Cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale will be led by a highly-customized Ford Mustang as a pace car at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This highly-customized Mustang is featured as the hero car in the up-and-coming Hollywood movie, “Need for Speed,” and is also playable in the Electronic Arts game “Need for Speed Rivals.”
The pace car will be piloted by Ramon Rodriguez, a film cast member. Tim Duerr, Ford Racing motorsports marketing manager, remarked that when the opportunity to showcase the ‘Need for Speed’ Mustang at their marquee event came up months ago, they decided right away to make it the core of Ford Championship Weekend.
He added that they have always tried to incorporate some of their latest products “that make up Ford’s versatile car and truck lineup,” adding that the three vehicles they are using this year “continues that trend.”
Ford will also use the all-new F-150 Tremor as the pace vehicle for the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Nov. 15. It will also use the Mustang GT500 as the pace car for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 on Nov. 16. Homestead-Miami Speedway president Matthew Becherer remarked that the new Ford vehicles befit the three NASCAR championship races over the weekend.
“Ford is a fantastic partner and we’re thrilled that its cars will be on display for a packed house and millions more to see on television across the world,” Becherer said. ”The “Need for Speed” Mustang, built exclusively for the movie, features a custom-designed wide body created for this new role. It is powered by a supercharged 900-horsepower V-8 engine and features enlarged lower grille with corner air intakes as well as distinct 22-inch alloy wheels. [source: Ford]