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.