Ford Teams With Grand American As Official Vehicle and Pace Car Thunderbird to Pace 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson and ...
Ford Teams With Grand American As Official Vehicle and Pace Car
Thunderbird to Pace 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson and officials from Ford jointly announced today that Ford has been named the Official Vehicle and Pace Car of the Grand American Road Racing Association and its Rolex Sports Car Series. The legendary Ford Thunderbird will serve as the Official Pace Car when the season kicks off at the 40th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, scheduled to begin on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway.
"Grand American is proud to have Ford as the official pace car of the Rolex Sports Car Series," Edmondson commented. "Like sports car racing itself, our new Thunderbird pace car combines a rich heritage with the benefits of modern technology. Having the Thunderbird pace the field this weekend at the Rolex 24 At Daytona offers a perfect start to a partnership with Ford that I hope will last for many years."
"The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is one of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world," said Sam Scott, Ford Division Racing Marketing Manager. "The fact that the Thunderbird was selected as the Official Pace Car for this race is another accomplishment for the new car after being named Motor Trend's car of the year. Followers of the Rolex 24 Hours and the Rolex Sports Car Series are true enthusiasts who enjoy driving cars as part of their lifestyle. We feel that the Thunderbird provides the kind of driving experience that will appeal to these fans."
Reintroduced for the 2002 model year, the Ford Thunderbird was named the 2002 Motor Trend Car of the Year for the fourth time since its initial release in 1958. In the 50-year history of Motor Trend, no other model has captured the prestigious and coveted award as many times as the Thunderbird.
Ford will serve as the pace car for all 10 of the Rolex Series races during the 2002 season. Ford will provide support vehicles to the series, including the Thunderbird, Mustang and top-selling sport utility vehicles such as the Escape, America's best-selling small SUV, the Expedition and the all-new Explorer, the best-selling SUV since 1991.
The 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will kick off the 2002 Rolex Sports Car Series season, as well as SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are currently on sale for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be broadcast on Speedvision.