Ever since Parnelli Jones and Jim Hurtubise first towed east from California with their Corvette-powered Sprint cars in the early 1960s, this stirring, elemental genre of motorsports has been the nearly exclusive province of the small-block Chevrolet V-8, which pushed the eternal Offenhauser racing engine into obsolescence. Under the Ford Motorsports banner, Dearborn took a crack at offering a 410-cu.in. engine assembly back in the 1990s, but it failed to make a major dent in the market. That’s due to change. Ford has announced a partnership with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, known colloquially as Tony Stewart Racing, and Durham Racing Engines of High Point, North Carolina, to build and sell new 410 engines for competition with the World of Outlaws and other Sprint series.
Stewart has returned to his roots as an open-cockpit stud since retiring from his driving career in NASCAR. This Jason Brown image shows Stewart standing on the loud pedal in his Ford-powered TSR Sprint car. The engine, known as the FPS (for Ford Performance Stewart) 410, made its debut in mid-August at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan, and it scored its first win two weeks later at the Plymouth, Wisconsin, Dirt Track with Stewart in the hot seat. Stewart-Haas Racing switched from Chevrolet to Ford in NASCAR, plus Stewart not only owns the historic Eldora Speedway in Ohio, but also took over the All-Star Circuit of Champions series for Sprint cars. That makes him a fully fitting partner for Ford Performance in the engine project. He runs so many Sprint races now that Ford engineers were able to use his input at the track in evaluating the engine design. Like all 410 engines, the FPS 410 is fed by mechanical fuel injection, utilizes dry-sump lubrication and produce around 900hp. Andy Durham comes to the program having built engines for Roush-Yates, plus winning power in both the World of Outlaws and Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series.