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Ford is giving the public at large a chance to jump behind the wheel of its upcoming 2013 Focus ST. The company is hosting a slew of consumer driving events around the country where consumers will be able to take the wheel for a little driving training and timed laps on an autocross course. The tour starts on June 30 in New York before moving on to Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each event starts at 9am. and features a full day of getting cozy with the new sport hatch. Festivities close out at 6pm sharp.

If you want to get in on the fun yourself, you'll need to preregister for the event by heading over to shindig's site. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and considering it's free, we'd be willing to wager that spaces will fill up quickly. We can think of worse ways to spend a Summer Saturday. Check out the full press blast for yourself, including a complete schedule.
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Ford to Host Five-City Focus ST Performance Academy

• Consumer driving events to feature 2013 Ford Focus ST in New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston; San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer

• Event to feature two driving courses – first is performance training, second is timed autocross

• Consumers interested in attending can sign up at http://www.drivefocusst.com/

DEARBORN, Mich., May 30, 2012 – For sport compact fans, the only thing better than driving the new Ford Focus ST is driving the Focus ST on a course with professional instruction and timed autocross hot laps.

That, and more, is what Ford is bringing to driving enthusiasts in New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston; San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer, beginning June 30 in New York.

The events will happen on Saturdays in June, July and August in each market. Events will include 48-foot race trailers, a fleet of Focus STs for training, timed competition, as well as pre-event racing instruction.

Events will open at 9 a.m. and run all day through 6 p.m. Locations and dates are:

• New York, IZOD Center, June 30
• Washington, D.C., FedEx Field, July 14
• Boston, Gillette Stadium, July 21
• San Francisco, Candlestick Park, Aug. 4
• Los Angeles, Dodgers Stadium, Aug. 11
Pre-registration is live at http://www.drivefocusst.com/. Participation will be limited and will be honored on a first-registered, first-served basis.

"Our fans have expressed extremely high interest in this car, but we know the proof is in the pudding," said Lisa Schoder, Ford Focus ST Marketing manager. "We want ST fans, as well as drivers of competitive vehicles, to be able to taste this car firsthand.

"What better way to do it," she added, "than to bring the car to the people with the help of professional driver instruction on closed courses."

Focus ST, Ford's first global performance car, will integrate a collection of advanced and sport-oriented technologies previously unavailable to North American customers. The combination of these technologies into a refined, yet high-performance sport compact will elevate the category and further cement Focus as the most complete compact car range sold in North America.

Among the more visible options will be the Tangerine Scream metallic color that will be offered exclusively on Focus ST, as well as race-inspired Recaro® seats with matching color accents.

Ford is offering drivers who preorder a 2013 Focus ST the GoPro® HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera pack upon delivery. Already a staple in the motorsports and action sport communities, a GoPro is the ideal camera to capture a spirited drive or Focus ST track day. The first 1,000 presale orders placed between May 1 and Aug. 20 are eligible for the GoPro HD Hero2 camera system. Cameras will be sent after vehicle delivery.

More information regarding Focus ST can be found at http://www.ford.com/cars/focus/focusst/ or https://www.facebook.com/OfficialFordST.