When Henry Ford crossed the finish line to beat Alexander Winton on Oct. 10, 1901 in a car he called ‘Sweepstakes’, he created the first milestone victory for Ford Racing.
In recognition of the 110th anniversary season of that historic win, Ford Racing has produced a sweepstakes of another sort for fans who want to interact and learn more about the memorable moments in the manufacturer’s racing history.
“There have been so many ground-breaking moments in Ford Racing history, we wanted to highlight those throughout this special year,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “Whether it was winning the 24 Hours of LeMans four straight years, Jimmy Clark teaming up with the Wood Brothers to win the Indianapolis 500, or John Force coming back to win his record 15th NHRA Funny Car championship, our racing history in all forms of worldwide motorsports is second to none, and we’re excited to have a website where fans can relive some of these classic events.”
The newly-created website, www.fordracing110.com, is live today and will provide regular news content, videos, polls, fantasy games, and forums for fans to discuss and comment on various topics. The initial news content focuses on NASCAR’s Wood Brothers, who are still basking in the glow of last month’s Daytona 500 victory with 20-year-old Trevor Bayne.
New content, video and photography will be continued to be added all year long, giving fans a chance to revisit some of the greatest moments of Ford’s past 110 years in racing.
Another part of the site is 110th Anniversary Sweepstakes, where fans can register for a chance to win the grand prize of a Ford Racing dream weekend in 2012. Five grand prize winners will get to choose a VIP weekend experience for two at one of the following 2012 events: NASCAR’s Daytona 500, NHRA’s Winternationals in Pomona, Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Grand-Am event in March, or Rally America’s X Games in July. Monthly winners will receive a limited-edition 110th Anniversary coin.
In addition, fans will be able to participate in a weekly helmet-to-helmet fantasy game in which two series’ drivers will be paired against each other. Fans will have the option to choose between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NHRA Funny Car, and World Rally Championship. The player with the most correct matches at the end of the year will win an autographed Ford Racing helmet.
“We feel our fans are the most passionate in all of motorsports,” said Allison. “This is the kind of site where we can engage them and talk to them about the greatest moments in Ford Racing history.”
Ford Motor Co.