Pacing NASCAR race cars around Homestead-Miami Speedway isn't exactly the way most automakers recommend breaking in a new car, but that's exactly what will happen to one lucky contest winner's 2013 Ford Fusion later this year.
The Michigan automaker says that it and telecommunications giant Sprint have partnered to give a 2013 Fusion away as part of their concisely-named "Win a Fusion Pace Car" contest.
The white 2013 Fusion pace car was unveiled today at a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle apparently put it through its paces as part of a "shakedown" earlier this month at the automaker's Dearborn testing facilities.
Unlike other giveaways, the Fusion that will lap Homestead-Miami in November is actually the one that will be delivered to its new owner. Ford didn't state what modifications will be done to the pace car, but a removable light bar and various graphics are visible in the image the automaker released.
"We are very excited about the all-new 2013 production Fusion and the new 2013 Fusion race car that will compete next year,"ť Ford Racing motorsports marketing manager Tim Duerr said in a statement released to members of the media. "A lucky consumer race fan is going to be able to win this car - which will have some history to it as well - and that is very exciting."ť
The Fusion pace car is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo model with 18-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.
The car will be displayed at six remaining NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.