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According to the pony car lovers over at Mustang Heaven, a Ford will pace the Daytona 500 for the first time since the Torino GT convertible did the deed way back in 1970. As you may have surmised, the actual pace car will be a 2011 Ford Mustang GT, equipped with the long-awaited 5.0-liter V8 engine with 412 horsepower. Last year, the honor went to the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

As befitting such a car, the Mustang will get a special Daytona Red paint scheme with blue and white LeMans stripes – classic American racing colors. Ford Racing suspension upgrades including a strut tower brace, upgraded mufflers, unique painted wheels and an interior featuring lighted sill plates round out the pace car-specific details.

Want one? Well, that might be a bit tough. Ford plans to build just one example, which will be offered up for auction at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, January 23rd. We don't imagine it will be cheap, and all proceeds above MSRP will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The new owner will see his or her actual car pacing the Daytona 500 on February 14th.

[Source: Mustang Heaven]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news for Ford. It will be nice to see a MUstang up front once again.

      Discount Tires
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford -- SELL THIS CAR! To set it off right give us the stripes, the grill from the California Special and put the Indy 500 logo on the grill, gas cap, and wheels. This would be a great looking and selling car and wouldn't be a large investment for Ford at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You would think that a website called MUSTANG Heaven would know that not only was the Torino Pace Car a 1968, not a 1970, but that Ford had Mustang Pace Cars in 1964, 1979, and 1994 (Cobra). So much for fact checking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ chris
      I think your confusing Daytona pace cars with Indy pace cars... I know the 64 1/2 mustang, 1968 Fairlane/Torino, and the 1979 mustang all paced Indy.... fact check?