Three “championship-level” 2007 Ford vehicles – the Ford Shelby GT500, Ford Edge and Ford F-150 FX2 Sport – have been selected to pace the three Ford Championship Weekend races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of NASCAR’s season-ending events.
Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology; Curtis Gray, president of Homestead-Miami Speedway; and Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion and a contender for this year’s title, were all on hand at the race track today to help unveil the three pace vehicles in a ceremony before open NASCAR testing at the track.
“We wanted to select championship level production vehicles to pace the Ford Championship Weekend, and we picked three of the best,” said Davis, in making the announcement. “When you talk about vehicles that combine bold design and the kind of performance needed to lead the NASCAR field on track, these three vehicles are the place to start.”
The Ford Shelby GT500, which will lead the field in the Ford 400 Nextel Cup, is simply the most powerful Mustang ever. At 500 horsepower, there won’t be any problem leading the NASCAR Nextel Cup field. The GT500, with its 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, is a collaboration between racing legend Carroll Shelby and Ford Special Vehicle Team. The GT500 also features an aggressive muscular front-end design, Le Mans racing stripes, and the unmistakable Cobra logo and Shelby nameplate. It has a race-tuned suspension, six-speed manual transmission and four-piston Bembo brakes.
The Ford Edge will be the first Ford crossover utility vehicle (CUV) to pace a NASCAR race when it leads the field for the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series event. The Edge features bold American design, 265 horsepower out of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and innovative features such as a panoramic Vista Roof, Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control, a Safety Canopy air curtain system, an MP3-player jack and console laptop storage. With contemporary design and engaging vehicle dynamics, Edge is Ford’s answer to the growing CUV market, which is the fastest-growing segment in the United States.
The F-150 FX2 Sport is the latest edition to the F-Series family of great Ford trucks that are on their way to a 30th consecutive year of sales leadership. The FX2 Sport package is available on 4X2 SuperCab and SuperCrew XLT editions, and features a dark accent billet-style grille insert with body color grille surround, unique 18-inch aluminum wheels, available 20-inch aluminum wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, fog lamps, unique captain’s chairs with center console and floor-mounted shifter, and a body color front bumper, rear bumper, door and tailgate handles. The 2007 FX2 will be leading the pack in the Ford 200 Craftsman truck race.
Each of these three vehicles have been equipped with special decal packages and light bars for their NASCAR pace car duties. You can see these vehicles in action, once again, during the Championship Weekend that taking place November 17th thru 19th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.