The all-new 2013 Fusion Hybrid and popular EcoBoost F-150 pickup truck have been added as pace vehicles for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18.
They join the gasoline-powered 2013 Fusion Titanium, which will pace the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 18.
“We’ve always used Ford Championship Weekend as a showcase for our new vehicles and technologies,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “This year we’re highlighting the 2013 Fusion because it’s the first midsize sedan that provides customers with the power of choice – a choice between gasoline, hybrid and plug-in models; while the EcoBoost F-150 offers an increase in fuel efficiency without sacrificing power.
“Since being the first manufacturer to show our 2013 NASCAR Fusion we will be using in competition next year, we have received tremendous positive feedback from our fans,” continued Allison. “We think they’ll be even more excited once they see the sleek and stunning all-new production Fusion furthermore, and we know NASCAR fans love our trucks so the EcoBoost F-150 is sure to be a hit as well.”
When it debuted in 2008 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Fusion Hybrid became the first such vehicle to pace the start of a NASCAR race. That served as a prelude in following years to other innovative Ford vehicles as pace cars.
Last year, Ford highlighted its Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle to pace Ford Championship Weekend and, prior to that, new models such as the 2012 Focus, 2012 Mustang GT 5.0L V8 and 2011 Explorer SUV took turns leading the field around the 1.5-mile South Florida facility.
This is the 11th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend, which annually marks the final NASCAR weekend of the season.