New Mustang Qualifies 1-2 for CTSC Season Opener

New Mustang Qualifies 1-2 for CTSC Season Opener

DAYTONA, Fla. (Jan 26, 2017) – Courtesy of Ford Performance – The newest Ford Mustang to take on the sports car scene shut out the front row in qualifying for the season opener of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway.

Driver Dean Martin drove the KohR Motorsports JDRF Ford Mustang to a hard-fought p1 position in the Grand Sport class, passing defending Continental Tire SportsCar champion Scott Maxwell in the final minutes of the session.

“I just started getting after it, waiting for my Continental Tires to come in,” Martin said. “I just found that sweet spot on the third or fourth lap. I had a good lap going and I just chucked it into the Bus Stop. I wasn’t sure I was going to come out the other side. I just carried a ton of speed, drafted up behind another car and got a really good pull from them and just popped out past and put down the time.”


The KohR JDRF Ford Mustang, the first customer car of its type, was delivered to the team just last week after the newest in a long line of Mustangs designed for sports car racing was unveiled at the SEMA Show in November.

“It was pretty exciting for a time out there,” Martin said. “I had no idea what was going on until after I turned the laps and the guys told me ‘It’s you and then Maxwell, and he’s .02-seconds behind you,’ but I didn’t know which position I was in. We had some new car teething issues for the afternoon, but it all came together in qualifying.”

The Ford Mustang carrying the Blue Oval banner in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series is equipped with the next generation, naturally aspirated 5.2L V8 racing engine specifically tuned for the competition it was designed for. The race engine was engineered, validated and built by Ford Performance in partnership with Roush Yates Engines.

A lightweight, compact six-speed Holinger paddle shift transmission delivers proven race durability with direct-pneumatic activation for fast, positive and consistent gear shifts. The powertrain also carries a dry sump oiling system, ZF-developed twin-plate racing clutch and flywheel.

Aerodynamic enhancements on the Mustang include a rear wing, the design of which was derived from lessons learned by the Ford GT racing program, front splitter, hood venting, diveplanes and rear diffuser.

On the interior, the Mustang carries a full FIA-compliant roll cage and race-oriented dash logger from MoTeC.