(from Ford Press
Release) With less than one day’s experience behind the
wheel of his new Ford Racing Mustang GT race car, car owner and
driver Tom Nastasi, with co-driver Ian James, claimed victory in the
opening race of the 2005 Grand-Am Cup season at Daytona
International Speedway. The win marks the first race and first win
for Ford Racing’s Mustang GT race car built off the new 2005 Mustang
GT that is currently available in Ford dealerships.
"The car is awesome," said Tom Nastasi, owner of the #5 Ford Racing
Mustang GT run by Blackforest Motorsports. "It was delivered to me
on Wednesday, and the race was Friday. I was only able to put
practice laps on the car, and didn’t make any changes. It was that
good right out-of-the box."
Ford Racing’s development team, a two-car effort run by Multimatic
Motorsports, finished in 2nd and 9th place. Two other Ford Racing
Mustang GT race cars were campaigned, with 11th place captured by
the # 37 JBS Motorsports car with drivers Jim and Bret Seafuse, and
22nd place by the #10 Champion Motorsports car with drivers Brad
Lehmann and BJ Zacharias.
"When we started this program our goal was to build and sell
identical Mustangs that people could win with and I think we proved
that here at Daytona," said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing
Technology. "I'm thrilled that Blackforest Motorsports, one of our
first customers, won the season-opening Grand-Am Cup race in one of
these cars. It just goes to show that these new Mustangs are very
competitive and they give their owners a legitimate shot to win. It
wasn't the fastest car on the track, but it won, and this is a great
way to kick off Speedweeks for Ford in Daytona."
The race wasn’t without excitement right down to the finish when the
#5 Blackforest Motorsports car was being chased down by the #55
Multimatic factory team. Ian James drove the first stint in the #5
Ford Racing Mustang and made the brilliant call to just take on gas,
and no new tires, during their only pit stop and driver change in
"The engine started to stumble coming down the final stretch, and
actually ran out of gas just as we crossed the finish line," said
Nastasi. "The team had to push the car into Victory Lane."
"It’s a testament to how good this race car is and the development
that went into it that we could run the whole race on one set of
tires, and win."
The Ford Racing Mustang GT was developed by Ford Racing Performance
Parts, in conjunction with Multimatic Motorsports, and will be sold
as a complete "ready-to-race" package for the Grand-Am Cup Series.
"We couldn’t have asked for a better start for our Mustang
competition program," said Primo Goffi, Mustang program manager,
Ford Racing Performance Parts. "We’re extremely happy with the
results of the Grand-Am Cup 200 here at Daytona, especially for our