Joey Logano Back to Victory Lane in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang

Checkered FlagJoey Logano was back to Victory Lane in his Mustang at Phoenix International Raceway, where he won his second career XFINITY series race.

We’d been waiting for a while at Friendly Ford to see the automaker score an XFINITY win again, and it was about time. Logano had finished second in his last four starts in the series, despite having started from pole in the last three.

This time, Logano took pole again but managed to make it stick during the race, even as runner-up Matt Kenseth fiercely contested his lead all day long. In the end, the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang led 176 of the 200 laps at the one-mile track. Not bad!

“It felt good,” said Logano, who collected his 22nd career win in Phoenix. “It took a long time to get our next win. We’ve been so close to winning—obviously, a lot of poles and things are going well. We just needed a little more speed, and it was awesome to get it today.”

Spring Car Maintenance Checklist

After a brutally cold and snowy winter, spring is finally just around the corner. The frigid winter months are tough on your car, and it’s time to tell your vehicle “thank you” for getting you through the season, and prepare it for the warmer months ahead. Those at The News Wheel are one step ahead of us, preparing a helpful checklist to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for hitting the road this summer.

Here is a checklist of our own:

Clean, wash, and wax. It’s important to give your car a good wash after the last snow of the season to remove salt, dirt, and grime. This is also a good time to wax your car to revive that new-car shine and add a protective coating.  While you’re at it, clean out the inside, get rid of all those extra winter layers, and vacuum the interior.

Check the battery. Frigid temperatures are particularly tough on your battery. Have the battery’s life checked to be sure it’s holding a charge.

serviceCheck belts and hoses. Cracked or worn belts and hoses can become a major problem. If you notice any wear and tear or loose belts, bring your car by Friendly Ford’s service department as soon as possible to avoid costly issues down the road.

Check the tires. Over-worn tires can pose serious safety issues. They don’t provide the traction or control needed for everyday driving, and can become downright deadly in rain. Also check to make sure your tires are properly inflated according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Check the windshield wipers. If your wipers aren’t clearing your windshield, make sure you replace them. Summer sunshine and heat will only damage existing cracks and worn rubber more.

Replace lights. Check the headlights, taillights, blinkers, high beams, and interior lights, then replace bulbs as necessary.

Check fluids. Check the engine oil, coolant, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Review

2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang at CAS

The all-new 2015 Mustang EcoBoost is here and ready to take you by surprise. It’s not the thundering, heart-pounding V8 most people expect from America’s favorite sports car, but it delivers everything you’ll really ever need. Take a look at the following 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review.

The Mustang EcoBoost is powered by a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produces 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, delivering the kind of power you’ll still find exhilarating. If its looks are what you’re focused on, then prepare to fall in love again and again. The EcoBoost is outfitted with dual exhausts, 18-inch wheels, HID headlamps, rear spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel and handsome lines that really draw the eye in.

The best feature of the Mustang EcoBoost might just be its handling. It’s quick, sharp maneuverability will have you hugging every curve the back roads have to offer. The EcoBoost is 200 pounds lighter than the 5.0-liter version allowing for an even smoother drive.

Fast, fun, and fearless, the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost looks and drives like a dream! To check out the new Mustang lineup, visit us at Friendly Ford.

Ford’s New Vice President of Global Strategy

It wasn’t long ago that Mark Fields announced the creation of the vice president of global strategy position—and he’s already filled it. John Casesa, a Wall Street analyst, will lead Ford’s global strategy team. Casesa has put in over 20 years as an analyst in the automotive industry, employed by Merrill Lynch & Co., Schroders PLC, and General Motors.

“John knows business and the auto industry inside and out,” Fields said in a statement.

As the new vice president of global strategy, Casesa will advise on investments in new products, technology, and business models. In the ever growing auto industry, Ford is looking to keep its global plan, “One Ford,” on track. The plan keeps vehicle variations from region to region to a minimum and changes only what’s necessary.

This isn’t the first shake up by Fields. Since taking the helm last July, Fields has changed quite a few leadership positions. First, he appointed a separate president to Lincoln, Ford’s luxury car brand. He also switched Jim Farley, now head of Europe, and Stephen Odell, head of global marketing sales and service. In February 2015, he named Mark LaNeve to head Ford’s US marketing, sales, and service after John Felice retired.

Casesa started March 1st and we at Friendly Ford bet we’ll see big moves from him.