2011 Ford Mustang GT Named Daytona 500 Pace Car

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 year’s 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 ‘The Great American Race,’ with the last time being in 1970 when a Ford Torino GT convertible did the honors.  It is Mustang’s 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.
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