January 22, 2010Just got a pic of the 2011 Datona pace car
DEARBORN, Michigan â€” The 2011 Ford Mustang GT Glass Roof Coupe will get a major dose of publicity as it serves as the official pace car for the 52nd Daytona 500 on February 14. The pace car also makes a high-profile appearance at the 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, where it will cross the block on January 23.
Barrett-Jackson notes that buying a pace car before it hits the track has never happened before at this auction house. Proceeds from the car over MSRP will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ford said in a statement.
The Mustang GT pace car gets a special Daytona 500 striped paint scheme, a Brembo brake package, Ford Racing suspension, strut tower brace and mufflers, unique 19-inch painted wheels, summer-only tires and a special interior that includes lit sill plates. Ford said it also carries an early VIN and will be among the first 2011 Mustang GT 5.0-liter V8s made available for sale to the public.
The new 5.0-liter V8 churns out 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
Ford said in a statement that this is the first time in 40 years that a Ford vehicle has paced NASCAR`s biggest race.