For the first time in 40 years, a Ford will serve as the pace car for the NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500. The 2011 Mustang GT will start the race on Feb. 14 at the Daytona International Speedway.
“Having the opportunity to pace America’s biggest auto race with a Ford icon like the 2011 Mustang GT is truly an honor,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. “And to have the new 5.0-liter engine powering the car will be a great way to demonstrate its power and class-leading fuel economy.”
The 2011 Mustang GT circling the track will be a Race Red glass roof coupe with an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine capable of producing 412 horsepower, while delivering an impressive 25 mpg on the highway.