The Mustang’s debut in NASCAR has been anxiously anticipated ever since Ford announced the iconic pony car would be competing on the track last summer. This Friday at the Daytona International Speedway, Ford and NASCAR will make their long-awaited debut of the Ford Mustang as a replacement in some of this year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
To help celebrate this debut, Ford has offered a free 2011 Mustang GT to any Ford Nationwide driver who wins the race. This gives more incentive to the drivers, not only be the first Nationwide Mustang winner, but to also have the chance at taking a piece of Mustang history home.
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.”
Do you think a Ford Mustang will take home the checkered flag this Friday?
Source: Ford Racing