Series news 2009-08-17

Miller Motorsports Park Secures Remaining Examples of Ford Mustang FR500S TOOELE, UT--17 August 09- Following a successful debut race event at Autobahn Country Club at the Harrah's Grand Prix presented by Mazda, Ford Racing Mustang Challenge ...

Miller Motorsports Park Secures Remaining Examples of Ford Mustang FR500S

TOOELE, UT--17 August 09- Following a successful debut race event at Autobahn Country Club at the Harrah's Grand Prix presented by Mazda, Ford Racing Mustang Challenge officials announced on Monday that Miller Motorsports Park has secured the remaining 35 Ford Mustang FR500S machines. The FR500S is the competition platform for the Mustang Challenge, which is the only national race series operated by a track, as the series was formed in collaboration between Miller Motorsports Park and Ford Racing.

Racing with sanctioning from Grand-Am, the Mustang Challenge has made history, proving to be a hit with racers and fans alike. Strong fields of racers with diverse backgrounds have provided highly entertaining racing, as series regulations keep the adjustments to the FR500S to a minimum, making the race action very close as the driving is the key factor to success.

Even before the FR500S took the first green flag in the series' first-ever race in April 2008 at Road Atlanta, the special Ford Mustang was making history. For the first time in Ford's long competition history, the FR500S was the first Blue Oval racer to come directly from the production line in Michigan to the track. The car was initially available for sale through the nationwide networks of Ford dealerships, with owners needing to just select "FR500S" on the options box.

Several examples of the machine are also expected to be integrated into the fleet at the Miller Performance Training Center, which is based at Miller Motorsports Park. Designed for the high performance-driving enthusiast, the school provides professional instruction ranging from basic vehicle dynamics and car control to learning the fundamentals of high performance driving

"Miller Motorsports Park is very committed to having the Mustang as the focal point for several of our motorsports programs," said Miller Group C.E.O Greg Miller. "Securing the remaining examples of the FR500S allows us to not only create the opportunity for students to experience the car in a learning environment, but it also ensures that new drivers who are interested in joining the series will have that opportunity as well. We are also going to be adding one example to the museum at the track for our visitors to get a little bit longer look at the car than you might at the track. We are of course very much looking forward to seeing a whole field of FR500Ss race again when the Mustang Challenge season finale is here on the home track in September."

The car has also proven to be of interest to collectors and Mustang enthusiasts. An FR500S piloted by Dorsey Schroeder was auctioned as part of last November's Barrett-Jackson event at Las Vegas, and a second Mustang Challenge FR500S is likely to create similar interest when it is auctioned by SPX to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude's Children's Hospital in the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson event in January.

But those who fear that these remaining examples are destined for life as trailer queens can rest assured that the majority of the FR500S machines will be deployed where they were designed to be--on a race track. In addition to being available for sale to racers to compete in the Mustang Challenge, the FR500S is also eligible for competition in a wide variety of competition classes in SCCA and NASA, as well as in the Miller Motorsports Park-based Miller Performance Racing Association, giving owners of the $59,900 machine plenty of options for putting the car through its paces.

"This is great news for everyone associated with the Mustang Challenge and shows the commitment that the Miller Motorsports Park has to the series moving forward," said Series Director Lynda Randall. "I think that having the car be a part of the school is going to add that much more interest for drivers who are thinking about coming out and racing with us. Not only will their instructors be the same for them at one of our race weekends, the car will too!"

-credit: frmc

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