Bandimere Speedway to host first Fun Ford Weekend for 2011, sponsored by Roush Yates and JE Pistons

May 20, 2011 by  
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 20, 2011) – Fun Ford is back with a select schedule of events for the 2011 year. The series will kick-off June 26th at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. Fun Ford Weekends will include bracket races, car shows, autocross, and swap meets as well as midway displays.

“After 15 years of hosting local Ford events, we are excited to provide Ford enthusiasts with the ultimate in blue oval fun,” said Sporty Bandimere, General Manager of Bandimere Speedway. “Hosting a Fun Ford Weekend adds to the already strong history of Ford events at Thunder Mountain by bringing a whole new dimension.”

This event will serve as the first of 5 events this year, expanding to 10 or more events next year in 2012.

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Feature Show:
Flat Head In-Line Nationals – Over 50 Ford powered vintage dragsters and fuel altereds providing great racing entertainment on the track.

Participant Drag Racing:
Gates open 8:00 AM
Time Trials begin 9:00 AM
D.O.T. Street Tire Class .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, no transmission brakes or delay boxes, DOT tires
5.0 Shootout presented by Finishline Automotive, .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, No delay boxes, slicks optional, entries must be street legal (plates and insurance)
Fast Ford (Super Pro) .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class. Electronics*
Quick Ford (Pro ET) .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, Non-Electronics*
* Fast Ford and Quick Ford will run separate until the 4th round. Class will be combined and laddered starting 4th round
Shelby GT 500/ Lightning Truck bonus program. Awards given out to the fastest Shelby GT 500 and fastest Lightning truck during time trials

Sunday June 26th, 2011

Participant Car Show:
Gates and show registration open at 8:00 AM
Car Show judging starts at 9:00AM
Car Show judging concludes at 1:00PM
Car Show awards at 3:00PM

Show Classes:
Falcon / Comet
Mustang 1964-1973

Fairlane / Galaxie
Mustang 1974-1993

Lincoln / Continental
Mustang 1994-2004

Mustang 2005- present

Race Car
Classic Ford 1959-Earlier

Special interest
Muscle Car 1960-1973

Late Model 1974-Present

Truck/ Wagon/ SUV

Participant Tickets
Race and Show $30.00
Show Only $25.00

Spectator Tickets
Adult $14.00
Child 12 and under FREE



May 16, 2011 by  
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(May 16, 2011) – The famous Blue Oval will be getting polished all over the nation as the fan-favorite series, Fun Ford Weekend, returns to motorsports facilities throughout the U.S. in 2011. The large car show, drag race, swap meet, and autocross series, presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates, will be featured at five motorsports tracks in 2011 and will expand to 10 or more events in 2012.

A group of North American motorsports facility owners led by Texas Motorplex (Ennis, Texas) founder Billy Meyer, worked to bring back the Fun Ford Weekend series because of popular demand.

“Fans and participants all suffered when Fun Ford Weekend was shut down a few years ago,” Meyer said. “Ford vehicle owners are extremely loyal to their brand, and they love big events and racing. We are very excited to work with Ford to bring this series back on-line with great additional support from industry leaders like JE Pistons and Roush Yates.”

Many of the events will be single-day Saturday or Sunday only in 2011, and expand to full weekend Saturday and Sunday events in 2012. The first Fun Ford Weekend event this season will be held at Bandimere Speedway (Denver) Sunday, June 26. Other tracks set to host events in 2011 are Virginia Motorsports Park (Petersburg, Va.) Saturday, September 10; Palm Beach International Raceway (Jupiter, Fla.) September 16-18, 2011; Texas Motorplex on Saturday, October 8 and Memphis International Raceway (Memphis, Tenn.) Saturday, October 15.

Sporty Bandimere, General Manager of Bandimere Speedway is very excited to kick off the series under the new leadership of the series parent company FFW1.

“It’s an honor to host the first event this season and bring the series back to the fans. We have had successful Ford events at Bandimere in the past, but bringing a Fun Ford Weekend raises the bar significantly. We are just having a one-day, Sunday-only event for the series this year, but already know that we will be planning on a multiple day event in 2012 because it’s going to be such a hit.”

JE Pistons and Roush Yates are supporting the series as it kicks back into action. Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates, said the series will help the companies connect with its customers on many levels.

“Roush Yates and JE Pistons have partnered on a lot of great promotions in the past and we expect the Fun Ford Weekend to provide a great audience of current and future customers,” Yates said. “This series will help us promote our website as well as our ordering hotline at 877-604-8077, to thousands of Ford enthusiasts seeking the best in custom and new parts, as well as these incredible engines. Our goal is to educate every Fun Ford Weekend participant and fan that they can buy new and used Roush Yates parts the same as professional stock car and drag racing teams do every day.”

