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Need for Speed Mustang Highlights Ford Racing Pace Car Lineup at Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 15-17
by Staff Report


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When the cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take to the track Nov. 17 for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, they will be led by a highly customized Mustang that is featured as the hero car in the upcoming Hollywood movie Need for Speed, and is also playable in the upcoming Electronic Arts video game Need for Speed Rivals. The pace car will be driven by Ramon Rodriguez, one of the movies stars
The Need for Speed Mustang was created solely for the movie and features a custom-designed wide body with unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger intakes to feed its supercharged V8 engine
In addition to the Need for Speed Mustang, Ford will use the all-new F-150 Tremor to pace the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event Nov. 15, and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 Nov. 16

Race fans planning on attending Ford Championship Weekend at
Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 15-17 already know they’re going to see
stock cars racing side-by-side at breathtaking speeds. It’s the speed of
another sort, however, that Ford Motor Company hopes has them talking
even more.

When the cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take to
the track Sunday, Nov. 17 for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale, they
will be led by a highly customized Mustang that is featured as the hero
car in the upcoming Hollywood movie “Need for Speed,” and is also
playable in the Electronic Arts video game “Need for Speed Rivals.” The
pace car will be driven by Ramon Rodriguez, one of the stars of the
movie.

“When the opportunity to showcase the ‘Need for Speed’
Mustang at our marquee event came up a few months ago, it was a
no-brainer to make it the centerpiece of Ford Championship Weekend,”
said Tim Duerr, Ford Racing motorsports marketing manager. “We have
always tried to incorporate some of our latest products that make up
Ford’s versatile car and truck lineup, and we feel the three vehicles
we’re using this year continues that trend.”

In addition to the
“Need for Speed” Mustang, Ford will use the all-new F-150 Tremor to pace
the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on
Friday, Nov. 15, and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series
Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 16.

“This lineup of new Ford
vehicles is befitting of the three NASCAR championship races we’ll be
hosting at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Matthew Becherer, track
president. “Ford is a fantastic partner, and we’re thrilled its cars
will be on display for a packed house and millions more to see on
television across the world.”

The “Need for Speed” Mustang was
created solely for the movie and features a custom-designed wide body
with unique 22-inch alloy wheels capable of supporting 900 horsepower,
and larger intakes to feed its supercharged V8 engine. Also keeping the
engine cool is the enlarged lower grille, with corner air intakes to
cool the front brakes.

Designers also worked on reducing
aerodynamic drag by using low-profile mirrors and extended rocker
panels. The splitter has been redesigned to provide better handling at
high speeds. The rear spoiler and diffuser were created to improve
airflow, reducing drag and giving additional traction for high-speed
acceleration.

The movie, starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper,
Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton will debut in theaters
March 14, 2014, while fans of the popular Electronic Arts video game
series by the same name will be able to buy the latest “Need for Speed
Rivals” version later this month.

“The heritage of Mustang is
unlike any other automobile in America,” said Steve Ling, Ford car
marketing manager. “With Mustang being a central character in this
racing-oriented movie, it seems only fitting to showcase the car here at
Homestead and help serve as a great springboard to our various
celebrations recognizing 50 years of Mustang in 2014.”

This marks the 12th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend.

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