Elliott set to Crack NASCAR Speed Record in an E-85 Ford Mustang

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    It's not often records like this are broken. It's been 22 years as a matter of fact. The current (aged) record for NASCAR top speed is placed at 212.089 mph, set by Bill Elliott at the Talladega Superspeedway in a 1987 Ford Thunderbird. This Wednesday (May 13, 2009) will mark the time in which this record will likely fall. The folks at Hajek Motorsports have tweaked and tuned a Ford Mustang FR500C to run on E-85 fuel to be the steed Bill pilots in this attempt. It should be an easy record to displace, given this Mustang has already been clocked at about 252 mph at the Salt Flats. Who knew green could be so fast!? Be sure to check out the dyno video and the official Press Release from Ford regarding this exciting event.

  2. Anyone know what channel this will be televised on ?
  3. I'll check and see if I can find out.
  4. what did the car dyno at?
  5. Here's the email I got from ford; it clearly states towards the bottom of the article that they're preparing for the event which will happen today/this afternoon. It just doesn't say anytihng about being televised unfortunately. That's horrible not to televise an event such as this in my opinion. Didn't say anything about radio either.
    AMES, Okla., May 6, 2009 – Brent Hajek already has a passion for living, but that passion burns brightest when he’s talking about racing, racing history and his love of all things Ford. Fortunately for fans of Ford, Hajek’s passion has prompted the Ames, Oklahoma native and owner of Hajek Motorsports to pursue his own place in racing history.

    Hajek Motorsports has been around since the 1970s, and over the years Brent Hajek has amassed an impressive collection of historical race cars, predominantly Ford, that once carried some of the biggest names in racing.

    Those vehicles include a NHRA Gas Ronda '66 Ford Mustang, Bob Glidden’s '88 Ford Thunderbird, Parnelli Jones’ '63 NASCAR Mercury Marauder, David Pearson’s '69 Ford Torino Talladega, and Bill Elliott’s ’87 Ford Thunderbird, which is the all-time NASCAR speed record holder.

    For Hajek, a successful oilman and a farmer, owning motorsports history wasn’t enough. He wanted to make his own racing history.

    “It all changed when I first saw the Mustang FR500C,” said Hajek. “That car was amazing and it really got me thinking about how we could really accomplish some cool things if we put our minds to it. The FR500C has won championships and it has won high profile races, but I felt like it hasn’t received the credit or attention it deserves. So I decided it was time to chase some of these records and to make a little history. I started talking with the guys at Ford Racing and they have been incredibly supportive of our efforts.”

    Last August, he took an E-85 converted Mustang FR500C to the Bonneville Salt Flats in search of the land speed record for an Ethanol powered car. Forced to run in the unlimited fuel class, his E-85 Ethanol powered Mustang posted an initial run of over 252 mph. A mechanical failure didn’t allow the team to make the validation run, but the 252 mph run earned their car the unofficial designation by some as the ‘fastest production Mustang on earth.’

    On Wednesday, May 13, Hajek Motorsports will embark on its next challenge, with technical support from Ford Racing, when they attempt to break the 22-year-old NASCAR speed record held by Bill Elliott. Elliott himself will pilot Hajek’s E-85 Mustang FR500C, which has been reconfigured to NASCAR specs, at Talladega in an attempt to break his 212.089 mph qualifying lap from 1987 at the same track. FIA officials will be on site to verify the attempt and to validate the record.

    Hajek Motorsports and Ford Racing hopes to continue the success from Hajek’s last Ford Racing-related program. It was Hajek who eagerly accepted the challenge of taking delivery of the first 40th Anniversary Mustang FR500CJ, better known as the Mustang Cobra Jet. With only a month to prepare, he entered four Cobra Jet’s for the NHRA season opener in Pomona, Calif. Not only did his team meet the deadline, but Hajek’s Cobra Jet driven by John Calvert duplicated the success of the original CJ’s by winning its debut race at the NHRA Winternationals.

    “Brent and his team typify the high level of enthusiasm and dedication we see from a lot of our grass roots racers and private teams that campaign Ford cars and trucks in a wide variety of series every week,” said Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North American Motorsports. “Hajek Motorsports has set their focus on breaking a variety of racing records and, although they are a private team, we are glad to aid them with engineering and technical support in their quest to make motorsports history while driving a Ford.”

    “It got to the point where I was running out of cars to collect so I decided I better create some new classics,” said Hajek. “Nobody has ever taken the same car to Bonneville and Talladega, so we decided to be the first to do it. I have always thought that the only person who should break Bill Elliott’s NASCAR speed record is Bill Elliott, so next week will be pretty exciting for everyone involved.”

    The Hajek Motorsports E-85 Mustang is currently at Bill Elliott’s race shop in Dawsonville, Georgia, going through final preparations. Early next week, the team will scrub tires and do initial testing, in anticipation of breaking the record on Wednesday afternoon.
    end of article
  6. Here's another shot of the car. They are rained out right now; hopefully the weather clears up soon.

  7. Elliot Video in E85 Nascar Mustang

    He was only able to complete 2 short laps at approx 174 mph before he blew a tire and went into the wall so they will attempt another run on a different day. If it get any more emails I'll post them here. click here to see video - Nice looking Nascar Stang ! Now this is one I'd like to be looking at on race day. Looks more like a Grand-am setup though to my eyes. Maybe cause I love Grand-Am?
    Sounds good too!, so turn up the volume - turn up the volume, bass,bass..!
    Notes:Ford Racing News ,
    Elliott's Run at Speed Record Has Mixed Results Brent Hajek brought his E85 Mustang FR500C to Talladega Superspeedway for Bill Elliott to establish a closed course speed mark for an E85-powered car. Elliott, the NASCAR and Ford Racing legend, was able to establish a USAC-certified E85 mark of 174.206 mph in just two timed laps.

    Unfortunately, while still doing preliminary shake down runs, a cut right front tire on Elliott's third lap spun the Mustang FR500C into the Turn 2 wall. The team will come back another day. Much better news in the Elliott family comes from Cindy Elliott, Bill's wife, who informs us that their 13-year-old son, Chase, became the youngest driver to ever win a late model sanctioned point's event when he won at Lanier in his first race with a Ford Racing crate motor-powered Fusion. Get an FRPP crate motor of your own and start winning today.