Mustang Challenge Hits the High Banks at Homestead-Miami

Mustang Challenge at Homestead-Miami

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Next month’s double-header Ford Racing Mustang Challenge season-opening Grand Prix of Miami race weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway will feature a new twist--or more accurately, a new corner--as Series officials have announced that the field will take to the high banks and utilize the configuration on the 2.3-mile oval-based circuit that features the variable banking on the “NASCAR 3 and 4” corners.
 
Utilizing the Ford Mustang FR500S, the first-ever Ford production-line built race car, Mustang Challenge is sanctioned by GRAND-AM and is a support series to major professional road racing events across North America. 2010 is the third season of competition for the Mustang Challenge, with the Homestead visit marking the second consecutive year of opening the championship at the track, but this year will be the first time for the drivers and cars to take on the unique variable banking that makes Homestead such a racy track.
 
The move comes in partnership with BFGoodrich Tires, which provides the specification BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tire for every driver in the series to be able to capitalize on its razor-sharp steering response.  The BFGoodrich g-Force R1 is a purpose-built track tire with a predictable grip limit that has delivered faster year-over-year lap times in road racing competitions including on the FR500S that is run in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge.
 
“Through our partnership with the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge series, we gain the opportunity to showcase the BFGoodrich g-Force R1 and its quick warm-up, superior cornering power and consistent, lap-after-lap grip.  This year’s season-opening Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Miami Speedway, and additional courses during the season, will once again demonstrate that with the Ford Mustang FR500S, BFGoodrich Tires have race-proven performance on powerful vehicles,” said Roberts Kukainis, BFGoodrich Tires motorsports manager.
 
The two drivers who took the wins at Homestead in 2009-Ted Anthony Jr., and series Champion Andrew Caddell, have new plans for the 2010 season, and might not be racing in the Homestead round, giving a clear path for two new drivers to possibly make their names with wins at the South Florida facility.
 
“Starting our race season at Homestead is a perfect way for us to kick off the year,” said Mustang Challenge Series Director Lynda Randall.  “Our drivers are very excited about the chance to run on the banking this year and having a double-header race weekend will only add more excitement to kick off the season. BF Goodrich Tires have been a great partner for the series, providing so much engineering support and effort to the series, and we are really pleased to be able to offer our drivers this opportunity. I think we’re going to put on another great show for the fans.”

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