Don Roy
June 1, 2008
Photos By: Courtesy of the Manufacturer

Show Me The Cash
The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup will feature 45-minute sprint races and run as a support series for the main event. Each race weekend will include two 30-minute practice sessions, a 25-minute qualifying session, and the 45-minute race. Entry fees for the series will total $1,300 per competitor per race, including a paddock hospitality package for up to four people.

According to the organizers, the prize for the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge will exceed $300,000 and pay out through 20th Place. Each individual race purse will total $27,000, with $5,000 going to the winner. Championship bonuses will total $69,000 and will be paid through 10th Place, with the season champion receiving $15,000. There will also be a Champion's Reward, which is a guaranteed drive in a Ford Mustang FR500C in the '09 season opener for the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series at Daytona International Speedway.

Now, if committing to the entire series isn't in your game plan, either because of timing or funds, there will be a number of "arrive and drive" options available. One company has already committed to supplying multiple cars for this purpose, and other rides may become available as the season progresses. TC Motorsports (www.tcmotorsports.net) out of Auburn, Washington, provides race-car preparation, maintenance, and transportation, as well as full arrive-and-drive support.

Whether your road-racing aspirations are modest or magnificent, there's a Mustang for every stage. You could start in SCCA T2-class competition with a Shelby GT, or head to Europe and dash around the famous circuits such as Silverstone with an FR500GT3 in FIA GT competition. If, like many of us, your budget or ability tempers your aspirations, many options are still available. You just have to go out and find the level that has championship potential for you.

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At A Glance
Ford Racing FR500S Spec Racer

Engine

  • Ford Racing 4.6L, Three-Valve, aluminum-block V-8
  • Engine Modifications
    Ford Racing Recalibrated PCM
    84mm cold-air intake kit
    Borla stainless steel long-tube headers and X pipe system
    Dyno-checked and factory sealed after assembly

    Driveline
    Ford Racing six-speed
    Upgraded clutch
    Short-throw shifter
    3:73-ratio axle with Torsen differential
    Front and rear driveshaft loops

    Chassis
    Ford Racing front strut tower brace
    Rack-and-pinion steering
    Race ABS calibration
    Brembo four-piston 14-in front brakes with race pads front and rear

    Exterior
    Factory-built and -painted body shell
    Polycarbonate plastic quarter and rear windows
    Front splitter, rear wing

    Interior
    All sound deadening and seam sealer deleted at factory
    Lighter, vehicle-specific wiring harnesses for minimum necessary functionality
    Watson Engineering rollcage built to FIA, SCCA, NASA, and Grand-Am specifications
    Complete safety system including integral side head-restraint seat
    Six-point HANS-compatible harness, steering wheel with quick-release hub
    Fire-suppression system and window net
    Master cutoff switch and center switch panel
    AIM MXL data-acquisition system

    Suspension
    Two-way front adjustable front dampers with coil springs
    Adjustable antiroll bar
    Adjustable ride height
    Front camber/caster plates
    Rear Panhard rod
    Two-way adjustable rear dampers with coilover springs
    Rear antiroll bar
    Adjustable ride height

    Wheels And Tires
    BFGoodrich g-Force R1 high-performance 245/40/R18 tires
    Ford Racing 18x9.5-in aluminum wheels, 7.125-in backspacing, 45mm offset

    Numbers

  • 325 flywheel horsepower
  • Ford Racing Mustang Challenge For The Milller Cup
    2008 Series Schedule

    May 3, 2008
    > Track: Road Atlanta
    Where: Braselton, GA
    Course: 2.54-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course

    June 15, 2008
    Track: Mosport International Raceway
    Where: Bowmanville, ON, Canada
    Course: 2.46-mile, 10-turn natural-terrain road course

    June 22, 2008
    Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
    Where: Lexington, OH
    Course: 2.26-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain road course

    July 20, 2008
    Track: Barber Motorsports Park
    Where: Birmingham, AL
    Course: 2.3-mile, 16-turn natural-terrain road course

    August 16, 2008
    Track: Lime Rock Park
    Where: Lakeville, CT
    Course: 1.54-mile, eight-turn natural-terrain road course

    August 31, 2008
    Track: New Jersey Motorsports Park
    Where: Millville, NJ
    Course: 2.25-mile, 14-turn natural-terrain road course

    September 21, 2008
    Track: Miller Motorsports Park (double-header)
    Where: Tooele, UT
    Course: 4.49-mile natural-terrain road course