Series announces Birmingham grand marshalls

Kendall and Pruett Named Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Grand Marshalls For Barber Mustang Celebrations Tooele, UT-- (12 April 2009)--It's not a party until the stars come out, so you can count on the 45th Anniversary celebrations of the Ford ...

Kendall and Pruett Named Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Grand Marshalls For Barber Mustang Celebrations

Tooele, UT-- (12 April 2009)--It's not a party until the stars come out, so you can count on the 45th Anniversary celebrations of the Ford Mustang to be a tremendous success as Ford Racing has named Tommy Kendall and Scott Pruett as Grand Marshalls for rounds 3 and 4 of the 2009 Mustang Challenge season at Barber Motorsports Park on April 17-19.

The double-header Mustang Challenge race will be staged as the racing focal point for the Mustang Club of America's 45th Anniversary Celebration of the Ford Mustang, which is expected attract thousands of Mustang fans from around the globe. The two living legends will be actively involved in the Mustang Challenge race weekend, with duties ranging from throwing the green flag to addressing the drivers at the drivers meeting to participating in an autograph session at the Alabama facility.

But of everything the two have on their schedule, the one that's likely tops on the list will be some time behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang FR500S for demonstration laps for some lucky participants. The FR500S, which was the first-ever Ford production-line built race car, is the competition platform for Mustang Challenge.

Kendall won countless Trans-Am events behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang including his outstanding run to the Trans-Am Championship in 1997, and is looking forward to once again getting back to pony power next weekend.

"I've been following the Mustang Challenge since it was first announced, so I'm thrilled to be a part of this event," said Kendall, who was also on hand for the official unveiling of the 2010 Ford Mustang in December. "I was really impressed with what Andrew (Caddell) did last year, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him and the rest of the Mustang Challenge guys race in person. This is going to be a fantastic weekend for anyone who has even a remote appreciation for the Ford Mustang, and that I'm going to be getting behind the wheel of the FR500S makes me look forward to it all the more. I think the series is a great concept, with everyone racing the exact same Mustang and the driver making all the difference, so I'm really looking forward to getting a first-hand look at it next weekend."

For Pruett, who scored GTO and Trans-Am Championships as well as a Daytona 24 class victory aboard Roush-prepared Mustangs, the Barber weekend marks the chance to catch back up with some familiar faces on a track where his record of success continues to grow to this day.

"No matter what brand you are talking about, passion is key and obviously this Mustang event is going to have a ton of that passion on display," said Pruett, who won the Grand-Am race at Barber Motorsports Park in 2008 on his way to a record eighth major sports car championship. "I have some great trophies, and some fantastic memories from my days racing Mustangs, so I'm really looking forward to seeing some old friends next weekend."

The race weekend is slated to kick off with practice on Friday morning, with races on Saturday and Sunday.

-credit: frmc

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