Series driver coaching news 2009-05-01

Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Signs Miller Performance For Driver Coaching Millville, NJ (1 May 2009) -- With the Ford Mustang FR500S the competition platform making for evenly matched machinery, a schedule that boasts races on some of the...

Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Signs Miller Performance For Driver Coaching

Millville, NJ (1 May 2009) -- With the Ford Mustang FR500S the competition platform making for evenly matched machinery, a schedule that boasts races on some of the most exciting tracks on the continent as part of the rapidly growing Grand-Am events, there is no question that the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge is a great place to race.

But with Mustang Challenge making the commitment to having the Miller Performance Center provide driver coaching for every racer in the series all season long, the Mustang Challenge is also a great place to learn as well.

Mustang Challenge, which has attracted drivers with a wide scope of backgrounds-from first time road racers putting their Mustang passion on the track to young up and comers looking to distinguish themselves in spec machinery and make the most of the Ford Racing Championship package, is giving all the racers a new set of tools to fulfill their racing ambitions, no matter what they are.

"Having the coaches here for all the drivers is a great thing because taking time off your laps and making improvement is important for everyone, no matter if you are running first, or twenty-first," said George Winkler, who set a career-best qualifying mark of 6th recently at Barber Motorsports Park. "I really appreciate that the series made this commitment to have coaches at every race, available for all the drivers. Having someone giving you feedback after every session, and having guys that will be at all the races so they can see the progress you've made from weekend to weekend is a huge benefit."

The connection is a natural one, as the series itself grew out of the Miller Performance Center's regional competition platform, which led to the collaboration with Ford Racing to create not only the first production line-based racer in Ford Motor Company's history, but to also start the first nationally operated race series that is managed by a race track.

"A lot of our drivers already know the Miller Performance coaches because they went to the school to prepare to race in Mustang Challenge, so it's a great way for them to keep that learning curve going every weekend," said Mustang Challenge Series Director Lynda Randall. "We really feel as though having this resource for all of our drivers helps to not only make for a more complete race weekend experience, but everyone knows that the faster you go, the more fun you are having. So if our racers keep going faster, they are obviously going to be having more fun!"

"We are just another resource for these drivers to tap into after every session because we are out on the corners, watching what everyone is doing in the cars so we can give the guys feedback immediately about what they are doing well, and what they can focus on to make improvements," said Joe Foster, who knows what he's talking about when it comes to racing Mustangs, having won the 2008 KONI Challenge GS Championship in a Ford Mustang FR500S. "Some guys have been a little hesitant initially to ask for feedback, but once they go back out and improve their times, they are generally convinced!"

The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge will stage round 5 of the 2009 championship this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

-credit: frmc

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Series Road racing
Drivers Joe Foster , George Winkler