Limited Edition 2011 Mustang GT for FORD Driver that wins Daytona 500
February 12, 2010
· If a Ford Racing driver wins Sunday’s Daytona 500 NASCAR event, Ford Motor Co. will present them with a 2011 Mustang GT featuring the all-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.
· This will be one of only 50 special pace car editions of the 2011 Mustang GT that will be built and sold to the public.
· The actual Mustang GT that is serving as the pace car for Sunday’s Daytona 500 was recently auctioned off at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction for $300,000 with all proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 12, 2010 – As if winning the Daytona 500 and hoisting the Harley J. Earl trophy in Victory Lane isn’t enough incentive already, Ford has upped the ante for its 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers even more by offering them a new 2011 Mustang GT, powered by Ford’s new 5.0-liter engine, if they win Sunday’s “Great American Race.”
“When we unveiled the Mustang pace car in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago, the response from the media, enthusiasts, and our drivers was unbelievable,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing North America Motorsports. “We know how much prestige goes with winning the Daytona 500, but we wanted to do something that would be an added bonus for our drivers and this is it.”
The 2011 Mustang GT being offered is one of only 50 special editions that will be built and sold to the public, and is a replica of the pace car being used Sunday. This will mark the first time in 40 years a Ford Motor Company car will be pacing the field for the Daytona 500
This latest version of Ford’s legendary muscle car is 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 graphics package, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace, mufflers, and special interior treatment, including specially branded lit sill plates.
“I wanted to drive that Mustang home as soon as I saw it in Charlotte,” said Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Ford Fusion. “It’s good to know now that if I win on Sunday, I’ll actually be able to do that. Everybody knows how close I came to winning this race a year ago, so I’m even hungrier this time around.”
The actual Mustang that is serving as the pace car on Sunday was recently auctioned off at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction for $300,000 with all proceeds over MSRP going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Ford has won the Daytona 500 a total of 11 times, including last year’s triumph by Matt Kenseth. Other winners include: Tiny Lund, Fred Lorenzen, Mario Andretti, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Bill Elliott (twice) and Dale Jarrett (twice).
About the 2011 Mustang GT
The new Mustang GT continues Ford’s 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 GT500® 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. The department also oversees the development and marketing of Ford Racing Engines and Performance Parts, the outreach programs with all Ford Clubs and Ford enthusiasts, and the marketing of the Ford Racing brand through initiatives such as Team Ford Racing. For more information regarding Ford Racing’s activities, please visit www.fordracing.com.