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Daytona 500 Pace car auctioned before the race
« on: May 11, 2020, 08:58:30 PM »
The smell of high octane is in the air at Daytona Beach, and it is because the Daytona 500 it's getting closer, which is when the spectacle of NASCAR betting moves to Florida to shoot for the 804.7 miles. This year we will see the renovated 2011 Ford Mustang leading the training mode Pace Car; for the first time in 40 years Ford puts one of their models in this position.

The same car that will roll on the track at Daytona International Speedway has been auctioned by Barrett-Jackson for 330,000 dollars, and the money raised will go to a research foundation against juvenile diabetes (JDRF). A total of 50 replicas of this car will also be sold, but only the winner of this bid can enjoy the original car. The curious thing about this event is that although, according to the president of Barrett-Jackson, they have sold in auction many Pace Cars, but this is the first time the car was auctioned before the race, on January 23.

This Mustang is equipped with the new V8 engine with a displacement of 5.0 liters, 32 valves, which among other technologies includes variable valve timing and delivers 412 hp with a consumption of 9.4 litters/100 km on the highway. It has also been equipped with sports suspension, bar risers and an improved exhaust system which along with the tires that match the paint scheme makes this a truly special car.

The Daytona 500 will take place on February 14th this year and for those of you who you have never seen this race let me add a few fun facts: The 500 miles around the Daytona circuit usually only last the NASCAR cars between about three and a quarter to three and a half hours, with average speeds hovering around 245 km/h. Comebacks are very common and a good example is last edition's winner Matt Kenseth, racing for Roush Fenway Racing, who won the race after starting in 39th position and left the circuit with more than a million and a half dollars in his pocket as a reward.