2011 Mustang V6 Snags Rare Honor

In an encore performance, a Mustang is once again pacing a major NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The recently unveiled 2011 Mustang V6 has been selected as the pace car for the the Food City 500, coming up this Sunday at Bristol International Speedway.

This is the second time in the current NASCAR Sprint Cup season that a Mustang has paced the field. In February, the 2011 5.0 GT was piloted by NASCAR legend Richard Petty during the pace lap of the Daytona 500.

So what makes the second time so special? No one can remember when two Fords (much less two Mustangs) were selected for pace car duties in a NASCAR single season. What we’re witnessing is recognition of Ford’s commitment to the Mustang, and to continue offering a thrilling ride to the every day performance car enthusiast.

At 305HP, this fuel efficient pony (EPA 31MPG highway) will be more than capable of performing its pace car duties, yet is still the first performance car ever (over 300HP) to achieve greater than 30MPG. The 2011 V6 Mustang is powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.7-liter dual-overhead-cam (DOHC) V-6 engine that uses advanced engineering to deliver its combination of power and economy. Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) adjusts the valvetrain in microseconds depending on driver inputs, further contributing to the engine’s overall efficiency.

The Food City 500 gets rockin’ at 1PM on Sunday, 3/21/2010, on Fox.

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  • David

    Makes me proud to own a stang, especially a V6, muscle for life..

  • Ryan P

    I’m damn well drooling over both the V6 and V8 2011 Mustangs… if only I had the cash :(

  • jimmy carguy

    What’s going to be a rare honor is when a Ford actually wins a race!

    Chevys have won 3 out of 4 NASCAR races, and the majority of cars in the Top 20 standings are Chevys!

    Horsepower beats gas mileage every time, boys.


      get these chevy people off here! Don’t u guys have any websites to go on, that r chevy, or is there just nothing but the mustang for u guys to ditch on?

      • jimmy carguy

        Mr. Shelby, it seems you’ve misspelled your own name, and a lot of other words.


        Oh, and a Chevy won at Bristol yesterday.

        • Cory Wright

          Oh because the motors in chevy’s on the track have any relation to any of their factory motors…

          • jimmy carguy

            That’s “wright” Cory, they do!

          • John

            Its a shame those chevy guys (J.Johnson for 1) cant do it without cheating. :-O If their cars where so much better they wouldnt need to cheat. Oh and if their street cars where not total s%&t they wouldnt need taxpayers money to keep their doors open. Didn’t see ford holding their hand out begging for a handout like chevy and dodge.

          • jimmy carguy

            Well, Johnny On The Spot, maybe you could tell us about all the cheating, since it’s never been reported anywhere yet…

            Ford didn’t need taxpayers money, they got it from their partner, Mazda.

          • John

            well jimmy come out of the cave. where would you like to start? Modified fuel tank to register as full with just 5 gallons rather than the 20 everyone else had to have during daytony quilifying. I could go on but thats a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG list for the hendrick boys. Why do you think his crew cheif was banned from nascar. Its just a damn shame mark had to join that circus.

          • jimmy carguy

            You’re really on the spot, Johnny.

            Thanks for not boring me with your loooooooooong fantasy cheating list.

            “Bending The Rules” is a time honored NASCAR tradition.

            Winning races is a long time Chevy tradition.

            Yeah, it’s a shame Mark wanted to be with a winner.

      • http://www.americanmuscle.com/ AMStanger

        Okay, enough. If you guys are going to insist on being unpleasant, I am going to start deleting comments. This is a Mustang blog, so either give them (and us) the same respect we accord to every type of American muscle cars, or stop posting.

    • Will

      Get these chevy fans off of American Muscle, if they havent noticed yet American Muscle sells parts for Mustangs, not crappy chevy’s.

      • http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=hemi&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi HEMI

        Yeah, get out of here, ya bums. You’re not the only one who blows away Rustangs.

    • http://none LarryB’sstang

      refernce jimmy carguys reply: he states 20 of the top standings are chevys, well if he is talking about nascar races, out of the 43 or so cars, over half are chevys. the other remaining are lot of toyotas, afew fords and 4 or 5 dodge products. If you figure the odds
      a chevy should win most of the races….

  • Rich McGrory

    Really great for ford and american cars, and also mustang fans in general, when do you think you will begin developmental tuning for these 2011 six bangers, i am looking to pick one up as soon as they are availible to the public

  • zack s

    chevrolet= Cracked Head Every Valve Rattles Oil leaks Every Time
    ford= First On Race Day

    • djc

      dude you are the first person i have ever heard of to use the letters in chevrolet to dis it so bad. freakin sweet

    • Diss This

      First On Recall Day
      First On Road to Dump
      Fix Or Repair Daily
      Found On Road Dead
      Fast Only Rolling Downhill
      Fabricated Of Refried Dung
      Fatally Obese Redneck Driver
      Formed Of Rejected DNA

      You gotta admit it, these are hilarious!

      • andrew

        Dude, those are freakin’ hilarious!!

        “Fabricated Of Refried Dung”!!!

        I almost busted a gut laughing!!!

      • John

        On a quiet night, in ford country, you can hear a chevy rust.

        • andrew

          John, you can’t be serious. Is that the best you can do???

          • andrew

            BTW, it’s quiet in Ford country because…

            they’ve all been found on road dead…

            Ford country is a junkyard.

          • John

            I could make something up but the truth hurts more. Ford country is a junkyard? LOL How come anytime i look into a junkyard theres never any for parts just dodge and ****** chevys.

            edited to remove obscenities. Keep comments clean and polite, or I WILL start deleting them.

    • http://www.americanmuscle.com/ AMStanger

      Again, keep comments civil and polite, or I will delete them. This is not the place to bicker about Ford versus Chevy, this is a blog about Ford Mustangs. We accord all American muscle cars respect, and we ask the same courtesy in return. Nobody likes a troll, so let’s keep comments on-topic and civil.

  • Shane Hall

    That also makes me glad to be a V6 owner! i hate is when people tell me that the V6 isnt a Mustang! i have to grab them by the wrist and lead them to my VIN Number and ask them what is says, they end up saying it says, “Mustang” i got them there haha!

    • JTaylor23

      Most people I find who say V6 Mustangs stink drive something like an 84′ Honda! Stop hating on V6 Mustangs! I love mine and these Chevy lovers do need to get off American Muscle!



    • Socrates

      Dude, that was profound

  • wizard

    Jesus Drives A MUSTANG

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Built_My_Hotrod Hey Zeus

    Jesus don’t need no car.

    He don’t believe in no wizards, neither.

  • http://none LarryB’sstang

    I own a 2002 v6 Mustang, I just wish it had 300 HP however, I still love it!!!

  • joe lore

    hey rich mcgrory your a little cunt, come out to lax so i can mess you up ill drive my subaru up your ass