NEW FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302R READY FOR RACING DEBUT AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 29, 2010 -- Forty years ago, racing legend Parnelli Jones piloted a Mustang BOSS 302 to a championship title. Starting Friday, five Ford Racing BOSS 302R...
NEW FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302R READY FOR RACING DEBUT AT DAYTONA
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 29, 2010 -- Forty years ago, racing legend Parnelli Jones piloted a Mustang BOSS 302 to a championship title. Starting Friday, five Ford Racing BOSS 302R teams look to channel the spirit of Jones' success and go for another championship while Jones himself looks on.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Parnelli Jones' 1970 Trans-Am Championship in a Mustang BOSS 302 prepared by Bud Moore Engineering, Ford Racing recently introduced the new BOSS 302R, a factory-built race ready Mustang for track days and road racing in a number of SCCA and NASA classes.
Built with a special Grand Am Homologation Package, the BOSS 302R will compete in the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly known as KONI Challenge), starting with the season-opening race in Daytona on Jan. 29, 2010. Multimatic Motorsports, Jim Click Racing, JBS Motorsports and Racer's Edge Motorsports will campaign for their first victory this weekend, and Parnelli Jones will be on hand at the track, visiting with the teams and drivers.
"The original BOSS 302 was a championship-winning icon," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North Motorsports. "The new Mustang BOSS 302R will be ready to carry on that tradition. The Mustang was born to race from the start, and this new Mustang is born to win."
The BOSS 302R features the Ford Racing Boss 302 crate engine, based on the new 5.0-liter 4-valve V-8 found in the 2011 Mustang GT. With the Grand Am Homologation Package, this turnkey race car also includes a 6-speed manual transmission with a roll cage, race seats, a safety harness, race dampers and springs, upgraded brakes and tires. The total ready-to-race package will cost $129,000 (MSRP).
The BOSS 302R follows in the very successful footsteps of its most recent road racing predecessor -- the Mustang FR500C from Ford Racing. In 2005, when the Mustang FR500C debuted at Daytona, the first car was delivered on Wednesday of that week and won the KONI Challenge race on Friday.
In five years of competition since then, the FR500C has won three drivers' championships, including back-to-back (2008 -- 2009) Triple Crown championships of driver, team and manufacturers titles in KONI competition. The FR500C has also seen success in European FIA GT3 and FIA GT4 competition, and also by the recent E-85 fueled land speed record set by Hajek Motorsports at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
"We expect the BOSS 302R to continue the successful tradition of winning, factory-built race cars from Ford Racing," said Allison. "The FR500C and FR500S road racing Mustangs, and the CobraJet drag racer have proven to be competitive right out of the box for our customers, helping teams win races and championships. We have high hopes for the BOSS 302R to provide that same sort of competitive product for our customers with the tradition you can only get from Ford Racing."
Ford Racing engineer Andy Slankard has been instrumental in the development and testing of the new BOSS 302R. Slankard attended the recent Daytona test sessions and is confident with the performance of the purpose-built race car.
"We have won three championships in five years, so we know how to make a Mustang fast," said Slankard. "So far, everything is looking really solid. I don't anticipate any major changes. We are pretty sorted with the content that will be in the car. We are just working on things to make sure they are durable and reliable."
Available through the Ford Racing warehouse, a total of 50 BOSS 302R Mustangs will be built by Ford Racing. Delivery is anticipated in third quarter of 2010. For those who miss out on the initial lot of 50, Ford Racing Performance Parts will sell all the parts necessary to convert a Mustang to a BOSS 302R including the BOSS 302 engine.
-source: ford racing