Roush Yates Engines Steps into Drag Racing

Feb 9, 2010

Roush Yates Engines, Mooresville, N.C., has announced its participation in the 2010 drag racing season.

Well-known for its presence in NASCAR, ARCA and more recently Grand-Am Racing, the company has two new programs in place for the 2010 NHRA drag racing season, according to a press release.

NHRA Pro Stock driver Justin Humphreys will campaign a 2010 Ford Mustang powered by Ford’s new 500-ci power plant, built and developed by RYE. Then, Roush Yates Engines is teaming with Aeromotive Fuel Systems to build another 500-ci Ford engine, this one a twin-turbocharged version to run in NHRA’s Pro Mod class.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Roush Yates,” said Steve Matusek, Aeromotive founder and president. “The level of precision and expertise that they bring to the table is actually pretty daunting. It’s a lot of fun to consider the possibilities, but we are focused on putting together a competitive program for 2010.”

RYE plans to produce engines at the highest level for both professional and sportsman drag racing, according to the release. George Gable, general manager of Roush Yates’ NASCAR engine programs, is building a C-Altered to compete in NHRA Comp Eliminator using the RYE 358-ci spec engine for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

“Our involvement in drag racing is a natural progression for us,” said Doug Yates, Roush Yates CEO. “We are looking to grow and diversify our offerings, while maintaining the competitive edge that has set us apart in other forms of racing.”