Ford Focus Electric makes its debut as first all-electric pace car for NASCAR

Article by Anita Panait, on April 27, 2012

Ford is getting two of its 2012 Focus Electric vehicles ready for their duty as pace cars for the Capital City 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup event, at Richmond International Raceway. The two 2012 Focus Electric pace cars, the first in the history of NASCAR, were unveiled in a public ceremony held at Virginia State Capitol by officials for Ford, NASCAR and the state of Virginia. 

Doing the honors were Eric Kuehn, chief nameplate engineer, Ford Global Electrified Programs; Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, and Mike Lynch, NASCAR's managing director of Green Innovation. After the unveiling ceremony, Bolling and Kuehn rode in one pace car while Lynch was in the other.

Together, they cruised to Richmond International Raceway, where they turned over the pace cars to Dennis Bickmeier, president of RIR. Kuehn said that Focus Electric’s participation in the Capital City 400 as a pace car will be a special moment for NASCAR fans, Virginians and for Ford. Bolling, meanwhile, remarked that Focus Electric’s role as pace car for NASCAR is proof that it is possible to combine performance and fuel-efficiency.

Bolling also took pride that the state of Virginia is the NASCAR host for this milestone in electric vehicles. Bolling noted that since Virginia is the energy capital of the East Coast, it is only fitting that the first ever all-electric pace car will debut at the Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

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