Ford unveiled the new generation Fusion in early January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and, right on cue, it has been followed by the NASCAR version. This is, in fact, the third time Ford has simultaneously launched production and NASCAR versions of a new model. The first dual launch came in 1968, with the sleek fastback Ford Torino and then again in 2006 with the Fusion .
The NASCAR Ford Fusion features a very aggressive stance from the outside and the inside, but keeps the proportions found in the production Fusion. There are brand and design cues on the side of the vehicle and an identifiable front end grill with the distinctive look of a Ford.
"This is a seminal moment in the sport where we had a chance to get it right once again and make sure the race cars are race versions of street cars. And I am proud because I believe we have accomplished just that," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "The 2013 Fusion is a stunning car and the 2013 NASCAR Fusion is even more stunning and I can’t wait to see it perform on the track and connect with race fans."
The new NASCAR Ford Fusion will be enduring its testing season for the entire year and will then have its racing debut at the 2013 Daytona 500 in February.
UPDATE 05/23/12: Ford Racing has unveiled the first livery of the Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup race car. It bears the red and white colors of Motorcraft, which, if you didn’t know, is Ford’s spare parts division. Check out the Fusion’s new digs leading up to its maiden NASCAR voyage this season.
The upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup series races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Richmond International Raceway will get a pinkish treat when a specially themed Chevrolet Camaro SS will serve as the official pace car for the two events.
Decked in an eye-catching pink color finish with all the matching decals, this special edition Camaro will be used in the continuous effort of raising awareness against breast cancer.
While there doesn’t appear to be any performance modifications done on the American muscle car, the significance of its participation in the Sprint Cup will come in the form of $200 donations made by Chevrolet for each caution lap the pink pace car does in the two races.
In society’s continuing battle with the deadly disease, Chevrolet has been one of the fiercest supporters in the fight against breast cancer. “For 100 years, Chevy has been helping people along the journey of life in countless ways,” said Alan Batey, the company’s vice president for Sales and Service.
"Together with our race fans, Chevrolet wants to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer, more birthdays and longer journeys.”
As it stands, the Camaro SS is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 412 horsepower and 408 lb/ft of torque. Impressive numbers to say the least; but in this particular case, powertrains and engine outputs aren’t all that important compared to the symbolism surrounding the pace car’s pink paint finish.
There’s no denying that motorsports is still a male-dominated sport, but over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of skilled and able women drivers participate in varying levels of competitive racing. And while some have been more successful than others, the growing number of lady racers has become a fresh of breath air on a sport that has long been considered a "man’s league".
From the Danica Patricks to the Jodie Kidds and the Susie Stoddarts, there’s no shortage of talent for the fairer sex when it comes to sitting behind the wheel of a racer and going bumper-to-bumper with some of the best male racers in the world. With all these names already in the fold, we come to Maryeve Dufault, an up-and-coming racer that’s scheduled to make her NASCAR debut in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal this weekend. Though not as popular as some of her veteran contemporaries, the Quebec-born Dufault has exhibited great skills as a race car driver through her stint in the ARCA feeder series. But more than her talents on the track, Dufault has also been turning heads recently because, in so many words, she’s hot. As in really, really hot. As in model-caliber hot with a list of credits to her name, including a stint with the New York Euphoria team in the Lingerie Bowl and on The Price is Right.
We don’t know exactly how Dufault’s going to do in her baptism of fire in the world of NASCAR, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing her in action behind the wheel of a stock car or, you know, that whole modeling thing she does.
The weekend is here and if you’re looking to find a fun way to spend your time then check out the new game called "Mobil 1 Track Challenge." This has to be the coolest game we have seen in a very long time because it gives players the ability to choose from a list of extraordinary drivers, including F1’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR’s Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman.
The graphics aren’t cheesy like a lot of online games and you get to choose from hundreds of tracks to race on. Players can even build their own track and play along with their friends. All they have to do is sign in under the wide range of social sites available and get to work. There’s even personalized clips from the champion drivers!
To start, choose your professional driver and start your engines! The arrow keys are used to navigate the vehicle and the space bar is used for the brake. Maneuvering the up arrow to accelerate and the left and right arrows to turn at the same time is a bit tricky, but you get the hang of it once you really get going.
Every racetrack these days seem to be in the spirit of one-upping the other with their own set of pace cars. The 2011 Quaker State 400 NASCAR event at the Kentucky Speedway, though, will have something a little different in mind. In collaboration with Ford , the Kentucky Speedway is set to unveil a special edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible called “the Kentucky Speedway Mustang Pace Cars”.
Limited to only 43 units to signify the number of entrants that will compete in the inaugural Quaker State 400, the special edition Mustang will come with a number of unique features, including a special exterior package that comes with an all-white paint finish, an “Official Pace Car” badging, a pedestal spoiler, side scoops, a decklid panel, and NASCAR and Kentucky Speedway logos. Each of the 43 Mustangs will be numbered individually for collection purposes, making each of them a true collector’s piece.
