For the past 12 years running, Ford has sponsored NASCAR's season-finale racing spectacular. That not only means that Dearborn gets to call the event the Ford Championship Weekend, but also gets to bring the pace car. This year's season closer is set to take place this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Ford will not only bring a new F-150 Tremor to pace the Camping World truck race and a Shelby GT500 to pace the Nationwide race, but also this unique Mustang to set the pace at the Ford E
Oh, how far things have come. NASCAR, as you may have heard, traces its roots back to moonshiners trying to outrun police cars. Now it'll be the stock cars chasing after the police when NASCAR rounds out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
During last week's ride and drive of Nissan's new Sentra SE-R, we were assigned instructors to ensure we didn't pull a Griffin and understeer one of their new rigs into a wall. There were several instructors from the local school on hand to give us a familiarization lap around Homestead, but there was one driver in particular that we wanted to catch a ride with.
During a warm-up session Sunday for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, rookie driver Paul Dana collided going over 200 mph with a car that had hit the wall and spun to a stop at the bottom of the track. Dana and the other driver, Ed Carpenter, were flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami where two hours later Dana was pronounced dead. Carpenter escaped the tragedy with no injuries, according to SI.com.