Ford Fusion Will Be NASCAR's First Hybrid Race Pacer
By KBB.com Editors on November 11, 2008 2:03 PMThe 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is slated to become the first vehicle of its kind to serve as a NASCAR pace car when it leads a field of 43 Sprint Cup chargers around a 1.5-mile high-banked tri-oval for the start of the Ford 400 this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Highlighting its clean, green theme, this mid-size gasoline-electric sedan will be sporting a unique NASCAR-inspired "camouflage" paint scheme in addition to introducing an all-new and upgraded version of Ford's hybrid technology. The Sprint Cup finale will be the first public appearance for this latest addition to the 2010 Fusion lineup, although the 2010 Fusion Hybrid will take center stage on the FoMoCo display at the Los Angeles Auto Show later that week prior to arriving in dealerships early next spring.
In one more verdant flourish, Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, will be on hand at Miami-Homestead to wave the green flag that kicks off the action. He foresees a promising future for this eco-oriented extension of the brand: "The Fusion Hybrid pacing the Ford 400 showcases exactly what our customers want, fuel economy and fun -- and we're pleased to be able to offer fans a glimpse of what's to come at Sunday's race." While Jimmie Johnson holds a commanding points lead as he attempts to win the 2008 Sprint Cup title in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevy Malibu, Carl Edwards, who drives a Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion, remains the only other driver with a mathematical chance to claim the championship in this season's final event.