2011 Shelby GT350 to Pace the LVMS Race

After in the middle of January Shelby American pulled the wraps off the Mustang-based 2011 Shelby GT350, the American builder announced today the car will pace the Shelby American Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, marking the first time a Shelby GT350 paces a NASCAR race.

The event will also be used to mark the 45th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 and 427 Cobra introductions in 1965.

"Since so much of the GT350 was developed on the road course, drag strip and oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was appropriate to show off the Shelby's handling there during the race," Amy Boylan, president of Shelby American said according to NASCAR.

"After it was hand built in our new design studio, it began extensive testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by veteran test drivers Vince LaViolett and Gary Patterson. We’re all proud to be part of this milestone Shelby car,” Gary Davis, vice president of production for Shelby American added.

The GT350 is powered by a Coyote 5.0 liter Ford Mustang GT engine coupled to a 6 speed manual transmission and center exit exhaust. Other original parts have been replaced or enhanced through the use of parts coming from partners Ford Racing, Goodyear, Borla, Cragar and Baer.

The suspension was upgraded with new Ford Racing springs, struts, sway bars and adjustable caster/camber plates. The car also receives a new front fascia, tail light trim, front splitter, rear deck lid filler panel and rear fascia.

As we have already seen, the GT350 will be finished in traditional white with Shelby Guardsman blue Le Mans stripes, the same guise it will wear on the LMVS track.
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