Shelby GT350 Pace Car - Ford EcoBoost 400, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

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Be sure to tune in this Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Shelby GT350 will be pacing the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with Joe Hinrichs behind the wheel.

Shelby GT350 Mustang to Serve as Ford EcoBoost 400 Official Pace Car at Homestead Miami Speedway

Shelby GT350 Pace Car Ford EcoBoost 400.jpg


Shelby GT350 Pace Car EcoBoost 400.jpg


(Ford Motor Company Press Release)

  • The Shelby GT350 Mustang will lead the field to green ahead of NASCAR’s final race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 which will determine the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
  • Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, the Americas for Ford Motor Company, will pilot a Shelby GT350 Mustang as honorary pace car driver.
  • The 2015 Ford Championship Weekend marks the 14th year Ford has served as title sponsor of the NASCAR finale.
For the past 13 years, Ford Motor Company has showcased innovative, fun to drive and downright impressive performance vehicles to NASCAR fans around the world as part of the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Year 14 is no exception as the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang will lead the field to green in the season-ending and championship-deciding Ford EcoBoost 400 Sunday (Nov. 22) afternoon with Ford Motor Company Executive Vice President and President, the Americas, Joe Hinrichs behind the wheel.

“The Shelby GT350 Mustang is the most track-capable Mustang ever, making it the perfect pace car for the Ford EcoBoost 400 during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” Hinrichs said.

“This is a great chance for the fans at Homestead, and millions more watching around the world, to see the new GT350 in action. Knowing this race will determine NASCAR’s 2015 champion makes it even more special.”

2015 marks the third straight year Mustang has paced the Ford Championship Weekend premier event, joining the 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang in 2014 and the Need for Speed Mustang in 2013.

One of Mustang’s most iconic performance nameplates of all time, the Shelby GT350 builds on the dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience.

Under the hood is a high-revving, free-breathing 5.2-liter V8. It is the first-ever Ford production V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. It is also the most-powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, generating 526 horsepower and 429 foot-pounds of torque.

The GT350’s ultra-quick responsiveness comes from Ford’s first-ever application of continuously controlled MagneRide shock absorbers. This system electronically monitors and adjusts the suspension thousands of times per second for optimum performance and a dynamic driving experience.

The GT350’s brakes are the biggest and most powerful ever installed on a production Mustang. This Ford-designed system features massive, two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats, which reduces un-sprung weight and reduces heat transfer into the hub and bearing. They are clamped at the front by Brembo six-piston calipers, and four-piston calipers at the rear.

Every component and shape of the GT350, which also will pace the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 race at Homestead on Saturday (Nov. 21), is optimized to work in harmony resulting in a world-class, street-legal race car with everyday drivability and road manners.

The weekend will kick off with the Ford EcoBoost 200 Truck Series race Friday (Nov. 20) with the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 model in Lariat trim level pacing the field. It is painted in White Platinum, and has a Camel leather interior.

This marks the 14th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend.

http://racing.ford.com/series/stock...serve-as-ford-ecoboost-400-official-pace.html
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Thanks for sharing.
A Ford misprint in the press release as it's actually the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
 

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I like the fact that it's not an R. Watch for a feature on the car during the race coverage.
 

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Dang it. I was hoping to go this for Jeff Gordon's last race. Would have been icing on the cake to see some other GT350s. Went to 2 races earlier this season.
 

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Unfortunately this is the only Ford that will cross the finish line ahead of the pack. Ford didn't have a very good year in NASCAR. Only team Penske did well and was obviously taken out by Toyota. Roush is in big trouble as a team, and seems lost chassis wise compared to other teams ie. JGR, Hendrick and team Penske.
 

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Unfortunately this is the only Ford that will cross the finish line ahead of the pack. Ford didn't have a very good year in NASCAR. Only team Penske did well and was obviously taken out by Toyota. Roush is in big trouble as a team, and seems lost chassis wise compared to other teams ie. JGR, Hendrick and team Penske.
Are you kidding? Ford absolutely dominated this year. The #22 and the #2 cleaned house.
 

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As I see it , Nascar should make Lagono elgible for the run for the championship at Homstead since he had a commanding lead when he was intentionly taken out by a noncontender at M-ville. He was on his way to winning the race with just a few laps left and then was wrecked. It would only be right and fair. As it stands now , one of the most winning drivers of 2015 will not be running for the championship at Homstead.
 

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Agree and the rain shortened race didn't give the 22 or 2 a chance to win it.
 

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As I see it , Nascar should make Lagono elgible for the run for the championship at Homstead since he had a commanding lead when he was intentionly taken out by a noncontender at M-ville. He was on his way to winning the race with just a few laps left and then was wrecked. It would only be right and fair. As it stands now , one of the most winning drivers of 2015 will not be running for the championship at Homstead.
Nope they only do that for the Chevy teams. Remember the "cheating" scandal by I think it was K. Petty. when they let Jeff Gordon into the chase, 13th man.
 

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Are you kidding? Ford absolutely dominated this year. The #22 and the #2 cleaned house.
Your reading comprehension is not that good. I said that Team Penske did well.
But Ford as a whole didn't do well.


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I was hoping the pace car would stay out and compete with the rest of the field. Oh well, it was good to see it out ahead of all those inferior cross plane Cup cars... :D
 

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My parents are at Homestead. My mom got a quick vid for me.

 

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Not unless they've changed engine rules recently.
 

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