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If there's anything better than racing on TV, it's racing on HD TV. Just a few days after the first customers received their Mustang FR500S race cars, Discovery Channel's HD Theater announced that it would be doing a three-part television series on the special Ford Mustang Challenge racing series that exclusively features these pony cars. The show will take a detailed look at the inaugural year of the series, from the first testing sessions this month all the way until the last race in September. Miniature in-car HD cameras will capture all of the action on track, and the identical specs of each Mustang ensure that there will be plenty of it. There's no word on when the series will actually debut on HD Theater (we asked, they really don't know), but the press release after the jump provides all the available details for now.
HD Theater announced today a new three-part series, FORD RACING MUSTANG CHALLENGE (wt), which will capture the rivalry, competitive drive and racing action of the inaugural Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. This new professional road racing series, co-developed by Ford Racing and Miller Motorsports Park, features professional racers utilizing the new Ford Mustang FR500S in an eight-event schedule throughout North America.
"FORD RACING MUSTANG CHALLENGE will offer HD Theater's audience a unique look at road racing culture, including the intense racing clashes and drivers' ambition to win, as well as the off-track antics and dramatic relationships of the racing teams involved," said Clint Stinchcomb, executive vice president and general manager of HD Theater and Turbo Media.
Through the use of tiny HD cameras mounted inside the cockpit, HD Theater's audience will ride shotgun in FORD RACING MUSTANG CHALLENGE (wt) as the series captures in spectacular 1080i HD the action from inside the cars and around the track. Cameras follow the racing teams starting from when they first test the new Ford Mustang FR500S in March until the final checkered flag drops in September. Since the cars are built within two horsepower of each other and the drivers' racing experience ranges from raw rookies to hardened veterans, FORD RACING MUSTANG CHALLENGE (wt) will feature the thrill of this high-speed road racing series from start to finish and all of the crumpled fenders and dented egos in between.
"We are thrilled to have HD Theater as our broadcasting partner for the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup," said Series Director Lynda Randall. "Since the cars are going to be equal in performance, the racing is going to be extremely close. The level of high-quality broadcast that HD Theater can provide will allow racing enthusiasts an unprecedented look at all the excitement both on and off the track. "
"The Mustang was a dominant showroom-based race car during the glory days of American road racing in the mid-1960s and 1970s and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup is the perfect platform for us to continue that proud tradition," said Jamie Allison, manager of the Ford Racing Performance Group. "The FR500S delivers what fans of the Mustang have come to expect – V8 power and rear-wheel-drive performance at an affordable price, which is something that racing fans and HD Theater's audience can appreciate and relate to through this programming series."
The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup is sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association and will be a support series to major professional road racing events across North America. The competitive point structure and generous purses make the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge the perfect affordable racing platform for drivers who want to compete on a level playing field that will showcase driver ability. The Ford Mustang FR500S was co-developed by Ford Racing Technology and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, and features a 4.6L, 3-valve production engine and a variety of Ford Racing performance parts including a cold-air kit, high-capacity radiator, six-speed racing transmission and two-way adjustable dampers and springs, plus BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires. The Ford Mustang FR500S is the first race car built by Ford Motor Company on a production line intended for sale to the public. For more information on the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup, visit the series' website at www.MustangChallenge.com.