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.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. 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.


    1. 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?


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


        Oh, and a Chevy won at Bristol yesterday.


      2. 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.


      3. 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.


      4. 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.


      5. 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.


      6. 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.


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


    3. 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….


  2. 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


    1. 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!


      1. Dude, those are freakin’ hilarious!!

        “Fabricated Of Refried Dung”!!!

        I almost busted a gut laughing!!!


      2. BTW, it’s quiet in Ford country because…

        they’ve all been found on road dead…

        Ford country is a junkyard.


      3. 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.


    2. 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.


  3. 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!


    1. 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!


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