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Ponying up for a new Shelby GT350? It's a lot of car, and you're going to need to know not only how to get the most out of it, but how to handle it altogether and not get yourself (or anyone else) hurt. Fortunately, to that end, Ford is providing complimentary tutelage to every new customer who buys the new amped-up pony car.

The Blue Oval automaker has announced that every owner of a 2015 or 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 or GT350R Mustang will be eligible for a free one-day track program at the Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park) in Tooele, UT. Of course the participating buyers will have to pay for their own airfare and lodging, but it seems well worthwhile – especially considering the $50k it costs to buy a new GT350 in the first place.

Ford isn't the only automaker to offer this kind of benefit – nor is the GT350 the only Ford to come with it. Just a couple of months ago, Dodge announced that every new SRT buyer would get a free course at the Bob Bondurant school. But rather than farm it out, Dearborn runs its own Ford Performance Racing School in Utah, where it offers a similar program under the Octane Academy banner to every buyer of a new Fiesta ST or Focus ST.

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Standard Equipment, Going Fast: Shelby GT350 Mustang Owners Get Complimentary Performance Driving School

- GT350 Track Attack program gives owners of new Ford Shelby GT350® Mustang hands-on track instruction with Ford Performance Racing School instructors at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah
- Complimentary program offered to owners of 2015 and 2016 Shelby GT350 and Shelby® GT350R Mustang
- GT350 Track Attack program begins in April

DEARBORN, Mich., March 9, 2016 – It's one thing to buy a fire-breathing, 526-horsepower Shelby GT350® Mustang, and it's another thing to understand how to really drive it.

Owners of 2015 and 2016 Shelby GT350 and Shelby® GT350R Mustang are invited to learn the capabilities of their car as part of the complimentary GT350 Track Attack program offered by Ford Performance Racing School, located at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah.

The program is designed to help drivers at all skill levels understand the nuances of their car's performance and handling in a safe environment under professional supervision. The experience not only teaches high-performance driving skills, including braking, shifting and cornering techniques, but also focuses on the particular dynamics of the GT350 and GT350R.

"GT350 is a car that needs to be experienced on a closed road course," said Jim Owens, Ford Performance marketing manager. "The program is designed for owners to learn how to get the most out of their car so they can appreciate the unique performance Shelby GT350 delivers, while also gaining driving skills and experience. It's going to be a ton of fun."

The GT350 Track Attack program begins with an evening reception followed by a one-day performance driving school. Students will participate in both classroom and on-track driving tutorials with Ford Performance Racing School instructors.

The program is included with the purchase of a 2015 or 2016 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang. While the one-day drive event is complimentary and owners do not need to bring their own car, they are responsible for their airfare and lodging. For a cost, participants can opt for a second track day, as well as additional driving and non-driving programs.

"Regardless of a person's driving ability, this will be an unbelievable experience," said Dan McKeever, president, Ford Performance Racing School. From the weekend track warrior to the car collector, this program provides the skills needed to really enjoy Shelby GT350 Mustang in the environment for which it is designed."

Participants are encouraged to bring a guest along to watch. For an additional cost, they can get behind the wheel of one of the school's race-prepared 2015 Mustangs, or extend their experience another day to drive a race-prepared Boss 302 or Mustang GT.

For more information about the Track Attack program, visit www.gt350trackattack.com/.


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