Goin' green at Homestead-Miami

November, 9, 2008
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Fusion Pace Car
Courtesy of FordCheck out the first hybrid pace car in Cup history.

Just how big of a marketing platform is NASCAR for Ford?

The manufacturer will be debuting the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid as the pace car for next Sunday's Ford 400 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Otherwise, the car will not be seen publicly until the Los Angeles Auto Show a week later on Nov. 19.

It will mark the first time a hybrid electric car will pace a Sprint Cup event, which is both pretty neat and, I have to say, pretty strange.

The car will be available to the public in the spring of 2009. It can operate in electric mode at speeds up to 47 mph with a range of more than 700 miles of city driving on a single tank of gas.
Angelique S. Chengelis is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage.

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