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 Fusion Energi to be First Plug-in to Pace NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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BROOKLYN, Mich. – Four Michigan companies – Michigan International Speedway, Ford, Pure Michigan and Quicken Loans – today partnered to unveil the Ford Fusion Energi as the 2013 Official Pace Car at NASCAR’s fastest track.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi will pace the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 on June 16 and the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 18. The plug-in hybrid will be the first such car to pace a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This NASCAR plug-in hybrid, a distinction made possible thanks to the terrific partnership between MIS, Quicken Loans, Pure Michigan and Ford.
 
“We are excited to announce this opportunity for our fans to win the 2013 Official Pace Car,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It is great that we are able to work with such outstanding partners and it makes it even better since they are each based in Michigan. It is exciting to see four Michigan companies work together for our fans.”

One lucky fan will have the opportunity to win the pace car as part of the MI Pace Car Sweepstakes during the Pure Michigan 400. Each of the four monthly winners will receive great prizes during the summer-long sweepstakes announced Tuesday.
 
Fans can enter the sweepstakes at www.mipacecar.com and complete the entry form. For a copy of full sweepstakes rules, including eligibility, please click here.
 
“This fan sweepstakes highlights the best Michigan has to offer – from fantastic destinations to world-class companies and cutting-edge automobiles,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan.  “We are excited to join with Quicken Loans, Ford Racing and MIS to offer five lucky fans the ultimate Pure Michigan experience.”
 
The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid which is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, making it the most fuel-efficient midsize car in America.  The Energi has a 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine along with a Lithium-ion high voltage battery.
 
“Ford is proud to join with MIS and these other great Michigan partners to provide our fans with a unique way to literally take home part of the race weekends with them,” said Ford Racing Motorsports Marketing Manager Tim Duerr. 
 
“Our 2013 Fusion Energi, anticipated to be the most fuel efficient midsize car in America, is another example of Ford using high-visibility pace car programs like this to showcase the capabilities of our great new products to the millions of loyal NASCAR fans at MIS and watching around the country.”
 
All race tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.
 
Keep up with Michigan International Speedway via Twitter @MISpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MISpeedway. You can also follow track president Roger Curtis on Twitter at @MISRoger.
Join our Mobile Fan Club by texting MISCLUB on a Sprint Handheld or other mobile device to 69050. Standard text message rates may apply.
 
2013 Michigan International Speedway Schedule
Saturday, May 18      Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson
 
Friday, June 14          ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Sprint Cup Qualifying
Saturday, June 15      NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250
Sunday, June 16         NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400
 
Friday, Aug. 16          NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
Saturday, Aug. 17       NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sunday, Aug. 18         NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400

  

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