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Multimatic Set to Debut Factory Ford Racing Mustang FR500C at Daytona

DAYTONA, FL (February 1st, 2005) – After months of design and development in conjunction with Ford Racing Technology, Multimatic Motorsports this week will debut the new Ford Racing Mustang FR500C in Friday’s season-opening Grand-Am Cup Daytona 200.

Ford Racing Technology embarked on this program to return the Mustang to the race track , and unveiled the new Mustang FR500C racer at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association Show in Las Vegas in November last year. Ford Racing worked closely with Multimatic on the design, development, and build of the race car to Grand-Am specification.

Multimatic will enter a two-car factory-supported team in 2005 with 2002 Grand-Am Cup champions, Canadians Scott Maxwell and David Empringham driving the #55 car and American young-guns Gunnar Jeannette and James Gue aboard the #05 Mustang.

A total of five Ford Racing Mustang FR500C machines, built by Multimatic, are entered for the Friday’s Daytona 200 which is the major support event for this week’s Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car event.

Additional Ford Racing Mustang FR500Cs contesting the opening Grand Am Cup race of the year include the #5 Blackforest Motorsports, #10 Champion Motorsports and #37 JBS Motorsports entries.

“This week is the culmination of a year of hard work by everybody at Multimatic and Ford Racing,” Multimatic Vice President and team Technincal Director, Larry Holt said.

“The five cars at Daytona this week are all built identically and we are very confident the Ford Racing Mustang FR500C will be very competitive.

“The recent Daytona test was certainly full of pressure for the entire program. Not only did it provide us with a gauge over performance against the competition, but the car was under observation by Grand-Am for its final homologation.

“The Mustang is a classic American muscle-car and Multimatic is very proud to be entrusted with the responsibility of bringing factory-supported Mustang FR500Cs to the race track.”

Ford Racing Performance Parts will offer the Multimatic-prepared Mustang FR500C in Grand-Am Cup specification, as well as all the racing components necessary for race team support and for those enthusiasts interested in enhancing their own Mustangs.

The Multimatic Motorsports’ Mustangs will hit the track for the first time at 11.45am on Thursday for the opening practice for the Daytona 200.

Qualifying takes place at 5.15pm on Thursday followed by a further practice session on Friday morning. The 57 lap, 200 mile, 3 hour Daytona 200 will greet the green flag at 2.00pm on Friday.

Quotes

Scott Maxwell

“We have done an incredible amount of work in developing this car but even after going so well at the test we really can’t be over confident because we are not sure who was ‘showing their hand’. The car certainly feels extremely strong but we know we have a fight on our hands because the Grand Am Cup competition is so competitive. I am certainly very confident, but prepared for anything. David and I will make a great combination because we like the car the same and there is no ego battles between us.”

David Empringham

“The team at Multimatic have done a fantastic job with this car. The Mustang felt fantastic during the test days and the handling was really amazing. I think we have a really good race car with lots of power, but we know there is lots of competition out there. I am really looking forward to teaming up with Scott again because we make a really strong combination. We won the championship together back in 2002 and we would love to repeat it again.”

Gunnar Jeannette

“Everybody is really looking forward to the debut race in the Mustang. It has been a long wait since we began testing the car last June and the entire team is very anxious to get on track for our first race. We have a lot of faith in the car and the recent Daytona tests showed the Mustang will be very strong. Larry Holt and all the boys at Multimatic have worked exceptionally hard on this program and I am looking forward to the responsibility of being a factory Ford driver”

James Gue

“Gunnar and I both have similar backgrounds with our fathers heavily involved in sports car racing and it is going to be very neat to have him as a team-mate. The Mustang ran faultlessly for three days at the Daytona test days and obviously we are very encouraged by the performance so far. I am really excited about the Mustang program and can’t wait to get started – it is going to be a really good year ahead with Multimatic.”