Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Continues Relationship With Grand-Am; Sanctioning agreement extended as partnership grows Daytona Beach, FL (22 January 2009) -- Ford Racing Mustang Challenge officials confirmed in a press conference at Daytona ...
Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Continues Relationship With Grand-Am; Sanctioning agreement extended as partnership grows
Daytona Beach, FL (22 January 2009) -- Ford Racing Mustang Challenge officials confirmed in a press conference at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday that the series will be continued to be sanctioned by Grand-Am for the 2009 season.
Opening the year with a two-race series debut weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in conjunction with the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge on March 13-5, the ten-race Mustang Challenge season will be staged at eight different tracks in 2009. Five of the Mustang Challenge race weekends will be held in support of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and KONI Sports Car Challenge race meetings.
After an outstanding debut season of operation in 2008, Mustang Challenge is going from strength to strength as the single-make series prepares for 2009.
"Mustang Challenge has been fortunate to have partners like Ford Racing, Miller Motorsports Park, and BFGoodrich Tires, and having had the great first season that we did in 2008, we are looking forward to building on that by continuing our relationship with Grand-Am this year," said Mustang Challenge Series Director Lynda Randall. "We feel as though Grand-Am is a great fit for our series, and we are looking forward to building on the momentum we established last year to make 2009 an even better season as we grow the Mustang Challenge."
The relationship between Grand-Am and Mustang Challenge is also a symbiotic one, with several teams and drivers from the KONI Challenge ranks also participating in the Mustang Challenge series. Exemplary of that is the Daytona debut for 2008 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Champion Andrew Caddell, who will make his KONI Sports Car Challenge debut in Friday's Fresh From Florida 200 as part of the prize package secured with his championship laurels. Caddell will co-drive a Ford Mustang FR500C with fellow Mustang Challenge racer Jim Click, with the Jim Click Racing entry being campaigned by 2008 KONI Sports Car Challenge Championship team Hyper Sport.
"We are very pleased to extend the ongoing relationship that Grand-Am has with Mustang Challenge, and look forward to another great season of racing again in 2009," said Grand-Am President Roger Edmonson. "Between the series partners at Miller Motorpsorts Park and Ford Racing, there are a lot of great relationships already in place, and the continuation of this agreement will help promote even more growth moving forward so this is another positive step for everyone."
The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge season will open on March 13-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2009 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Schedule:
March 13-15 Homestead-Miami Speedway Grand-Am/KONI Sports Car Challenge
April 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park Ford Mustang 45th Anniversary
May 1-3 New Jersey Motorsports Park Grand-Am/Rolex+KONI Sports Car Challenge
May 15-17 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Grand-Am/Rolex+KONI Sports Car Challenge
June 12-14 Mosport International NASCAR Canadian Tire
June 19-21 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Grand-Am/Rolex+KONI Sports Car Challenge
July 24-6 Autobahn Country Club Mazda/Atlantic Autobahn Grand Prix
Sept. 18-20 Miller Motorsports Park Grand-Am/Rolex+KONI Sports Car Challenge