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2011 Mustang GT to Pace the Daytona 500

January 15, 2010 Mustang News 4 Comments


Pacing the field for the 2010 Daytona 500 on February 14th will be a specially prepared one-of-a-kind 2011 Mustang GT powered by the all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine producing 412 horsepower.  This will mark the first time in 40 years a Ford Motor Company product has paced the field at the Daytona 500.  The last Ford product to be a pace car at the Daytona 500 was the 1970 Torino GT convertible.     

The 2011 Mustang GT pace car will receive a special Daytona 500 Race Red paint scheme with Blue/White Lemans stripes, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace, mufflers, unique painted wheels and special interior treatment including lighted sill plates.  This Mustang will be an actual production car with an early VIN and will be among the first 2011 models available to the public.  

Also this Mustang (Lot # 1295.1) will be offered for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on Saturday January 23rd.  All Proceeds over MSRP will go to help cure childhood diabetes through a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  One lucky bidder will have the opportunity to own the actual pace car prior to the race and will get to see their car pacing the field on February 14th.

Sorry for the photos but thats all the Barrett-Jackson site has for now.

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  1. Ford Mustang says:

    I was just thinking that this will be one of the few pace cars over the years to not have to have a specially prepped engine. I guess with 412 horsepower, that’s sufficient to keep it up on the oval at the right speed.

    Go Mustang go!

  2. When you take the tour at Daytona they tell you to stay on the banking you would have to drive a minimum of 70mph.

  3. Jay Mathews says:

    Congrats to Ford for seemingly making all the right moves lately. The new “5.0” should help the Mustang continue it’s sales domination in the pony car wars and the “Indy” exposure will only help. Thanks for the mention of the 70 Torino – another great Ford for its day.

  4. Tony Dorris says:

    Congrats to Ford , and the Mustang , They should let my Wife Teresa drive it she’s a very loyal and proud Mustang owner ,

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