycross Championship

· Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford Mustang – NASCAR Nationwide Championship

· Ford – NASCARNationwide Manufacturer’s Championship

· NASCAR EngineBuilder of the Year – Doug Yates, FR9 NASCAR Engine

· SCCA WorldChallenge GTS Championship – Paul Brown, Ford Mustang Boss 302S

· SCCA WorldChallenge GTS Manufacturer’s Championship – Ford Mustang Boss 302S

· Best in the Desert Series Class 7100 – BlakeHenn; Ford Ranger

· Best in the Desert Class 7200 – AlHogan; Ford F-150

· Best in the Desert Class 8000 – Dr. MacraeGlass; Ford F-150

· Best in the Desert Class 8100 – Tim Casey; Ford F-250

· Norwegian Rally Championship – Mads Ostberg,Ford Fiesta

· Swedish Rally Championship – Pontus Tideman,Ford Fiesta

· Finnish Rally Championship (R2 Cup) – JukkaKorhonen, Ford Fiesta

· Australian Rally Championship (2WD) – RazvanVlad, Ford Fiesta

· New Zealand Rally Championship (2WD) – BenHunt, Ford Fiesta

· British Rally Challenge Championship (2WD) –Jack Rowe, Ford Fiesta

· Turkish Rally Championship – Yagiz Avci, FordFiesta

· Austrian Rally Championship (2WD) – PiaSchirnhofer, Ford Fiesta

· South Africa Rally Championship – ConradRautenbach, Ford Fiesta

· FIA African Rally Championship – ConradRautenbach, Ford Fiesta

· Argentine Rally Championship – FedericoVillagra, Ford Fiesta

· FIA Middle East Rally Championship – NasserAl-Attiyah, Ford Fiesta

· Chinese Touring Car Driver’s Championship –Andy Yan, Ford Focus

· Chinese Touring Car Team Championship –Changan Ford Racing Team

· Brazil Prototype S2000 – Ford, Best RacingEngine

· Brazilian Touring Car Championship – Ford,Best Racing Engine

· ABSA Off Road Championship –Ford Ranger TDCi, Manufacturer’s Championship

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About Ford Motor Company

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NASCAR Returns to zMAX Dragway for NASCAR Night during Bank of America 500

       CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2010) – Some of the fastest drivers, car
owners and mechanics ever to turn left will give it their all to go straight
on Tuesday, Oct. 12, as NASCAR Night returns to zMAX Dragway.
       In past NASCAR Night events, more than 100 NASCAR industry personnel
have descended on the Bellagio of drag strips to take their cars down the
concrete quarter-mile. Participants can race anything they wish down the
drag strip, making this a true “run what you brung” event. Previous NASCAR
Night drag racers included NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kurt Busch, Kyle
Busch, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth; team owner Rick Hendrick; and crew
chiefs Chad Knaus and Lance McGrew.
       “The first NASCAR Night they hosted at zMAX Dragway a couple of
years ago, I told my guys, ‘We’re going to take something that nobody can
beat,'” said Busch, who will compete on Tuesday night. “It’s a lot of fun to
go to one of the best drag strips in the world, right here in our own
backyard, and do some good old fashion, heads-up grudge racing against some
of the guys you compete against in the garage every weekend.
       “We’ll bring our ’70 Dodge Challenger that we raced with at the NHRA
Gatornationals in Gainesville (Fla.) and PINKS All Out at Charlotte earlier
in the year. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into that car and with the
cooler track temperature and night air on Tuesday, we should be able to run
in the low eights (seconds) if we can get it to stick.”
 NASCAR Night is open to the public with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. On-track
action is set for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can show a ticket to the upcoming
Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 16 and receive free
admission. Adult tickets are available at the gate for just $5 and kids are
free. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Speedway Children’s
       Tickets for all October races at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be
purchased online at or by calling the
speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). The Bank of America Fan 4
Pack includes tickets, hot dogs and Coca-Cola drinks starting at just $39.75
per person or fans can get four nights of great racing with the Bank of
America 500 Week Super Ticket for just $99.
       For daily updates on October race activities, connect with Charlotte
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Get Close to Your Favorite Drivers at O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals

        CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13, 2010) – Do you dream of meeting your
favorite NHRA drivers and getting their autographs? Think it’s impossible?
Not when every ticket is a pit pass to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA
Nationals Thursday-Sunday at zMAX Dragway.
       When fans purchase a ticket to round two of the NHRA Full Throttle
Countdown to the Championship they will have the opportunity to see the
biggest names of the sport up close, including Larry Dixon, John Force, Cory
McClenathan and Tony Schumacher, among others.
       “The cool thing about the NHRA and our sport is that when you buy a
ticket it gets you right into the pits,” said Dixon, two-time NHRA Top Fuel
Champion in a recent interview with News 14 Carolina. “It’s not like NASCAR
or Indy Car where you can’t get on pit road or you’ve got to know somebody
to get into the pits.
       “You can just walk right up and meet John Force, get his autograph
and buy his merchandise right by his trailer. The interaction that you have
with the drivers and the crews, getting to watch them tear the cars down in
between rounds, that’s the one thing I have always liked about our sport.
You can’t go to a Carolina Panthers game and go in the locker room, but you
can come in ours!”
       This unrivaled access allows fans to shake hands, obtain autographs
and even have a face-to-face conversation with NHRA’s biggest stars. It also
gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to set up and tear
down a race car.
       “At zMAX Dragway alone I’ve gotten to meet and talk to John Force,
Robert Hight, Steve Johnson, Matt Smith and Melanie Troxel, along with many
others,” said NHRA fan Sherry Santana. “All the drivers are so friendly and
I admit, I’m addicted to NHRA [drag racing] and I’m looking forward to
seeing them all again in Charlotte this week.”
       The Bellagio of drag strips is located in the heart of NASCAR
country and gives stock car fans the opportunity to experience the driver
access that NHRA fans have come to know and love.
       “I think it’s important for fans to see both sides,” said
McClenathan, defending O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals winner. “It shows
the stock car community there is another source of racing that’s fun for the
whole family. Buying a ticket also gets you into the pits and gives fans the
opportunity to see the full realm of the sport, from the guys working on the
car, to drivers signing autographs, you can experience a lot more at a drag
       “I think the NHRA, Full Throttle and zMAX have done a great job of
portraying our sport as different. We get a lot of people that come into the
pits and say they’ve never been there before and that they can’t wait to
come back and watch us again. They want to come back every single year.”
       Not only can fans get autographs, but many have the opportunity to
talk with their favorite drivers and learn more about the sport of drag
       “I met Top Fuel driver Antron Brown and he is the coolest,” said
drag racing fan Chris Wood. “He was mixing his fuel and described to me how
he was doing it. It was very cool. All the drivers are so friendly and take
time for us, the fans. I just love it!”
       The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns to zMAX Dragway
this week for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, the second race of the
six-race Countdown to the Championship. The four-day drag racing event held
Thursday-Sunday is sure to play a pivotal role in deciding the world
championships in NHRA’s top four professional classes.
       General admission four-pack tickets are available for only $14.75
per person on Friday and $29.75 for Saturday or Sunday. For more information
or to purchase tickets to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, visit or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at
1-800-455-FANS (3267).
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