2015 Ford Mustang pace carEnlarge Photo
The 2015 Ford Mustang is about to take part in what we bet will be the first of many official safety car outings for the sixth-generation car. The first will be at the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2014, and behind the wheel will be Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] head of its Americas unit.
Shown above, the new pace car is a stock 2015 Mustang GT finished in red and decked out with “50 Years” logos. Being a GT, it packs a 5.0-liter V-8 engine generating more than 420 horsepower and more than 390 pound-feet of torque. It also features obligatory NASCAR logos and a light bar.
Starting off its pacing duties at Michigan International Speedway is fitting since the Mustang is built at the nearby Flat Rock assembly plant, so the upcoming Quicken Loans 400 is almost like a home event for the car, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
For many fans, this will be one of the first opportunities to see the 2015 Mustang in action. The car isn’t due in showrooms until the fall, so Sunday’s race will be a nice little preview, and there could be plenty of work for it—cars will be running unrestricted here and speeds in excess of 200 mph are common.