Further details about the series can be found on line at Information regarding competition drag racing and car show classes will be announced soon.


Roush Yates and JE Pistons Presenting Sponsors of Fun Ford Weekend Series

May 16, 2011 by  
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 16, 2011) – The Fun Ford Weekend Series is back and better than ever with the support of Roush Yates and JE Pistons. Both companies are presenting sponsors for five event series touring the U.S. in 2011.

Roush Yates is a direct result of the merger that happened in 2004, when Jack Roush and Doug Yates came together to create the engine company which originally was spawned from Robert Yates Racing’s engine shop. Roush Yates Engines was formed to serve both Robert Yates Racing and Roush Fenway Racing teams.

Today, Roush Yates continues their success, not only as the exclusive engine supplier to all Ford Racing teams (in NASCAR), but serves the racing community with prized racing engines as well. Moreover, Roush Yates is quickly becoming a prominent player in the new performance components and used parts market.

Jon Sands, Vice President of Marketing at Roush Yates, spoke about becoming the presenting sponsor of Fun Ford weekends and why they decided to make that series sponsor selection. Sands relays the background of Roush Yates, and what this thriving corporation is all about.

“We have leveraged a strong reputation across not only NASCAR, but all forms of grass roots racing including drag racing, sprint cars, late model, modified, off road truck, American LeMans – to just about any form of racing out there,” said Jon Sands. “Our reputation began its groundswell when Roush Yates was formed in 2004 when we won the Sprint Cup Championship in our first year of operation. Then the new Roush Yates-designed Ford FR9 NASCAR engine was brought online in 2010. By design, (the FR9) was eased into the Sprint Cup Series. We didn’t just bring that engine out and place it with every Ford team. It was gradually introduced in more of a scientific kind of way. The engine proved itself with increased power and durability, and was 100% online by the end of 2010.

“In fact, Carl Edwards won the last two races of the year and on into 2011, Trevor Bayne wins the Daytona 500 … with FR9s finishing second and third. We go out to Phoenix and win the pole. The next week in Vegas, the FR9 wins the pole and the race. What we’re seeing is Roush Yates Engines continuing to be the talk of the performance industry. If you want better power for any kind of racing – or if you own a muscle or classic street rod of any year or make, we’ve got it,” he added.

Not only does Roush Yates supply the racing community with respected Ford racing engines, it also offers a vast selection of new and used race parts available for purchase. Available to the public are superior used engine parts, confirmed successful straight from their Cup, Nationwide and Truck shop at a portion of the price to buy them new. Roush Yates also provides new racing products to several top name racing outfits on down to the Saturday night racer.

“We’re also continuing to establish a solid offering of custom parts that are designed and produced by Roush Yates, like our widely known C3 and D3 cylinder heads and branded valve covers, which are a few of many Roush Yates-developed products. They’re developed by us, branded by us, it’s our product, and they win races. We also have a huge array of consumer parts, cleaners, oils and greases, ignition systems, safety equipment … you name it. Products you would find in any speed shop. We want to be the go-to parts and engine supplier, whether you are in the Ford car show or on the drag strip racing your new Mustang or displaying your classic Ford Galaxy. It just made perfect sense for us to become involved with Fun Ford Weekend,” said Sands.

Roush Yates has continuously recognized the racing needs outside of circle track and therefore broadened their business to include the entire performance industry.

The company recently expanded its retail store that is completely available to the public. The 40,000 square foot store is located in Mooresville, NC, amid a campus of various Roush Yates engine and product development centers. Sands referred to it a “speed shop on steroids.”

“We have some really great partners, and one of those partners is JE Pistons. The idea is for complementary companies like JE and RYE to strike while the iron is hot – and we’re winning a lot of races. We will continue to brand ourselves to new audiences. Fun Ford Weekend is one of those audiences. It just made perfect sense for JE and Roush Yates to have a strong presence with Fun Ford Weekend. They have the drag races and the car shows and we’re able to touch both of those areas, not just with our engines, but with our parts offerings,” said Sands.

JE Pistons is currently the leader in high performance forged pistons, and has been for over 60 years. The company is known for manufacturing the very highest quality pistons and components that the racing industry can depend on. JE Pistons holds an ISO 9001:2008 quality certification, which lets users know that JE provides its customers with peak level goods.

Sean Crawford, Marketing Manager at JE Pistons added to Sands comments by saying, “There is a lot of excitement internally at JE Pistons regarding our sponsorship of the Fun Ford Weekend. In fact, eight of our own team members own or race Mustangs including an original ’66 Shelby GT350, ’68 Fastback and ’90 Mustang LX! Supporting the Ford community and grassroots racing is always a great opportunity and we’re very fortunate to team up with Roush Yates to help make it possible.”


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