2010 Ford Fusion, the first hybrid pace in NASCAR Sprint Cup

Ford has announced that the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Ford Fusion Sport, which will make their debuts next week, at the LA Auto Show, have been chosen to be the official pace cars of the Ford 400, the NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale and the final race of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. The 2010 Fusion Hybrid will be the first hybrid electric vehicle ever to pace a NASCAR Sprint Cup event.

“The new Ford Fusion ups the ante in the mid-size sedan segment with outstanding fuel economy but retains what made it standout from the competition from the beginning - the fun-to-drive factor,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, who will wave the green flag at the start of Sunday’s Ford 400. “The Fusion Hybrid pacing the Ford 400 showcases exactly what our customers want, fuel economy and fun - and we’re pleased to be able to offer racing fans a glimpse of what’s to come at Sunday’s race.”

We find a little ironic that a hybrid car will be involved in a motorsport event, where fuel economy is not exactly the main attraction. But then again, who are we to judge?

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