By Adam Niemeyer
SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - Ford and Kentucky Speedway have announced a three-year renewal of their partnership along with two promotions centered on the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race—the Quaker State 400—on July 9th.
Ford has been the "Official Vehicle of the Kentucky Speedway" since the track's inception in 2000, and Ford will continue their partnership with the track in Sparta through 2013.
Ford's Cincinnati Regional Manager Greg Wood said, "Ford and its more than 6,600 Kentucky employees are excited to power the Speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup season."
Ford will also provide the pace car for the Quaker State 400. A Special Edition 2012 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible will pace the field and Ford has put the one-of-a-kind cars on sale starting today, May 11th.
AJ Allmendinger, drive of the No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion is fired up about visiting the 1.5-mile oval in Kentucky for the first-ever Sprint Cup race in July. "Something for me that has me excited about the event is just in the past couple years with the Nationwide event coming here you could see how big the crowd is, and how excited the fans are here.
"For me as a driver, that's something that knowing what just the standalone Nationwide race was compared to what the Sprint Cup event is going to be with over 100,000 people. [It] gets me pumped up to get in the racecar and drive it."
Folks who buy a limited-edition car will have the chance to drive a Cup driver around the track during pre-race introductions, wave the green flag for a qualifying lap on July 8th, meet a Ford driver and get autographs and enjoy four complimentary tickets to the "Quaker State 400."