Yesterday, word came in that the 2011 Ford Mustang GT would be the official pace car for the 2010 Daytona 500. It's the first time that Ford's pony car will perform the field pacing duties for " The Great American Race" and the first time in 40 years for a Blue Oval product.
While we initially reported that just one Mustang pace car would be built, Ford announced today that they will produce a limited run of just 50 cars to be sold to the public. Each will feature a Daytona 500 paint scheme, specially painted wheels, a unique interior, and several parts from the Ford Racing catalog including the suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers. For those interested in the real thing, Ford will be auctioning off the actual pace car at Barrett-Jackson later this week. As has become custom, all proceeds of the sale above the car's MSRP will be donated to charity. In this case, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will benefit from the generous bidders. Hit the jump for the press release or check out the new high-res photos in the gallery below.