Fresh from yesterday’s news item about a Hajek Motorsports Cobra Jet Mustang drag car, we got news that Brent Hajek and his band of cronies aim to set the “closed course speed record for a Ford Mustang fueled by E-85.” We’re thinking that’s not too lofty a goal considering that there are not many E-85 circle-track cars out there. In fact, the only closed-course Mustang we can recall is a 200-mph Fox body from Car Craft in the early 1990s.
However, the car being run is the same one that recently set a record at 252 mph at Bonneville, so we’re sure a good time will be had by all.
Here’s the official press release.
Hajek Motorsports announced today that they will establish the closed course speed record for a Ford Mustang fueled by E-85 Ethanol. Hajek Motorsports, Ford Racing and NASCAR driver Bill Elliott have teamed up to establish a closed course speed record on E-85 with the reconfigured Bonneville LandSpeed Mustang at Talladega Super Speedway on Wednesday May 13th. This will be certified by USAC (United States Auto Club) as a track record.
This is the same E-85 Ford Mustang that Dave Despain of Speed TV said “Arguably the fastest Mustang on the planet.” after it went over 252 mph at Bonneville driven by Danny Thompson last August. The E-85 Ford Mustang has been reconfigured to NASCAR specs and will driven by the legendary NASCAR champion Bill Elliott. Elliott holds the record for the fastest stockcar.
Hajek Motorsports Museum has one of the most impressive collections of vintage record breaking race cars in the country. One of the cars in this collection is Bill Elliott’s 87 Ford Thunderbird that is still today the fastest stockcar. May 1, 1986 – Race car driver Bill Elliot set a stock car speed record with his Ford Thunderbird in Talladega, AL. Elliott zipped around the track at 212.229 mph. This classic race car will be on display at the Talladega Super Speedway during the event.