|There were tires...|
|Bowyer's #15 5-Hour Energy Ride|
|2013 Fusion next to 2012 Fusion|
All of the safety features that have been implemented in the 2012 cars have carried over to the new models for next season. This includes all of the seat improvements, harness devices, padding in the doors, fire extinguishers, etc.
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Matt Kenseth said after driving the 2013 Fusion race car that it drives exactly like the 2012. The same performance out of a vehicle that looks so much better is definitely a win-win situation.
After the 2013 Fusion was examined by a team of top notch Scientists (including myself), we infiltrated the garage area (with the appropriate passes) for a short tour. Greg Biffle’s #16 3M hauler was left unlocked. Hijinks were set to ensue, but crew members who valued their jobs talked us out of it. The hauler contains everything that the team could possibly need on a race weekend, even a Keurig machine, bananas, springs, coils, chemicals, gloves, and brand name carpet.
|Even the carpet smelled like winning|
I asked permission to take some pictures because certain items that were laid out had super-secret information written on them and I really didn’t want to get anyone fired just so the eight people who read this blog can feel like they had a behind the scenes look. Biffle is leading the points right now, so I don’t want to be the one to ruin that either…
Behind the hauler were Biffle’s, Kenseth’s, and Eranhardt Jr.’s cars in the garage. Everything was up for grabs picture-wise, except for the engine compartment. It’s like they’re trying to win a race or something… Up close the 2012 cars are impressive, but the exhaust is incredibly loud. Without ear protection, hearing loss probably begins immediately.
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All of the crews were extremely polite and no one seemed the least perturbed that some bearded guy was wandering through the garage with a camera. Thank you, Ford Racing, for an incredible experience. I never thought I'd ever be this close to vehicles that routinely travel at 200 mph.
I was already looking forward to driving a 2013 Fusion production car, but the look of 2013 Sprint Cup series car has me very excited for next year. Good Luck to everyone this weekend!
2013 Ford Fusion Racing
Putting the “stock” back in Stock Car Racing.
P.S. I heard that phrase so often today that I had to write it down, but I totally didn’t come up with it. Please don’t sue me if you did.