Keselowski captures his second win of the 2016 season at Talladega, making it his fourth (4th) overall win at the superspeedway. As the exclusive Ford Performance engine builder for NASCAR, Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance designed, tested and built the winning engine that put the No. 2 in victory lane at the Geico 500.
Brad Keselowski, driver of the Team Penske No. 2 made an impressive statement by leading the field for over 46 laps to take the checkered flag in a dramatic restart for the final three (3) laps. The No. 2 led Team Penske to their 2nd overall team win of the 2016 season, Ryan Blaney finished 9th and to round out the top 10 Trevor Bayne finished 10th.
Keselowski showed patience and determination during the 500 mile, 188 lap Geico 500. The No. 2 Ford Fusion battled throughout the race, starting from P7 and quickly moved up to fourth at the drop of the green flag and into P2 within the first nine (9) laps of the race. Keselowski ran strong out front, leveraging the horsepower of the Roush Yates Engines FR9 Ford V8 race engine on the long tri-oval track, taking advantage of the steep banking in the turns and managing to keep clear of the cautions on a track notorious for 3 wide racing and side-by-side drafting. Brad capitalized on late race cautions by edging out the No. 41 for the lead in the last two (2) laps of the race to put the Ford Fusion in position to win.
“The guys at Team Penske gave me a great Miller Lite Ford and this Fusion was hauling it, said Brad Keselowski. I’m so proud of everybody at Team Penske. To be back in Victory Lane with two wins this year, and we feel like we can get a lot more. We’re growing as a team. We made a lot of changes at Team Penske and this feels really good, really good.”
“This has been an incredible weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Winning here at one of my favorite tracks and going to victory lane for our first IMSA win with the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 is just remarkable. We have the most dedicated team in Race City U.S.A. [Mooresville, N.C.] and days like this make us all very proud.”
Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together over the past 12 years to build superior NASCAR engines. Their dedication and drive to lead the motorsports industry in technological advances has evolved into the world class Ford FR9 V8 engine package. The result of which has earned Roush Yates Engines’ its 257th combined motorsports win.RYE PR