James Hunt to Take on the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge at Homestead Miami Speedway Hunt to head West to Miller before South to Homestead Indianapolis, IN-- (7 February 2009) -- SpeedTV.com columnist and road racer James Hunt will add an ...
James Hunt to Take on the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge at Homestead Miami Speedway
Hunt to head West to Miller before South to Homestead
Indianapolis, IN-- (7 February 2009) -- SpeedTV.com columnist and road racer James Hunt will add an exciting new line on his racing resume next month as he joins the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge to make his series debut at Homestead Miami Speedway on March 13-15. The Homestead race weekend will see Hunt racing in round one of the double-header weekend, which will kick off the ten-race 2009 Mustang Challenge season. Hunt will be in familiar company in the paddock, as the event will also feature round 2 of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge season.
Racing for Capaldi Racing, Hunt will be piloting the "Media Car," which will be deployed at select events through the 2009 Mustang Challenge season. Doing double duty as both a racer and a journalist, the event will see Hunt look to quickly adapt to several new factors.
Adding to the pressure will be the fact that Hunt's fans wont just be reading about the race, as the entire experience will be well documented on camera as well. Several GoPro cameras will be placed in and around the car to capture the action, with the footage slated to be posted on mustangchallenge.com.
"This will be my first time racing at Homestead and my first time in a Mustang, so if I'm able to race in the top five, I'd consider that a success for my first time out," said Hunt. "I've been sharing the car with a co-driver in KONI Challenge, so to go back to having everything be on my shoulders is something I'm really looking forward to. Also, that all these Mustang FR500S machines are the same specification makes it that much more up to me as far as getting the job done! I'm really grateful for this opportunity to race in a series that enjoys backing from a manufacturer like Ford."
Like many of the racers in Mustang Challenge, Hunt will begin his race preparations from behind the wheel of another Ford Mustang as he will participate in the Miller Performance Training Center at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah in advance of the Homestead weekend.
"I watched the Mustang Challenge race at Miller and it was an amazingly close battle so I'm really excited to get out there myself," said Hunt, who will be keeping the public posted on his progress through his recurring articles on SpeedTV.com. "That experience is one that we'll be looking forward to talking about, since going out to the school at Miller is something that has been a big part of the process for guys going from enthusiasts to racers in the Mustang Challenge."
Hunt will look to learn as much as possible, as the bulk of his racing laps have come from behind the wheel of front-wheel drive machinery. But like 2008 Champion Andrew Caddell, he does have race time in a Spec Miata to put to use, not to mention the rear-wheel drive platform that saw Hunt break through to take second overall on the SPEED Program "Setup."
"I'd like to hope that I can do what Andrew did because he was amazing to watch in the Mustangs last year," said Hunt. "I also watched him race in the KONI event at Daytona, so hopefully I can mimic his speed in these Mustangs and impress some team owners!"
"We're very excited about getting the 2009 Mustang Challenge season off to a strong start at Homestead and adding someone like James to the mix will only make it more interesting," said Mustang Challenge Marketing Director Jamie Slone. "He's going to have to adjust to a lot of things very quickly, but no question it is going to be an exciting ride for him and the readers as well!"