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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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