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2010 Ford Mustang NASCAR Nationwide Race Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

All of you who have been anxiously awaiting the debut of the Ford Mustang in what we loosely refer to as modern-day stock car racing, take note: The original Pony Car will see its first action this Friday night at the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

To help build excitement for the Mustang's entrance into the Nationwide Series, Ford has just announced that it will offer a brand-new 2011 Mustang GT – powered by the excellent 5.0-liter V8, no less – to anyone that wins the race... provided they do so in a Ford-branded race car, of course.

For what it's worth, Friday's event will be the second straight race where a new 2011 Ford Mustang GT will serve as the pace car. In other words, those in attendance for the festivities would be witnesses to an All Mustang, All The Time Show if it weren't for the fact that Dodge will also be showing up with its new Challenger-based entry. 'Stang vs. Challenger? Sounds like fun.

  • October 13, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA �2009, autostock, USA Brian Czobat
  • October 13, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA The 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford Mustang GT. �2009, autostock, USA Brian Czobat
  • October 13, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA �2009, autostock, USA Brian Czobat

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  • Friday night's race at Daytona International Speedway marks the highly-anticipated debut of Mustang in NASCAR Nationwide.
  • To help celebrate the debut, if a Ford Racing driver wins Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Subway Jalapeno 250, Ford will present them with a new 2011 Mustang GT, featuring the all-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8.
  • The 2011 Mustang GT will be serving as the pace car for Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The 2011 Mustang also paced the season-opening Daytona 500.

DEARBORN, Mich., June 28, 2010 – The Mustang debut in NASCAR has been anxiously anticipated ever since Ford announced the iconic pony car would be competing on the track last summer. Now, to help celebrate that debut, Ford Racing is giving its drivers even more incentive to be the first Mustang winner, and take their place in Mustang racing history.

Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports, announced today that any Ford driver who wins Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Daytona International Speedway will receive their own 2011 5.0-liter Mustang GT production vehicle.

"Normally, when we go to a NASCAR race, the drivers are the recognized stars as far as fans are concerned. That's not the case this week." said Allison. "Mustang and its debut in NASCAR is undoubtedly a huge story for fans and enthusiasts, and we want to make its debut a little more special for our drivers competing in the race. With a win, they have a chance to put their name down next to some of the Mustang racing legends."

This will mark the second straight NASCAR appearance as the Daytona pace car for the 5.0 Mustang GT, which led the field to the green flag for the first time in its history at February's Daytona 500.

"This week is all about celebrating Mustang in NASCAR," said Allison. "Fans will get to see the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0-liter pacing both races, and they'll also see the start of a new era in Mustang Racing on track.

"Nothing would make me happier than to present one of our drivers the keys to their own 5.0 Mustang GT in Victory Lane on Friday night."

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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It always cracks me up when they take photos of NASCAR vehicles from the driver's side so you can clearly see the ridiculous positive camber they have on the left side. This one in particular looks like it'd tip over if it turned right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh cool a new sticker package for NASCAR!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Blah... I'm just glad to see their viewer base going down the pooper! You can only put so many flavors of syrup on vanilla ice cream before people get tired of vanilla ice cream.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Pemberton and co. are idiots! They are trying to fool fans into thinking that these are are real stoc cars, or cool for some reason. Lest's face it, 98% of the cars is completely the same.

      BTW Dodge is the only manufacturer that tried to do a half -a** decent jobs with Challenger.

      *Also check out the new ASA late models for 2010 the mustang and camaro are 100000% better than the Nascar ones they are really cool!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That will definitely sell more Mustangs. Maybe NASCAR can show its green movement by allowing Prius and Volt stickers too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make them Like Australian V8 super cars and race on Circuits and I would watch ever race!
      • 4 Years Ago
      *Waits for Gruv to come in and leave an ignorant comment about the fanbase and how it's not a sport...

      God, you just have to wonder where this hate for NASCAR comes from. Oh I'll also be waiting for the majority of the lurking trolls to vote me down. WOOHOO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i mean "than the others"

      Sorry, english is not my native language
      • 4 Years Ago
      you people who keep saying "its just stickers!" have NO idea what you are talking about. This car has been fully reworked from the "old car" for the past 3 years now. its safer and it looks closer to production than the previous model. its still a spec car but seriously, if you dont enjoy it, dont read the articles, dont be a spoil sport for those of us who do enjoy it, I dont like watching road races (in person) and i can say things like oh look we get to see them for 5 seconds each lap, wrech happens in another turn, we miss it, pass for the win, we miss it cause we are in turn 14. we all have our likes and dislikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better, but still far from where NASCAR should be. 60's/70's is where it's at. I wanna see the car, not the stickers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks a lot more "real" then the others...
        • 4 Years Ago
        True. I happened to see a few laps of a recent Sprint Cup race, and those cars look more like NHRA Funny Cars than "stock cars". Ridiculous.

        No wonder there are more and more empty seats in the stands. Pull your head out, Brian France.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't let the more distinctive stickers fool you...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Elmo

        Baseball is a bad example. Teams like the Phillies, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox sell out almost every single game while teams like the Rays, Dodgers, and Angels look like they can't give the tickets away even through they all have great records. The issue is allegiance; Philadelphia, New York, Chicago are all cities where people will live their entire lives. The teams are a part of city and the people are the city. Cities like LA, Tampa Bay, Anaheim have a much larger percentage of resident who are transplants. They don't associate with the city and its sports teams the way Philly or NYC residents do.
        • 4 Years Ago

        The empty seats aren't because of the decisions NASCAR made. It's called the current economy we're in. Every sport is experiencing this.

        Our local MLB team, the Tampa Bay Rays, are one of the top teams in the league right now. But when you see them on TV or goto a game, there's a LOT of empty seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same with the challenger body, I wonder if they changed the rules on body style? Still not going to watch a nascar race...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Elmo, in this economy, TV viewership should be up, since people aren't going out to events according to you.

        but Nascar's losing there too.

        People do not like the product as much as they did. I think it's not so much the fact that these aren't stock Camrys and Chevies so much as the drama has been cranked up to a level where it's just a long boring meaningless race to the inevitable chaotic ending.

        It's a lot more like WWE than ever before. There's a way to prepare for a sprint at the end and survive to get there, but it's not fun to watch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No IRS! What a piece of crap!

      Honestly though, I love how much it looks like a Mustang... oh wait...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, "Mustang." Right.

        I hate to be uncouth but it's getting increasingly obvious that NASCAR does, in fact, scuk the big one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet "Mustang"!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...and I'm Britney Spears
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