Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Daytona First - Mustang to Pace the 500

Americans love Mustangs. And now Daytona fans will get to see the original Pony car pace the field at the Daytona 500 - for the first time ever.

In fact, this year's race marks the first time in 40 years that a Ford has served as the pace car for "The Great American Race," with the last time being in 1970 when a Ford Torino GT convertible did the honors. It is Mustang’s first time as pace car for the Daytona 500.

Fifty special pace car editions of the 2011 Mustang GT will be built and sold to the public.

The actual Race Red Mustang will be auctioned at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction on Jan. 23, with the help of Richard Petty, the newest member of the Ford Racing family.

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