Friday, October 19, 2012

FORD RACING NEWS for October 19th 2012

NASCAR's Chase Rolls into Kansas; Slankard Talks '13 Fusion Testing

Following his fourth-place finish at Charlotte last weekend, Greg Biffle moved up three spots to sixth in the standings and aims to continue that trend this weekend at Kansas where record speeds are expected. Ford Racing's NASCAR Operations Manager Andy Slankard also gives us his insight on testing the 2013 NASCAR Fusion HERE. And if you'll be at Kansas Motor Speedway this weekend, be sure to stop by the Ford Display where many of Ford's drivers and team owners will be making appearances!

M-Sport WRC Fiestas Aim to Tame Italian Gravel Challenge

With just two rallies left on the 2012 calendar, the Ford World Rally Team would love nothing more than to close out the season with a pair of victories. This weekend's penultimate round takes place in Italy, and it marks the final gravel rally of the year as well. M-Sport's pair of Fiestas will be piloted by regulars Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg, and both are aiming to repeat their performances from Wales Rally GB, the series' most recent gravel rally in which Latvala won and Solberg took third. Get the full story at

Gittin Mustang Shreds Tires at Flat Rock Assembly in 2nd Shift Drift

Fresh off the announcement of Ford's new partnership with Formula Drift comes Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s 2nd Shift Drift. Featuring Vaughn’s unique pre-delivery process, 2nd Shift Drift sees Gittin driving his Mustang drifter off of the Flat Rock, MI, assembly line (where new Mustangs are born!) and through a series of incredible maneuvers around the property – until he’s satisfied that the car’s ready to “ship” to the Ford dealer. Join Gittin as he turns Flat Rock into his playground HERE! Miss the action from last weekend's Formula Drift finale from Irwindale? Check out Gittin's thoughts and our RECAP VIDEO, too!

Cobra Jets Shine with Trio of wins and five National Records

More than 20 Mustang Cobra Jets were in action last weekend and they made the most of their time on track, taking three event wins (among countless round wins) and setting five new national records! Winners included Bo Butner at the Las Vegas Sports Nationals, Bo Kenney at the Dutch Classic and PB Candies at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional at Baytown, TX. Cobra Jets also went 2-0 in heads-up competition against COPO Camaros.

Sportsman: Fazio's 64½ Mustang Takes SS Crown at Maple Grove

Despite consistently strong performances at most NHRA Division 1 tracks, Bobby Fazio of Norristown, PA, felt he never quite "got in a groove" at Maple Grove Raceway. Well, that all changed this weekend when Fazio went seven rounds to win the SS title in his 1964½ Mustang. With a final pass of 10.900 seconds @ 113.2 MPH, Fazio was definitely in a "groove." Way to go Bobby!

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