The 2006 Ford Fusion is making its first appearance this weekend as pace car for Sunday's Banquet 400. Fusion will be replacing Taurus as Ford's racing entry in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series next season. Burt Diamond, ...
The 2006 Ford Fusion is making its first appearance this weekend as pace car for Sunday's Banquet 400. Fusion will be replacing Taurus as Ford's racing entry in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series next season. Burt Diamond, Global Marketing Manager for Ford Racing Technology, spoke about the brand new Fusion and it's on-track debut.
BURT DIAMOND, Global Marketing Manager, Ford Racing Technology
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT FUSION BEING THE PACE CAR THIS WEEKEND? "We're proud to showcase our new 2006 Ford Fusion pace car for the first time before a sellout crowd and national television audience this weekend. We got a great response from the public when we unveiled our NASCAR Fusion race car in Charlotte earlier this year and we've got high hopes that this car will be a winner on the track and in dealer showrooms. This is the first of two races where Fusion will serve as the pace car, with the other being the Ford 400 at Ford Championship Weekend in Homestead next month, so this is a terrific opportunity for race fans and consumers alike to see the car in action.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TAURUS AS IT GOES INTO ITS FINAL MONTH OF COMPETITION? "Taurus has been an icon nameplate for Ford since its introduction in the 1980s, and a very successful race car for us since 1998 when we put it on track with NASCAR. We've won three driver's championships, with hopefully a fourth on the way, and three manufacturer's titles during that time. Earlier this year, Taurus celebrated its 100th all-time NASCAR Nextel Cup series victory, so we feel that Taurus is leaving NASCAR at the very least as a winner, and hopefully as a champion. That being said, we're excited about having Fusion as the face of our NASCAR effort next season. Fusion is the first all-new nameplate that Ford will be racing since the Torino in 1968, and we're confident it will have just as much success as its predecessors."