Ford Racing Mustang FR500S – Click above for high-res image gallery

It doesn't seem too long ago that Ford launched the "poor man's racer" FR500S Mustang and the Mustang Challenge Series at SEMA in 2007, and already it's coming to an end. The series announced that the September race at Miller Motorsports Park will be the last, although the FR500S will still be sanctioned for various other racing series.

No specific reason was given for the ending of the series, but our best guess is that it was due more to the slow economy than a lack of enthusiasm. Everyone involved, from the drivers to the sponsors to Ford all seem sad that the Mustang Challenge will be ending.

"We are disappointed to not continue what we started with the Mustang Challenge," said Series Director Lynda Randall. "But we should hold our heads high, as this was a tremendously successful program and we were fortunate to get to be a part of what really became a family." You can read more about the series over at Mustang, or you can click through the high-res gallery of the FR500S below.

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