Talking about the partnership with Ford, Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said: "It’s natural for us to work together to spotlight the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visit to this region. Ford Racing and our regional Ford dealers are coming through once again with great programs that showcase our ’Quaker State 400’ and the outstanding Ford lineup,"
Those interested in buying one of the 43 limited edition models will also receive free tickets to the Quaker State 400 race on July 9, 2011, as well as an opportunity to drive their Mustang around the track during the parade lap with a Sprint Cup driver.
A special edition Ford Mustang and a chance to drive around an actual NASCAR event during the parade lap? That’s a pretty good deal, if you ask us.
In the world of crossover drivers, a lot of people have wondered how a Formula One driver can fare driving a stripped down NASCAR stock car and a NASCAR driver can handle the technology of a Formula One race car. It’s a scenario that we’ve all wondered and now, thanks to Mobil 1, we might find our answer.
The motorsport oil company and sponsor for both the McLaren F1 team and the Stewart-Haas NASCAR team have come out with a marketing campaign that has the Formula One Champion and the 2-time Sprint Cup Winner taking the other driver’s car to see how they can fare in uncharted cockpits. Will Tony Stewart be able to understand the technology employed in the MP4-26? How will Lewis Hamilton react to driving Stewart’s #14 stock car and all the bumps and bruises it’s bound to come in?
These questions will soon be answered in Mobil 1’s running campaign. For now, check out the teaser video to see how the two ace drivers size up each other and their respective rides.
The recently launched Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is headed to the big time as Porsche has just announced that Jimmy Johnson’s number 48, Chad Knauss will have the pleasure of lapping the sports sedan during the Sprint Cup.
According to the email we received, Johnson said he needed an edge to beat out Kyle Busch and his Toyota Camry and he thought the Panamera S Hybrid would be the way to go. The Panamera would be further prepared to tackle the circuits with the use of the Sports Intelligence Performance Hybrid running gear borrowed from the GT3 RS and 918 Race Lab and a V8/KERS system developed with Williams Grand Prix Engineering.
Johnson commented on this decision by saying that "having Porsche on the grid will get people excited about something, ANYthing, that he does and will hopefully erase some of his reputation of being boring. ’Maybe.’"
If you haven’t guessed by now, this is 100% an April Fool’s joke. Did they get ya?
There are a lot of things that sound unnatural to combine, but actually make for quite an interesting surprise when they are. The combination of turkey, duck, and chicken - the Turducken - comes to mind. Who really needs three different birds– at the same time? However, while the latest combination might sound crazy, it just might make a bit more sense then that. Top Gear USA and NASCAR have just announced NASCAR’s Top Gear 300. The race will be part of NASCAR’s Nationwide series and will take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28th, 2011.
While those dedicated to Top Gear UK may at first be very much against Top Gear USA’s partnership since all NASCAR does is, “turn left”, it actually makes quite a lot of sense.
The reason Top Gear UK is so good is twofold. First off, Top Gear UK’s got chemistry. Clarkson, Hammond and May are all “best mates” on and off the screen and that shows; it’s part of what makes Top Gear UK so fun. Top Gear UK also has a massive amount of viewers. The massive amount of viewers allows the BBC to give Top Gear UK a bigger budget, which finances better production and the road trips that we all know and love. Vietnam, the North Pole, and Bolivia– none of those would have happened without the money.
You might have wondered exactly why the latest Transformers trailer was aired during the Daytona 500. Well, apart from the NASCAR race being one of the most watched sporting events in the US, the new trailer was aptly aired during the race because of a partnership between the movie and the racing series.
If you had no idea before, then let this new trailer be your introduction to three new robots that will be featured in the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise: they’re Chevrolet Impalas dressed up as NASCAR race cars that also happen to be Transformers.
Until now, no names or affiliations – word has it that they’re one of the good guys – have been given for these three racing robots, but whatever their allegiances are, it’s still pretty cool to see some US-bred NASCAR racers in the movie.
The movie hits theaters on July 1st, 2011, making it another four-month wait for ardent fans of the franchise. And if you’re fans of NASCAR like we are, there’s another reason – or three – to anxiously wait for the movie’s release. Until then, check out the new Transformers trailer and keep a sharp eye out for those bad-ass NASCAR Transformers.
The ever-growing TV niche that is reality television is in the process of adding one new member to its family, and this time around, every NASCAR-loving person in the world should definitely stand up and take notice.
NBC, together with NASCAR , is in the process of developing a reality-based TV show that will center on the world of NASCAR. The show, which has been given the working title ‘The Crew’, will be written and produced by Joe Pokaski – you might remember him from his work with Heroes – with NBC Universal-based producer Scott Stuber. The idea for the show centers around a NASCAR racing team where, despite having their own personal lives, still works together to become the best team they could be.
No timetable has been set on when the show will begin to air, but NBC is working hard on acquiring licenses from NASCAR to use names, logos, tracks, and race footage to make the show as realistic as possible.
Nevertheless, this NASCAR-centered reality drama will definitely attract its share of viewers when the show begins airing on NBC. When that will be is still up in the air, but consider our curiosities to be definitely piqued, especially considering NBC gave up the opportunity to host America’s version of Top Gear because they didn’t feel America would respond well to a car themed TV show. Hmm...