TOOELE, UT (22 June 2010) – Whether it is getting a good jump on a restart or cutting the chicane as close as they dare, every racer is looking for the chance to move up. And that’s not just true on the track, as drivers know that they have to make the most of every opportunity off the track as well.
BFGoodrich Tires and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge have combined to create exactly the kind of opportunity a driver craves--the chance to make a big move up to the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge.
The “Mustang Challenge Driver Shootout” will put one driver behind the wheel for the season-finale Mustang Challenge race at Miller Motorsports Park on September 11. The Mustang Challenge Shootout mixes talent, new media savvy, and the drive to win to give one driver the chance of a lifetime.
Racers who think that they’ve got what it takes can upload a video demonstrating why they would be a good candidate to race in the Mustang Challenge. Drivers can use videos that have been posted on BFGoodrich's Nation of Go, YouTube, or a video site of their choice.
Entries will be accepted starting immediately, with the deadline for filing an entry being the checkered flag for round nine of the 2010 Mustang Challenge season at Autobahn Speedway(August 1st). From the submitted videos, five entrants will be selected as final contestants.
From there, the real competition kicks off as the finalists will travel to Miller Motorsports Park and receive training at the Ford Racing Miller Performance Training Center before being run through a variety of exercises in and out of the Ford Mustangs. And it won’t just be their stopwatches that the judges will be looking at, as the panel of judges on hand will watch as the drivers show their skills along the same scope of talents that are required for pro racing success in the modern world, from data analysis and media interaction to the ability to find a strong set up quickly.
For the finalists, the goal will be simple--convince the panel of judges that they are the driver who should be taking the green flag as the Mustang Challenge season finale kicks off.
All applicants must hold a valid race license (SCCA, NASA, ASN-FIA Kart, – see Rules for more information), but not have any pro racing starts on their racing resume. The contest is open to individuals ages 18 and older residing in the United States and Canada.
The judges will review all eligible videos received during the contest period. The judges will evaluate each video based on quality, content, personality and overall entertainment and select the five videos that best convey a candidate who can go the full distance to make it to race in the Mustang Challenge.
Year : 1990 sm 1990 ssm 2007 MX5 Cup Posts: 62
I was told that the Mustang series ends this Sept. DONE. In fact they still have cars that were produced by Ford but never sold for sale. Could be a god buy only 75 were made by Ford. I believe the price now is around 45000. I was told this by a racer in the series.
Car #: 82/73
Year : 1991 Posts: 2015
And he was running 4th, challenging for 3rd when a RF hub failure dropped him back to 11th in the last few laps of the 2nd race. Ran the whole race with a deteriorating hub and still ran the 2nd fastest lap of the race!
91 BRG SMT RIP 06 MX-5 Cup
"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'Holy sh*t...what a ride!'" - Unknown
Car #: 89
Year : 90 Posts: 163
If I know Dean he will have some video up for us in the next few days. I think it was all that practice in the ford powered V8 volvo he's been seen in. Dean you are a class act and I am sure you opened up a few eyes with your video intro and following it up with the driving.
Car #: 93
Year : 1996 Posts: 83
Good Racing Dean! I was watching Sundays race from the wilson grandstands over by the clubhouse. I was rooting for you, Pratt Cole and Ben Crosland. Ben obviously did pretty well for himself with the victory, but It was initially pretty exciting for me to have you and Pratt nose to tail for a few laps until he got black flagged. You did a great job until the mechanical. Really stood your own against the series veterans with much more time behind the wheel of those mustangs! You were hanging strong looking at that 3rd position for quite a while and the guy in 5th didn't really have much for you.
It was a fun race to watch!
Also a second nod to Dan McKeever. He has helped lots of us over the years, he's a great instructor and a great cheerleader. He's also a long time SM guy and will be racing with us this week in the championships. That's really great that you could spend some time with him this past week.
Car #: 88
Year : 1990 Posts: 186
I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Miller Racing School and got to work with and be around Dean this weekend a little bit. I can not say enough about how much of a pleasure it is to be around Dean and how great a job he did throughout the weekend. He is a great all around racer and did a fantastic job around some very good experienced Mustang drivers. No doubt that a little more time with that Mustang and he would be consistently on the podium. Nicely done Dean!
I am speculating that with all that seat time this week on the outer loop Dean is going to do very very well at the NASA Championships. Good Luck! I will see you at the 25 hour.
Region: San Francisco
Car #: 34
Year : 1992 Posts: 2279
What did Pratt get black flagged for? Nice dance with the Green/white car around Wildcat. So I take it those loud grinding sounds are from the wheel bearing? Sounded ugly. Great drive. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it. Maybe I'll catch it at Miller tomorrow when I see you!
Region: Waterford Hills
Car #: 38
Year : 96 Posts: 348
It is sad to see that series go. It had a lot going for it. The cars were very dependable and fast for what they were. Ford did a great job on the ER&D. It also was a great place for SM drivers to shine.
I was Car Chief for Capaldi for a year and was surprised the times the cars could lay down.
JD, it all makes sense seeing you at Barber in 2009 for the MCS event. I couldn’t figure it out at the time. JD at a all Mustang event? No Mazdas and JD. Didn't add up. Now it’s all clear.
-------------------- Ralph Provitz #38 2008 WHRRI SM Champion 2008 WHRRI Top 10 Overall V2 Motorsports, Race support, Data Dude