CONCORD, N.C. – Roush Fenway Racing will honor longtime competitor and partner Robert Yates at Phoenix Raceway with a tribute paint scheme on Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion.
The scheme, inspired by Yates’ 1991 and 1992 victories at the Arizona track, honors the NASCAR Hall of Famer’s career and legacy in the sport.
“The entire NASCAR Community has lost a pillar of our sport with the passing of Robert Yates,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Robert was true to all he held dear — a fierce competitor, a dedicated and inspired leader and a passionate family man. For me he was the type of competitor that brought out the best in everyone around him and he was a wonderful partner and friend. I am very fortunate to have been able to team up with, and learn from, Robert Yates.”
“It’s really cool to be able to honor Robert with our car in Phoenix,” added Stenhouse. “He’s meant so much to NASCAR, and to have him ride along with us this weekend will be really special for everyone at the shop.”
Yates, who passed away after a battle with liver cancer in October, was selected for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. His Robert Yates Racing team, which will be featured on the hood of Stenhouse’s car, won 57 races and 48 pole positions in nearly 20 years of racing at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level.
Robert Yates and Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush partnered together in 2003 to form Roush Yates Engines, the exclusive provider of engines for Ford NASCAR teams. The two legendary engine builders combined forces have led to 268 NASCAR race wins and nine championships.
“Our family would like to thank everyone at Roush Fenway Racing for the special paint scheme at Phoenix International Raceway to honor my dad Robert Yates and his legendary career in NASCAR,” said Robert’s son Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines.
CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing