ROUSH Performance Partners with Formula Drifter Justin Pawlak for 2016 Season

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ROUSH and JTP a winning combination

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MICH. (March 29, 2016) — Professional Drifter Justin T. Pawlak is ready to steer his way to the finish line during the 2016 Formula Drift series. Teaming with main sponsor ROUSH Performance, Pawlak will drive a 2016 ROUSH Supercharged Mustang with a Ford Performance Aluminator crate engine.

Pawlak, who began his drifting career in 2005, secured first place finishes at Los Angeles NOPI Drift and the first round of 2011 Formula Drift. He has been a consistent top-7 performer in Formula D since 2011.

“I know what it takes to win, but ROUSH Performance’s support in 2016 is a huge advantage in competing for a Formula D title,” said Justin Pawlak, who is based in Covina, California. “I can’t wait to get on the track, push the limit and start shaking down.”

For the 2016 drifting season, Pawlak built a brand new S550-chassis Mustang that features the ROUSH 2.3-liter TVS supercharger, which pushes out almost 1,000 horsepower and 831 lb-ft of torque. “It’s a really solid platform using factory components, and gives me the power I need to compete,” Pawlak said.

A hands-on driver, Pawlak does his own mechanical, fabrication and suspension design. He also welds his own roll cages, and is one of the highest-ranked drivers that does his own vehicle work. 

“When we first looked at getting involved with Formula Drift, Justin immediately became our top pick,” said Jack Roush Jr., brand manager for ROUSH Performance. “Justin is a great driver, and he knows a lot about Mustangs. He is also a very down-to-earth guy, and he’s built his program from the ground-up with his own hard work.”

When Pawlak isn’t in the shop or on the track, he’s mentoring other youth drivers, volunteering at his church with youth community activities, or attending meets, shows and charity events in the automotive industry.

About ROUSH Performance: ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, performance crate engines, and marine engine superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. Based in Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush. Visit us at or call 800.59.ROUSH.

ROUSH Performance Motorsports: On the Grid Across the U.S.

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ROUSH Performance Motorsports: On the Grid Across the U.S.

ROUSH will field NASCAR Xfinity, drag, drift and road racing programs for the 2016 season

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MICH. (February 16, 2016) — From Long Beach to Austin to Daytona, race teams backed by ROUSH Performance are ready to tear into this year’s season. ROUSH Performance will sponsor racing efforts that span the gamut from road racing to drag racing to NASCAR to drifting.

“Our company was founded on a passion for performance,” said Jack Roush Jr., race car driver and brand manager for ROUSH Performance. “What better way to showcase this passion and capability than to put ourselves to the test across vastly different forms of racing.”

Ready for NASCAR’S Green Flag

ROUSH Performance teams up with Darrell (Bubba) Wallace Jr. this year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series beginning with the season-opener in Daytona. Wallace, 22, was named to Ebony magazine’s 2015 Power 100 and listed in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Sports list in 2014. 

In his Xfinity Series rookie season, Wallace drove his Ford Mustang to a seventh-place finish in the point standings. “It’s all about execution this year,” Wallace said. “We will work hard and be sure to put ourselves in position each and every weekend.”

Pawlak to Push Drifting’s Limits

Justin Pawlak will fly the ROUSH Performance flag in drifting’s Formula D series. Pawlak is counting on his aggressive but smooth driving style to put him at the top this season, which opens in Long Beach on April 8.

Pawlak is a hands-on driver, who does his own mechanical, fabrication and suspension work. This year, he will showcase his prowess in a 2016 ROUSH Supercharged Mustang with a Ford Performance Aluminator crate engine. The race car pushes out almost 1,000 horsepower and 831 lb-ft of torque. “It’s a really solid platform using factory components,” Pawlak said.

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When Formula Drift driver Justin Pawlak was planning his engine build for the 2015 season, he took a different route than the typical pushrod “Sprint Car” engine he ran in the past.

Pawlak liked the idea of the high RPMs and the supercharger power compatibility that the Ford Performance 5.0L Coyote Aluminator engine offered. During the offseason he worked with the engineers at Ford Performance and Roush Performance to build a Aluminator-based 800+ horsepower bullet.

While he experienced a few tuning issues during the first two rounds of the season, Pawlak enjoyed a breakthrough at the most recent Formula Drift event in Monroe, Wash., and scored a third-place finish.

The Ford Performance Aluminator Short Blocks serve as a strong foundation for the enthusiast that wants to spec and finish a Coyote build to their particular application and needs.

Ford Performance Engineers have taken care of the toughest part of building a new engine by designing a strong and durable short block that offers a wide range of power possibilities. There are two versions of the Aluminator Short Block available – the 9.5:1 compressions Aluminator SC for boosted applications – or the11.0:1 Aluminator NA for naturally aspirated builds.

Aluminator Short Blocks feature stronger Manley® H-Beam connecting rods and Mahle® hard anodized forged pistons to support serious power.  And every Ford Performance Aluminator Short Block is precision internal balanced and hand assembled in the U.S. with performance clearances.

Ford Performance offers a number of components to finish the build, including the simple-to-install Controls Pack to get it up and running in just about any vehicle from Late Model Mustangs to resto-rods to classic muscle cars to street rods.

Coyote 5.0L Aluminator Short Blocks Specs
• 5.0L – 302 cubic inches
• Compression ratios: Aluminator A50NA – 11.0:1 compression ratio (nominal) Aluminator A50SC – 9.5:1 compression ratio (nominal)
• Mahle® hard anodized forged pistons with Graphal® low friction coating
• Manley® H-beam connecting rods with ARP2000® bolts
• Production aluminum cylinder block features cross-bolted main bearing caps and thick main bearing bulkheads for bottom-end strength
• Ford Racing M-6600-50CJ High Performance billet steel gerotor oil pump and Pickup tube