2011 MUSTANG GT ANNOUNCED AS DAYTONA 500 PACE CAR; FIRST FORD TO PACE DAYTONA IN 40 YEARS
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Yet another example of âworst kept internet secretsâ, Ford announced yesterday that the 5.0 Liter 2011 Ford Mustang GT will be the official pace car of this yearâs Daytona 500 on February 14th. This news was released by Barrett-Jackson auctions a couple of weeks ago
when they posted the pace car as one of the the items up for bids in this weekâs auction extravaganza (âBarrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auctionâ) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ford is allowing the actual 412 HP Mustang GT pace car to be auctioned off PRIOR to itâs use in the Daytona 500. Any amount over the MSRP of the car will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for researching in curing childhood diabetes. Racing legend Richard Petty will be on hand to help auction off the car, and Iâm sure the winner will be able to score Pettyâs signature somewhere inside, which would only serve to increase itâs value.
All of this was made known when Barrett-Jackson released their catalog of auctions online, even though the info on this Ford was pulled later on that evening. However, as might be expected, in the official Ford announcement, there are several other nuggets of info that I found quite interesting.
Actual car pictured here... light bar not included in auction!
There will be 50 Daytona 500 Pace cars made, each will be available for sale through selected Ford Dealers, with the one actually used in the race being sold at auction later this week. So get down to your Ford dealership NOW to see about ordering your own!
The Pace cars will all be painted in âRacing Redâ with the Daytona 500 stripes and logo. They will all be normally aspirated GT models (no superchargers or any other power enhancements) have the Glassback roof option as well as custom âDaytona 500″ lit door sill plates. Also included will be Ford Racing suspension and other goodies like strut tower brace, Ford Racing exhaust and mufflers, and the GT Brembo brake package and tire package.
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There are more great tidbits to be found in the official press release. Iâm including it below:
2011 FORD MUSTANG GT NAMED DAYTONA 500 PACE CAR; FIRST FORD TO PACE DAYTONA 500 IN 40 YEARS
* The new 2011 Mustang GT, powered by the all-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, will serve as the pace car for this yearâs Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14.
* This will mark the first time in 40 years that a Ford has served as the pace car for âThe Great American Race,â with the last time being in 1970 when a Ford Torino GT convertible did the honors. It is Mustangâs first time as pace car for the Daytona 500.
* Fifty special pace car editions of the 2011 Mustang GT will be built and sold to the public.
* The actual Race Red Mustang will be auctioned at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction on Jan. 23, with the help of Richard Petty, the newest member of the Ford Racing family.
1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 19, 2010 â For the first time ever, Americanâs favorite muscle car will pace âThe Great American Race.â
For the first time in 40 years, a Ford Motor Company car will be pacing the field for the NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500 when the 2011 Mustang GT, powered by the all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine, officially starts the race on Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway.
âHaving the opportunity to pace Americaâs biggest auto race with a Ford icon like the 2011 Mustang GT is truly an honor,â said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. âAnd to have the new 5.0-liter engine powering the car will be a great way to demonstrate its power and class-leading fuel economy.â
This latest version of Fordâs legendary muscle car will be a Race Red glass roof coupe with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine capable of producing 412 horsepower, while delivering a class-leading 25 mpg on the highway.
The one-of-a-kind model will feature a special Daytona 500 paint scheme, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique painted wheels, and special interior treatment, including specially branded lit sill plates. The 2011 Mustang GT Daytona 500 Pace Car model is one of only 50 special editions that will be built and sold to the public.
âEverybody loves Mustang,â Allison continued. âThat was evident last year from the fan reaction when we announced it was going to be our new model in the NASCAR Nationwide Series starting later this year. This is just another way to showcase a true American icon in its most natural environment.â
The last time a Ford served as pace car for the Daytona 500 was 1970 when a Ford Torino GT convertible led the field to the green flag.
And while Mustang may be a rookie when it comes to pacing the Daytona 500, its 45-year history is firmly entrenched in racing and winning championships.
Mustang captured championships last year in the Grand-Am KONI and SCCA SPEED World Challenge, in addition to leading Robert Hight to his first NHRA Funny Car championship.
Another element that makes this yearâs pace car even more unique is that it will be auctioned off for charity before the actual race. Later this week (Jan. 23), the Mustang GT Daytona 500 Pace Car will be offered at the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, which is taking place in Scottsdale, Ariz. Seven-time Daytona 500 champion Richard Petty, the newest member of the Ford Racing family, will be on site to help hand over the car to the winning bidder.
All proceeds over the manufacturerâs suggested retail price from the pace car auction will go to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
About the 2011 Mustang GT
The new Mustang GT continues Fordâs powertrain offensive with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8, which uses advanced technology to deliver 412 horsepower and projected unsurpassed highway mileage of 25 mpg.
The 2011, Mustang GT adds specially tuned Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), 11.5-inch front and 11.8-inch rear vented disc brakes, and an enhanced suspension featuring an improved rear lower control arm and stiffened rear stabilizer bushings.
For enthusiasts, a Brembo brake package, with larger rotors and calipers from the Ford Shelby GT500ÂŽ Mustang, unique 19-inch wheels and summer performance tires, is offered; new fender badges herald return of the 5.0-liter engine.
About Ford North America Motorsports
Ford North America Motorsports, based in Dearborn, Mich., is responsible for major racing operations in North America, including NASCAR (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, Camping World Trucks), Grand American sports car racing, NHRA drag racing, Rally America and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup.
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