Doug Yates (born September 18, 1967, in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a race car engine builder and a former NASCAR team owner and mechanic. He is the son of championship team owner Robert Yates and, along with Max Jones, formerly operated Yates Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Yates currently heads Roush Yates Engines, the primary builder of Ford engines in the top-three NASCAR series including all the Cup teams, as well as the Ford teams of the United SportsCar Championship.
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Doug Yates grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, the hub for NASCAR. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1990 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Yates has a wife Whitney and four children.
Team Manager: Ted Payne Drivers: 1971: Joe Cracknell, Horry Barnes, Colin Byrne, Trevor Blyth, Alan Taylor, Doug McMahon 1972: Doug McMahon (captain), Alan Taylor, Bob Perry, Brian Randall, Pete Marshall, Doug Wardropper
Doug worked in his father Robert's race shop during summers in between semesters, then joined organization full-time in 1992 as the team's engine builder. Doug's engines led to several wins as well as the 1999 Cup Series Championship with driver Dale Jarrett.
In 2004, with the support from Ford, the Yates and their rival Jack Roush of Roush Racing combined engine departments to form what is now Roush Yates Engines, with Doug Yates becoming CEO and President. The company builds over 1,000 engines annually in their 75,000 square foot shop.
Yates started Roush Yates Performance Parts in 2008, an outlet for new and used engine and chassis parts. He became co-owner of the company in 2009 after he bought out his father's share of the company.
Yates won NASCAR's 2011 engine builder award. Yates described the process of building the loud and powerful engines as "somewhat relaxing" in a 2012 interview.