FRMC: Schroeder named grand marshall for series debut

Dorsey Schroeder Honored as Grand Marshall for Inaugural Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Race at Road Atlanta Famed Mustang Champion set to wave green flag Tooele, UT (28 April 2008) -- He was the first driver to win a Trans-Am title for Ford in a...

Dorsey Schroeder Honored as Grand Marshall for Inaugural Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Race at Road Atlanta
Famed Mustang Champion set to wave green flag

Tooele, UT (28 April 2008) -- He was the first driver to win a Trans-Am title for Ford in a Mustang since Parnelli Jones last had the honor 19 years earlier. He won the IMSA GTO title a year later with Ford. He was a part of the nine-year Ford Mustang winning streak at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. If ever there was a name synonymous with Ford Racing Mustangs since that 1989 Trans-Am title-winning year, it is Dorsey Schroeder.

In honor of his accomplishments and long affiliation with Ford Racing, Ford Racing Mustang Challenge organizers have invited Schroeder to be the Grand Marshal for the debut race of the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup at Road Atlanta on May 3, 2008.

"This is a sincere honor for me," said Schroeder whose colorful and insightful commentary forms an integral part of SPEED Channel's sports car coverage. "I'm really excited to be a part of this new series that I predict will offer remarkable racing with the newest incarnation of the great Mustang. I'm really looking forward to being reunited with some old friends at Ford Racing, as well as helping the Mustang Challenge drivers in whatever way I can."

Schroeder will be on hand through the full race weekend, offering participants advice on not only the fast way around Road Atlanta, but also the smart way through a motorsports career. The Mustang Challenge is the first step in the Ford Mustang competition ladder, and many of the participants are hoping to convert success in the new one-make series into upward mobility into competing in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series with a Ford Mustang FR500C, and beyond.

"We are delighted to honor Dorsey as the Grand Marshall for our inaugural Mustang Challenge race," FRMC Series Director Lynda Randall said. "He has been a part of the Ford family in one way or another for nearly 20 years, having brought many race wins and a few titles our way in that time. Not only that, he's an all-around great guy who is passionate about racing not just as a sport, but also as entertainment and that is what the Mustang Challenge is about -- allowing passionate racers the opportunity to compete in a sport they love in a great car, and have a great time doing it."

Schroeder will likely find himself making several double-takes while in the paddock--the iconic look of the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup Ford Mustang FR500S is a direct nod to the graphic image of his 1989 Trans-Am racer, with the distinctive red, white and blue livery that was part of the celebration of the Ford Mustang's 25th anniversary.

As Grand Marshall, Schroeder will wave the green flag to start the race in addition to getting some time behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang FR500S, offering thrill rides to guests and dignitaries around Road Atlanta.

Round 1 of 8 kicks off the Mustang Challenge season at Road Atlanta on May 3. Successful Mustang Challenge drivers can use the series as a springboard toward competition in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series using the Ford Mustang RS500C and eventually the GT Class in the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series in the Mustang RS500GT. For more information, please visit mustangchallenge.com

-credit: ford/mmp

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Series Road racing
Drivers Parnelli Jones , Dorsey Schroeder